Manchester United take charge Southampton during a lunchtime kick-off at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday in the hope of securing back-to-back Premier League wins.
Erik ten Hag picked up his first win as Manchester United boss on Monday as his side produced an impressive performance to beat rivals Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford. Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford scored the goals for the Red Devils, who bounced back strongly from last weekend’s Brentford debacle.
Victory over Liverpool should have given Man United much-needed confidence, and Ten Hag will hope his boys back him up with three more points against Southampton.
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Victor Lindelof (hitting), Brandon Williams (undisclosed) and Facundo Pellistri (ankle) are all out injured for Manchester United.
Anthony Martial provided Erik ten Hag with a timely boost as he returned to the squad against Liverpool. The French striker came on in the second half on Monday and grabbed the assist for Rashford’s goal.
Meanwhile, Casemiro has been unveiled at Old Trafford ahead of the Liverpool game but it remains to be seen whether or not he’s signed up in time to be in the squad for the Southampton trip.
Expected line-up of Man United v Southampton (4-2-3-1)
Despite a difficult afternoon in Brentford, David de Gea was kept in goal by Ten Hag against Liverpool on Monday. And he rewarded his manager’s confidence with a solid display, making some crucial saves in United’s 2-1 win. The Spaniard will have brought a lot of confidence home after this performance.
Raphael Varane made his first start of the season against Liverpool and had his best game yet as a Man United player. He looked rock solid next to it Lisandro Martinez in central defence, like the pair with full-backs Diogo Dalot and Tyrell Malacia kept the front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Luis Diaz silent for the majority of parts of the match.
Big calls from Ten Hag to drop Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw from the first XI have paid off and he is likely to stick with the same back four against Southampton this weekend.
In the middle of the field, Scott McTominay is ready to keep his place after a decent performance in the last game. It will start next to Christian Erikson into the double pivot hoping to control the tempo of the game at St Mary’s Stadium.
Bruno Fernandes led his troops so well against Jurgen Klopp’s side, showing great energy and commitment throughout 90 minutes. He is certain to start in the No.10 role.
With Antoine Martial Back in full form and making an impact in United’s last game, the Frenchman is set to lead the attack at Southampton. Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho will keep their places on the flanks, which means that Cristiano Ronaldo will start on the bench again.