Southampton vs Man Utd Preview | Utd Injury Blow | Expected Line-Ups | Prediction
Here is our match preview ahead of Man Utd’s Premier League clash with Southampton including team news, expected line-ups and predicted score
Manchester United will be desperate for a win to close in on the top four when they take on Southampton at St Mary’s this evening.
United warmed up for the game with a last gasp win over Young Boys on Tuesday night with Marouane Fellaini scoring in stoppage time to book their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
However, it’s Premier League matters at hand today as United look to get back to winning ways having taken just one point from their last two league games with the Red Devils losing 3-1 to Manchester City before being held to a 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace last weekend.
Jose Mourinho’s men now sit seventh in the table – seven points off the top four and a whopping 14 adrift of leaders City – so United desperately need to take all three point back with them from the south coast this evening.
But they’ll take on a Southampton fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the table as Mark Hughes is under pressure following a poor run that has left them sitting level on points with Fulham at the foot of the table.
United were dealt an injury blow ahead of the game as Alexis Sanchez is expected to be out until the New Year after tearing his hamstring in training on Thursday while Victor Lindelof is also on the sidelines with a groin problem.
Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian missed the game against Young Boys in midweek through injury but Luke Shaw is back in contention after returning from domestic suspension.
Mourinho has confirmed that Diogo Dalot will make his Premier League debut so the teenager will replace Antonio Valencia at right-back while Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba are pushing for recalls after being left on the bench in midweek.
Southampton will once again be without on-loan Liverpool forward Danny Ings due to a hamstring injury while Ryan Bertrand is set to miss out with a back complaint.
Southampton 0-2 Man Utd: The Saints haven’t beaten United in any of their last seven home league games and are yet to register a victory at St Mary’s this season so the visitors should be confident of getting a positive result today. Mourinho’s men aren’t playing well and have been grinding out results but this is a great opportunity for them to secure a morale-booting win. I’m backing the Manchester giants to win 2-0.
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