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Starting XI: Matic and Fellaini return; Lukaku leads the line at Southampton

Manchester United travel down to the South Coast of England for their first 15:00 BST kick off in the Premier League against Southampton at St Mary’s. United have started their league campaign on good stead this season, beating West Ham United (4-0), Swansea City (4-0), Leicester City (2-0), drawing with Stoke City (2-2) and beating Everton (4-0) last weekend. In the UEFA Champions League, United beat FC Basel (3-0) last week also winning in the third round fo the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night at Old Trafford, seeing off Championship side Burton Albion (4-1), conceding the first goal at Old Trafford this season. United will be looking to keep their Premier League season in good stead, seeking a victory away to Southampton, keeping in with a shout of staying at the top of the league, matching Manchester City with results, points and goals scored. Jose Mourinho’s side have had a great start this season.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Young;

Matic, Fellaini;

Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford;

Lukaku

Substitutes:

Romero; Smalling, Blind; Lingard, Carrick, Herrera; Martial

Manchester United and Southampton have played 121 matches in all competitions since the first fixture between the two sides, played on the 13th February 1897 – a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory to Newton Heath four days later. United have won 68 times, drawing 30 and losing just 28, which will see Southampton as the side with all to achieve against United, who are starting to show their strength in the Premier League and beyond this season. In the last three matches between the two clubs, United are undefeated winning at Old Trafford in the Premier League last season, a 2-0 scoreline with a brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In the EFL Cup final at Wembley, the second match between the two clubs last season, United won 3-2, again a brace from Ibrahimovic with Jesse Lingard scoring also. At St Mary’s in the penultimate match of the season, it was a 0-0 draw with United getting ready for the UEFA Europa League final a week later. United have had many unbeaten runs over the Saints, the last one totaling eleven matches, running from a 3-2 victory on the 31st January 2004 to a 2-1 victory on the 8th December 2014.

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