Confirmed Starting XI: Rashford, Lukaku and Sanchez lead the line; Gomes and Chong on the bench

Manchester United will be back in Premier League action on Saturday afternoon as then welcome Southampton at the Theatre of Dreams. United got themselves back to winning ways on Wednesday evening, beating Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park, which came three days after the 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford. United are in an injury crisis which has seen eight players on the sidelines after Marcus Rashford and Marcos Rojo were involved against Palace, although Rojo remained on the bench.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got United ticking just like they used to. Under the management of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, and injury crisis like this would have been debilitating and the results Solskjaer has managed to get probably would not have happened. United’s mood has been changed by Solskjaer’s arrival and even the players that were not pulling their weight under Mourinho are pulling theirs and more now. That is the Solskjaer effect.

United now have ten matches left to play in the Premier League this season with 30 points to gain. In his last eleven league matches, Solskjaer has won 29 of the 33 available points, which is great considering the form the club were in after Mourinho was sacked. United sit a point behind Arsenal, who are fourth, two points ahead of Chelsea, who are sixth and five points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur, who are currently third in the league. United have it all to win to save their season.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw;

McTominay, Pereira, Pogba;

Rashford, Lukaku, Sanchez


Grant; Bailly, Rojo, Dalot; Fred, Gomes; Chong

United and Southampton have played 124 times in the history of both clubs. United has won 64 times, drawing 32 times and losing just 28 times. The last defeat to Southampton was back on the 23 January 2016, a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford which saw Charlie Austin score the winning goal three minutes from time. United are undefeated in the last six matches against the Saints, winning three and drawing three, scoring eight goals, conceding four goals and keeping four clean sheets.

United has lost once and draw once, winning four times in their last six matches. It has seen them slip from fourth to fifth in the league, sitting just one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who they are yet to play next weekend. Solskjaer’s United responded well against Crystal Palace despite an injury crisis, which has brought out the best of some fringe players. In the last six matches, United has scored nine goals, conceding three goals, keeping four clean sheets.

Southampton has not been in the best of form this season which has seen them in the relegation zone more often than not. Two wins, two draws and two defeats in their last six matches see them as pretty unpredictable at this stage of the season. On Wednesday evening, beating Fulham 2-0 saw them rise from the relegation zone, stretching a lead over the bottom two teams, Fulham and Huddersfield Town. Seven goals scored, six goals conceded in the last six matches, just one clean sheet.

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