Competition: Premier League – Southampton vs. Manchester United
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium – Sunday, September 20 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)
Match Odds: Southampton 15/8 – Draw 11/5 – Manchester United 6/4
Both sides boast stern defences, proved by the fact that the Saints haven’t conceded in their last three Premier League outings.
Sunday will also see Morgan Schneiderlin return back at his old stomping ground, St. Mary’s, just months after leaving. The French international spent seven years with the south coast side before his summer move to United.
Southampton’s 2015 Premier League Record: P5 – W1 – D3 – L1Embed from Getty Images
United come into the game off the back of a dismal night in Eindhoven on Tuesday which saw them lose 2-1 to Dutch champions PSV and lose key man, and former Saint Luke Shaw to a horrific leg break.
They will be hoping for a better result on Sunday, and will also be hoping to see another wonder goal from new striker Anthony Martial, after he set Old Trafford alight with a solo effort last Saturday in his United debut against Liverpool.Embed from Getty Images
Though, should captain Wayne Rooney be fit to start, Martial make have to make an appearance off the bench. The Englishman remains a doubt but could be in line to start.
Manchester United’s 2015 Premier League Record: P5 – W3 – D1 – L1
Southampton are missing Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand and Florin Gardos with knee injuries. Jordy Clasie and Gaston Ramirez are still struggling to shake off niggling injuries and will miss the visit of United.
Manchester United will be without defenders Luke Shaw and Phil Jones for the trip to Saints. Shaw suffered a double fracture in his right leg in Champions League action on Tuesday night and Phil Jones is still struggling with a blood clot. Wayne Rooney is a doubt with a hamstring injury but could return in place of Anthony Martial.
Southampton’s last five: D/L/D/W/D
Manchester United’s last five: W/W/D/L/W
Key Stat: Manchester United have won on six of their last seven away trips to Southampton in all competitions.
Key Player: David De Gea – After a summer in limbo, Spanish stopper De Gea returned to his frightening best with a stellar display that earned United all three points against Liverpool last week. He remains United’s best asset and will be important here.Embed from Getty Images
Southampton 0-2 Manchester United – We’re not expecting it to be as easy as the scoreline may suggest for the Red Devils but we still expect them to take all three points and remain in the early season title chase.