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Predicted XI: [4-2-3-1] Cavani, Fernandes, Van de Beek, Williams and Tuanzebe to start against Southampton at St Mary’s?

Manchester United return to Premier League action as they face Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be fresh from their 4-1 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir, which saw a brace from Bruno Fernandes and a goal each from Marcus Rashford (from the penalty spot) and Daniel James, who scored his first goal of the season and his first in the UEFA Champions League during his career, which will have been a big occasion for him. Southampton will have had more rest being that they played a day before United, despite United also playing on Saturday evening.

United will be seeking to end November on a high, especially with nine matches to play in December – five of those to be played in a 12-day period between the 17th and 29th December. Solskjaer will be looking to keep United on the right track, which they seem to be on right now after their defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir just over three weeks ago, winning their last three matches in a row. With December looking like an important month, Solskjaer will be seeking to put United towards the top of the table, which is a possibility. United are not a terrible team but they have been playing terribly, perhaps because of a lack of pre-season this summer.

How United have faired against Southampton in the Premier League.

United and the Saints have played a total of 42 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won 26 times, the Saints have won seven times and the two teams have drawn nine times. United have scored 84 goals against the Saints; winning three penalties – scoring one of them. The Saints have scored 48 goals against United; winning one penalty and failing to score it. United have kept 11 clean sheets against Southampton with the Saints keeping six. In terms of discipline, United have been shown 55 yellow cards and one red card whereas the Saints have been shown 68 yellow cards and one red card.

In the last two Premier League matches played, neither team has won. At St Mary’s, which was played on the 31 August 2019, it was a 1-1 draw with Daniel James opening the scoring in the tenth minute of the match and Jannik Vestergaard scoring the equaliser in the 58th minute. Kevin Danso was sent off (second yellow card) in the 72nd minute of the match. At Old Trafford, which was played on the 13 July 2020, it was a 2-2 draw with Stuart Armstrong opening the scoring in the 12th minute, Marcus Rashford equalising in the 20th minute, Anthony Martial putting United ahead in the 23rd minute and Michael Obafemi equalising in added time.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Southampton in the Premier League at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon…

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea has been slowly returning to the form we have witnessed during his time as United’s number one. Dean Henderson will be playing a big part in that because of his ability in the position, which will ultimately become his in a matter of time. The Spaniard has confidence behind him and the will to win and succeed. That is enough to see the best of the 30-year-old at a time where United will require a solid goalkeeper to grind out the results. Between now and the end of 2020, United will be seeking to rise towards the summit of the Premier League. Some say this is a bad season but when you look at the gap, with United’s game in hand, they could be in the mix with the right results.

Defenders: Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles

United could have a few injury problems in defence for this match with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof both on the sidelines which could see them its this match. In case that happens, Brandon Williams could feature in the right-back position with Axel Tuanzebe partnering Harry Maguire in the centre of the defence. Alex Telles should keep his place at left-back, despite the fact that Luke Shaw has returned to training, not that he would be in action against his former club as it might be a bit soon for him. Solskjaer will have an eye on the defence, which has been United’s Achilles heel this season with a view to strengthening in January.

Midfield Two: Donny van de Beek, Fred

The midfield is an area that is very light in competition at this moment in time with Paul Pogba injured and not in great form, also with Scott McTominay likely out of action for a while. This leaves Fred and Donny van de Beek as the best options at this moment in time with Nemanja Matic a likely option from the bench should United need more defensive ability in the positions. Fred has risen to become a big game player at the club with his work rate and eye for winning the ball. He has received criticism but his form is here. The Dutchman has not started all that often and played well earlier in the week so will deserve to keep his place in the team.

Attacking Midfield: Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood

This is the area where the goals could be coming from. Bruno Fernandes is in the form of his life at this moment in time and is currently the clubs top scorer with nine goals in all competitions so far this season. Anthony Martial played a bit better on the left-wing, the position he used to play in before being made the main striker at the club. With the ability of Cavani, it could bring the Frenchman up to speed as he is not the best leader of the line at the club. With Marcus Rashford carrying an injury and the fact he could miss this match, Mason Greenwood could be drafted in to play on the right-wing, a position he has played in for a while now.

Forward: Edinson Cavani

The Uruguayan striker played some fantastic football against Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League on Tuesday evening and showed a different dimension of attack for the club, which was a positive. Cavani should lead the linen against Southampton based purely on the fact that he is a predatory striker that can be in the box when needed but also create some build up play for his teammates. It could well be that Marcus Rashford misses the match through injury or only comes off the bench with a bid to keeping him fit for the busy month of December which will see United play nine matches in total.

Substitutes: Dean Henderson; Victor Lindelof, Tim Fosu-Mensah; Paul Pogba, Daniel James, Nemanja Matic; Marcus Rashford

With just three substitutes permitted in the Premier League and other domestic competition this season, despite the UEFA Champions League having up to five substitutes, Solskjaer will be looking to have the best available players on the bench. Against Southampton, it is expected that Dean Henderson will be the substitute goalkeeper. In defence, Victor Lindelof could be involved if fit with Tim Fosu-Mensah covering in the fullback areas. In midfield; Paul Pogba, Daniel James and Nemanja Matic could be options. In attack, Marcus Rashford could come off the bench with a view to him not being fully fit to start but we shall see.

Written by John Walker

Preview: Southampton v Manchester United – Premier League

Southampton -v- Manchester United

Premier League

St Mary’s, Southampton

Sunday 29 November 2020, KO 14:00 GMT

Referee: Jonathan Moss Assistants: Marc Perry, Dan Robathan

Fourth Official: Graham Scott

VAR: Martin Atkinson Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood

Manchester United return to Premier League action as they face Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be fresh from their 4-1 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir, which saw a brace from Bruno Fernandes and a goal each from Marcus Rashford (from the penalty spot) and Daniel James, who scored his first goal of the season and his first in the UEFA Champions League during his career, which will have been a big occasion for him. Southampton will have had more rest being that they played a day before United, despite United also playing on Saturday evening.

United will be seeking to end November on a high, especially with nine matches to play in December – five of those to be played in a 12-day period between the 17th and 29th December. Solskjaer will be looking to keep United on the right track, which they seem to be on right now after their defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir just over three weeks ago, winning their last three matches in a row. With December looking like an important month, Solskjaer will be seeking to put United towards the top of the table, which is a possibility. United are not a terrible team but they have been playing terribly, perhaps because of a lack of pre-season this summer.

Manchester United: WWWLLW

Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1 W, West Bromwich Albion 1-0 W, Everton 3-1 W, Istanbul Basaksehir 2-1 L, Arsenal 1-0 L, RB Leipzig 5-0 W

Southampton: DWWWDW

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 D, Newcastle United 2-0 W, Aston Villa 4-3 W, Everton 2-0 W, Chelsea 3-3 D, West Bromwich Albion 2-0 W

Top Scorers: Bruno Fernandes has scored nine goal so far this season with Marcus Rashford scoring eight. Danny Ings has five goals for the Saints, but he is out of action through injury for this match and the next few that follow it.

Manchester United Goals: 9 – Bruno Fernandes, 8 – Marcus Rashford, 2 – Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, 1 – Edinson Cavani, Daniel James, Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay, Own Goal, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Aaron Wan-Bissaka

United seem to have recovered form a season which has been mixed for them. In all competitions, they have won their last three matches; Everton 3-1, West Bromwich Albion 1-0 and Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1 – scoring eight goals and conceding twice, also keeping one clean sheet. United sit in eleventh place in the Premier League after Newcastle United beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Friday, which may chance again after Saturday’s matches are played. Solskjaer’s side should be seeking to increase their goal difference, which currently sits at -1 with all but one team above them in the positive numbers.

Southampton Goals: 5 – Danny Ings, 3 – Che Adams, James Ward-Prowse, 2 – Jannik Vestergaard, 1 – Stuart Armstrong, Moussa Djenepo, Oriol Romeu, Theo Walcott

Southampton have had a largely positive season and it will probably be one to remember for the clubs supporters. Nine matches played in the Premier League, winning five, drawing two and losing two, which saw them at the summit of the table in the past few weeks. They have a four-point cushion over United, so a defeat will not see United leapfrog them, which will be a positive. However, a defeat will derail their good form at this stage of the season, undefeated in their last six matches, winning four and drawing twice. The Saints will remain tricky opposition for United and both teams will be looking to not share the points, like last season.

Team News: Solskjaer could see up to nine players miss the match against the Saints at St Mary’s with the South Coast club likely to be without up to four players due to injury.

United currently have Phil Jones (knee) and Luke Shaw (thigh). Jesse Lingard (coronavirus), Paul Pogba (ankle), Scott McTominay (other) and Eric Bailly (muscular) all have 25% chances of being available for the trip to St Mary’s on Sunday. Victor Lindelof (lower back), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (ankle/foot) and Marcus Rashford (other) have 75% chances of being involved this weekend, which leaves Solskjaer sweating it out regarding his squad which will travel to Southampton likely to me missing a few faces. United have a big squad but some of these players are the first names on the team sheet when fit, so those missing will be missed.

Southampton currently have both Danny Ings (knee) and Nathan Redmond (thigh) on the sidelines and it is unlikely that either will play a part against United this weekend. William Smallbone (thigh) has a 50% of being involved and will be subject to a late fitness test with Mohamed Salisu (other) also having a 50% chance of being fit. It has been a good season for Southampton, who in the past few weeks have been to the summit of the Premier League table, currently sitting in fifth place (before a ball has been kicked), four points clear of United, who sit in tenth place. United, though have only played eight matches to Southampton’s nine.

Predicted Starting XI: Cavani to lead the line against the Saints? Van de Beek to keep his place after his fantastic performance against Istanbul Basaksehir? Fernandes’ magic to continue?

Solskjaer will have a selection predicament ahead of the visit to Southampton this weekend. United have a fair few injury problems, which could run into next week, or longer but there are many positives because of this. Edinson Cavani led the line well against the Turkish side, showing a different dimension to United’s attacking play. Donny van de Beek also had a brilliant match playing in the centre of midfield, which should earn him another starting place this weekend. With Victor Lindelof suffering a recurrence of his lower back injury, Axel Tuanzebe could fill the void with United’s defence back to bare bones once again.

Match Prediction: In 42 Premier League matches, United have won 26 times with the Saints winning seven time – nine draws. Last season, neither team won home or away. This match could be a thriller considering both team’s form at this moment in time.

United and the Saints have played a total of 42 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won 26 times, the Saints have won seven times and the two teams have drawn nine times. United have scored 84 goals against the Saints; winning three penalties – scoring one of them. The Saints have scored 48 goals against United; winning one penalty and failing to score it. United have kept 11 clean sheets against Southampton with the Saints keeping six. In terms of discipline, United have been shown 55 yellow cards and one red card whereas the Saints have been shown 68 yellow cards and one red card.

In the last two Premier League matches played, neither team has won. At St Mary’s, which was played on the 31 August 2019, it was a 1-1 draw with Daniel James opening the scoring in the tenth minute of the match and Jannik Vestergaard scoring the equaliser in the 58th minute. Kevin Danso was sent off (second yellow card) in the 72nd minute of the match. At Old Trafford, which was played on the 13 July 2020, it was a 2-2 draw with Stuart Armstrong opening the scoring in the 12th minute, Marcus Rashford equalising in the 20th minute, Anthony Martial putting United ahead in the 23rd minute and Michael Obafemi equalising in added time.

Southampton 1-2 Manchester United

Written by John Walker

Review & Ratings: Martial the MOTM in fatigued Manchester United draw with the Saints; Fernandes off key, Pogba mistake costly – need to do better

Manchester United drew 2-2 with Southampton in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Monday evening. United came from behind with goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the first half but a late equaliser from Michael Obafemi saw the points split and United, who could have been third after a win, stay in fifth and with all to play for to obtain UEFA Champions League football next season.

Southampton started well against United, throwing everything they had into attacking them at the Theatre of Dreams. It was because of that start that the visitors scored in the 12th minute of the match through Stuart Armstrong. Paul Pogba was sloppy in possession and Danny Ings was alert to David De Gea’s pass. The striker fed Nathan Redmond to his left with Armstrong in space, receiving the ball and firing past De Gea.

The lead did not last long with United getting the ball in the net, for the second time, the first being offside. Pogba had a part to play in the goal, paying back from his error for the first goal, wrapping the ball to the feet of Anthony Martial, who does well to hold the ball up and play the pass to Marcus Rashford, who had scored minutes earlier, with the England striker firing a confident finish to equalise.

That was not it for United though, they were responding like they have not responded in the past, especially when other clubs mess up and leave the door open for them. Just three minutes later in the 23rd minute, Martial put United ahead in the match. Pogba played the ball to the feet of Bruno Fernandes, who spotted Martial in space down the left. Martial charged Kyle Walker-Peters and smashed the ball in at the near post.

Solskjaer made his first substitution in the 63rd minute of the match with Brazilian midfielder Fred replacing Pogba, who had not has the best of matches, despite having an involvement in all three goals scored in the match at the time he left the pitch. Luke Shaw received a knock on his ankle late in the game and he was quickly replaced by Brandon Williams in the 75th minute of the match.

Solskjaer made a double substitution in the 84th minute of the match with Scott McTominay and Daniel James replacing Fernandes and Mason Greenwood. Southampton then started to push for an equaliser of their own, so far not quite getting there. United might need to get themselves another goal here to guarantee all three points from this match, which would have seen them rise to third in the Premier League, instead Southampton scored the equaliser.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper made his 400th appearance for United against Southampton at Old Trafford. Unfortunately, he conceded the opening goal in the 12th minute of the match after Paul Pogba lost possession. It was a shame another clean sheet was not on the table tonight. Southampton scored an equaliser in the sixth minute of added time, something De Gea should have gone for but didn't.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back had a fatigued game for United, and may be in line for a rest on Thursday, or face being tired with three matches being played this week. Booked for the seventh time this season against the Saints.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Iceman had a good enough match, at times against the Saints but with the Saints pushing for an equaliser late in the game, you just knew what was coming. Lindelof was unable to stop the equaliser and De Gea, who should have gone for it, did not. Three points lost tonight.

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5 Harry Maguire

The captain was not on top of his game, possibly down to fatigue as he has played a lot of football this season. That is not an excuse though. For £80 million, he should be a rock at the back but is stuck seemingly playing a quiet game, needing instructions to become vocal with his teammates.

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23 Luke Shaw

The left back played well against his former club and got stuck in at times. Some criticise Shaw but he has improved this season but needs to add something more to his game. He seemingly injured his ankle late in the game and was replaced by Brandon Williams in the 75th minute of the match.

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31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian might need a rest, which could come on Thursday against Crystal Palace, who will be seeking to comeback from a defeat to Aston Villa. United will have to be better than they were this evening to get three points on the road otherwise Champions League football might only come from winning the Europa League.

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6 Paul Pogba

The Frenchman lost possession of the ball which led to Stuart Armstrong opening the scoring with the Saints getting the better start in the match. However, the French midfielder had a part in United's equaliser eight minutes later with Marcus Rashford finding the back of the net. Pogba then had involvement in the goal which put United in the lead, feeding the ball to Bruno Fernandes, who assisted for Anthony Martial's strike. Fred replaced the Frenchman in the 63rd minute of the match.

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11 Mason Greenwood

The 18-year-old was unable to make it five goals (or more) in four matches, ending his mini-goalscoring run this season, which is not a criticism as it was always going to end sometime. He played well and used his speed to help get United on the front foot at times. He was replaced by Daniel James in the 84th minute of the match.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

The Portuguese magnifico had another good match for United, getting himself another assist, making his contribution eight goals and eight assists for the player in 16 appearances, which is a great stat. However, he played two sub-par deliveries of the ball early in the game, which he needs to be doing better with. He has turned this United team into a team that scored for fun now. Imagine what they could become at full strength. Fernandes was replaced by Scott McTominay in the 84th minute.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward scored his 21st goal of the season, levelling the score in the 20th minute after Southampton opened the scoring. It was a cool finish for Rashford in his second goal since the restart.

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9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman looked unhappy after being replaced against Aston Villa on Thursday. He used that disappointment to score United's second goal against the Saints, putting them in the lead. A frustrating game for the Frenchman, who was my MOTM.

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Substitutes

17 Fred

Replaced Pogba 63'. The Brazilian helped United keep on the front foot against Southampton, presumably understanding that he will be a rotation option at the club, unless he does something special. He did what he needed to do - nothing more.

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33 Brandon Williams

Replaced Shaw 75'. Brought on to replace a seemingly injured Luke Shaw but after a collision and a bad cut for the 19-year-old, his game was ended in stoppage time with United down to ten men for the remainder of the match.

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39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Fernandes 84'. The Scotland international came on late in the game, replacing Fernandes. He did what he needed to do as United needed to hang on to a 2-1 lead with ten men on the pitch, because of injury.

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Review & Ratings: Martial the MOTM in fatigued Manchester United draw with the Saints; Fernandes off key, Pogba mistake costly – need to do better

Replaced Greenwood 84'. The Welsh winger replaced Greenwood with six minutes of the match left, plus stoppage time, of which there was going to be a lot of.

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Goals: Marcus Rashford 20′, Anthony Martial 23′; Stuart Armstrong 12′

Assists: Anthony Martial 20′, Bruno Fernandes 23′; Nathan Redmond 12′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw (Williams 75′); Matic, Pogba (Fred 63′); Greenwood (James 84′), Fernandes (McTominay 84′), Rashford; Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Bailly; Mata, Pereira; Ighalo

Bookings: Aaron Wan-Bissaka 90+2; James Ward-Prowse 44′, Jack Stephens 53′, Kyle Walker-Peters 56′

Confirmed Starting XI: Martial, Rashford and Greenwood out to beat the Saints; Solskjaer names unchanged XI once again – big win on the cards?

Manchester United welcome Southampton to Old Trafford tonight in their penultimate Premier League match at the Theatre of Dreams this season. Of course, they will be playing at Old Trafford another time in the UEFA Europa League at the start of next month. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking his team to extend their unbeaten run to 18 matches, putting pressure on Chelsea and Leicester City, leapfrogging them into third.

Since the restart, United have drawn 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur, beaten Sheffield United, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Aston Villa by 3-0 scorelines, also beating Bournemouth 5-2 in the Premier League, not to mention a 2-1 victory over Norwich City in the Emirates FA Cup a fortnight ago. Southampton will be a team aiming to stand in United’s way with Ralph Hasenhüttl looking to finish the season on a high.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

Matic, Pogba;

Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Bailly, Williams; Mata, Pereira, Fred, James, McTominay; Ighalo

Southampton:

McCarthy;

Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand;

Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond;

Ings, Adams

Substitutes:

Gunn; Vestergaard, Long, Obafemi, Højbjerg, Smallbone, Vokins, Danso, Ferry

United and Southampton have played 41 times in the Premier League with United winning 26, drawing eight and losing seven times. United have scored 82 goals conceding 46. United have kept 11 clean sheets with the Saints keeping six. United have been awarded three penalties, scoring one, with the Saints awarded one and missing it. In total, United have 54 yellow cards the Saints have 65 with both teams having one red card.

Back in August when the two teams met the first time this season, it was a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s with Daniel James scoring the opening goal in the tenth minute of the match, assisted by Scott McTominay. The Saints equalised through Jannik Vestergaard in the 58th minute, assisted by Kevin Danso, who was sent off with a second yellow card in the 73rd minute. At Old Trafford last season, United won 3-2.

How Manchester United could look against Southampton; Fernandes and Pogba to help run the show? Greenwood to score again?

Manchester United welcome Southampton to Old Trafford tonight in their penultimate Premier League match at the Theatre of Dreams this season. Of course, they will be playing at Old Trafford another time in the UEFA Europa League at the start of next month. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking his team to extend their unbeaten run to 18 matches, putting pressure on Chelsea and Leicester City, leapfrogging them into third.

Since the restart, United have drawn 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur, beaten Sheffield United, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Aston Villa by 3-0 scorelines, also beating Bournemouth 5-2 in the Premier League, not to mention a 2-1 victory over Norwich City in the Emirates FA Cup a fortnight ago. Southampton will be a team aiming to stand in United’s way with Ralph Hasenhüttl looking to finish the season on a high.

How United have faired against Southampton in the Premier League.

United and Southampton have played 41 times in the Premier League with United winning 26, drawing eight and losing seven times. United have scored 82 goals conceding 46. United have kept 11 clean sheets with the Saints keeping six. United have been awarded three penalties, scoring one, with the Saints awarded one and missing it. In total, United have 54 yellow cards the Saints have 65 with both teams having one red card.

Back in August when the two teams met the first time this season, it was a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s with Daniel James scoring the opening goal in the tenth minute of the match, assisted by Scott McTominay. The Saints equalised through Jannik Vestergaard in the 58th minute, assisted by Kevin Danso, who was sent off with a second yellow card in the 73rd minute. At Old Trafford last season, United won 3-2.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Southampton in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Monday evening…

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper has started to find some form after the restart and is not looking too shabby especially having kept 11 clean sheets this season, just two behind second-placed trio Alisson, Emerson and teammate Dean Henderson with Nick Pope top if 14 clean sheets. De Gea might not win the Golden Glove this season but he can at least catch up with some of his peers before the end of the season, holding his head high as United’s season has not been as bad as some make out.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

As Victor Lindelof started against Aston Villa on Thursday, he is clearly not suffering any recurrence of the back injury which affected him against Bournemouth. Solskjaer is tipped to not make any changes to his starting XI for the fifth match running, meaning that the Iceman will partner captain Harry Maguire with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw in the fullback positions. United will be seeking to keep another clean sheet and all three points in this match.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba

This is the best two-man midfield that United can utilise at this moment in time. Nemanja Matic has been in top form recently and has complimented both Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, who has been playing in a more advanced position. Matic has recently earned a new contract at the club, which is what he deserves for his perseverance and never give up attitude. In the last match, Pogba scored his first goal of the season and hopefully the first of many more between now and when the season eventually finishes.

Attacking Midfield: Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood

Blistering attack. This is what we are seeing now and with one or two additions this summer, it could be so much better, with a rotation option. Marcus Rashford has 20 goals, Mason Greenwood has 16 goals and January signing Bruno Fernandes scores his eighth goal of the season against Aston Villa, which has shown just what he has brought to the club. Many will mock the number of penalties that he has scored but jealousy gets you nowhere. This is the best supporting attack the club has right now.

Striker: Anthony Martial

The Frenchman has scored 20 goals this season, matching what Rashford has provided and is just four goals ahead of Greenwood, who is coming on strong. Anthony Martial failed to score against Villa and when he was replaced, he was upset that he did not hit the target and his passion, which was on display in live television, excited every United support out there as this is the Martial that everyone has wanted to see for a long time now. The Frenchman is now developing into that player we all wanted him to develop into.

Substitutes: Sergio Romero; Eric Bailly, Brandon Williams; Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Daniel James, Scott McTominay; Odion Ighalo

As Solskjaer looks set to keep the same starting XI, he will probably keep the same players on the bench too. I don’t think you will see Jesse Lingard involved in this match, or many others this season, not until United have reached their objective of a fourth placed finish in the Premier League, securing UEFA Champions League football. Sergio Romero will be the substitute goalkeeper with Eric Bailly and Brandon Williams available in defence. In midfield, Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Daniel James and Scott McTominay could be called upon if needed with Odion Ighalo the only attacking player on the bench.

Preview: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to keep the same team for fifth match as Manchester United tasked to beat the Saints

Manchester United -v- Southampton

Premier League

Old Trafford, Manchester

Monday 13 July 2020, KO 20:00 BST

Referee: Chris Kavanagh Assistants: Sian Massey-Ellis, Scott Ledger 

Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor Replacement Official: Jonathan Hunt

VAR: Lee Mason Assistant VAR: Marc Perry

Manchester United welcome Southampton to Old Trafford in their penultimate Premier League match at the Theatre of Dreams this season. Of course, they will be playing at Old Trafford another time in the UEFA Europa League at the start of next month. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking his team to extend their unbeaten run to 18 matches, putting pressure on Chelsea and Leicester City, leapfrogging them into third.

Since the restart, United have drawn 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur, beaten Sheffield United, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Aston Villa by 3-0 scorelines, also beating Bournemouth 5-2 in the Premier League, not to mention a 2-1 victory over Norwich City in the Emirates FA Cup a fortnight ago. Southampton will be a team aiming to stand in United’s way with Ralph Hasenhüttl looking to finish the season on a high.

Form: United unbeaten in their last six matches, winning five and drawing once, continuing a 17 match unbeaten run to end the season on a high; Saints beaten twice, drawn once with three wins.

Manchester United: WWWWWD

Aston Villa 3-0 W, Bournemouth 5-2 W, Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 W, Norwich City 2-1 W, Sheffield United 3-0 W, Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 D

Southampton: DWWLWL

Everton 1-1 D, Manchester City 1-0 W, Watford 3-1 W, Arsenal 2-0 L, Norwich City 3-0 W, Newcastle United 1-0 L

Top Scorers: Danny Ings has scored 22 goals for Southampton this season, beating both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford by two goals, however, Mason Greenwood, Rashford and Martial outscore the Saints by one goal.

Manchester United Goals: 20 – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, 16 – Mason Greenwood, 8 – Bruno Fernandes, 5 – Odion Ighalo, Scott McTominay, 4 – Daniel James, 3 – Harry Maguire, Juan Mata, 2 – Fred, Own Goal, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, 1 – Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams, Ashley Young

United are unbeaten in 17 matches, scoring 46 goals, conceding six times, keeping 12 clean sheets and driving forward in their bid to reach the top four of the Premier League. Chelsea have evaded United thus far with Leicester City being the team United have the chances of leapfrogging with just one point between them, at least before they face Bournemouth on Sunday evening, a day before United face Southampton.

Southampton Goals: 22 – Danny Ings, 5 – Nathan Redmond, James Ward-Prowse, 4 – Stuart Armstrong, 3 – Shane Long, Michael Obafemi, 2 – Moussa Djenepo, Jack Stephens, 1 – Che Adams, Cédric Soares, Jan Bednarek, Ryan Bertrand, Sofiane Boufal, William Smallbone, Jannik Vestergaard, Jake Vokins

Southampton are currently in good form, recently beating Manchester City, which was a shock for the Premier League underachievers this season. It shows that this side can take on the very best of teams and get under their skin. With all due respect to the team placed 12th in the league, they are capable of performing to the best of their abilities. They will have United in their sights on Monday evening.

Team News: Jones and Tuanzebe still out for United – no other injury worries as Solskjaer gives impression no changes will be made; Southampton could be missing five players for Old Trafford visit.

Solskjaer will be without both Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones, as he has been since the restart of the league and other competitions this season. He has no other injury worries, which is what he confirmed in his pre-match press conference on Saturday morning, also indicating that he may not make any changes at all, saying:

“There’s so many things you have to consider when you manage a team. We’ve got players here champing at the bit, but also those that are in the rhythm.

“There are loads of decisions to be made, but they make it easier by playing and performing well. If we don’t get too many injuries, there’s no reason to change too much when you’re doing well.”

Southampton look set to be without four players with another subject to a late fitness test. Sofiane Boufal, Yan Valery, Nathan Tella, and Moussa Djenepo all look set to miss the visit to Old Trafford whereas the goalscorer from the last match, Jannik Vestergaard, will have to prove his fitness ahead of Monday’s match.

Predicted Starting XI: Solskjaer to stick with the same XI for the fifth match in a row? Why change something when it works?

Solskjaer has not made any changes to his starting XI for four matches in a row and has hinted that he will do the same against Southampton at Old Trafford on Monday evening with the Red Devils seeking to improve own their 17-match unbeaten run and take advantage of the fact that Chelsea could be there for the taking, alongside Leicester City in a bid for United to break into the top four of the Premier League.

Match Prediction: United have the momentum to keep their 17-match unbeaten run going with teams starting to wonder when Solskjaer’s team will stop this season.

United and Southampton have played 41 times in the Premier League with United winning 26, drawing eight and losing seven times. United have scored 82 goals conceding 46. United have kept 11 clean sheets with the Saints keeping six. United have been awarded three penalties, scoring one, with the Saints awarded one and missing it. In total, United have 54 yellow cards the Saints have 65 with both teams having one red card.

Back in August when the two teams met the first time this season, it was a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s with Daniel James scoring the opening goal in the tenth minute of the match, assisted by Scott McTominay. The Saints equalised through Jannik Vestergaard in the 58th minute, assisted by Kevin Danso, who was sent off with a second yellow card in the 73rd minute. At Old Trafford last season, United won 3-2.

Manchester United 3-1 Southampton

What We’ve Learned: Daniel James is a star, Paul Pogba needs to improve, creativity lacking again, defensive weaknesses, and Mason Greenwood needs to start

Manchester United failed to return to winning ways against Southampton with a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. Welshman Daniel James opened the scoring for United just ten minutes into the match with a sublime effort on goal. Jannik Vestergaard equalised in the second half before Kevin Danso was sent off.

Daniel James was the Man of the Match for me because of his hunger and desire to do everything for United. He has now scored three goals in four appearances, which is great to see after making his Premier League debut earlier this month. His growth since signing for United has been good to see. He will be a key player this season.

United really need to find a way to get things done this season or it will be frustrating for everyone other than the ABUs. As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Mason Greenwood regularly, he needs to be giving him more than ten minutes here and there. He’s clearly not ready to be the super-sub to find the goals that United need in order to win late in the game.

That will come for him in time. The pressure on his shoulders with a late substitution will do more damage than good. United need to develop his killer instinct and eye for goals, not frighten him and stunting his growth. More youth needs to be given the chance in this team this season; Angel Gomes, James Garner and Brandon Williams to name a few right now.

Daniel James is a great signing; he’s grown in confidence and becoming a star.

The 21-year-old scored again on his third start of his United career, his first goal on the road. He was the best player on the pitch and could have easily scored a few more goals, which is something he will learn from. Some of his teammates lacked the desire to find the winner against Southampton and the creativity was lacking in areas of the pitch.

James is a star and has matched Alexis Sanchez’s record at United with three Premier League goals in just three matches. When he scores two more goals, which is achievable this season, he will have matched Sanchez’s record at United in 18 months. The fans in the stadium sang; “James, James will tear you apart again,” after his goal, Cracking stuff.

Paul Pogba needs to buck up his ideas or face being dropped, if the manager has the balls to do it.

Paul Pogba had a bad game for United. To say he is a worldclass player is an embarrassment as it is clear that something is wrong somewhere. Yes, he wanted a new challenge as he stated in the summer. Real Madrid seemed interested in signing him, however, the fee that United wants for him, which is fair enough, is not going to be paid.

If Pogba realised that this is a professional game and all players need to be professional, he should take a leaf out of the books of other players who wanted to leave and were unable to do so. Matteo Darmian for example. After losing his place in the team three years ago, he wanted to leave. It never happened, until now, and he remained professional.

Darmian never once moaned, at least in public, about staying at United when his first-team football was going to suffer massively. He played seven times last season, seventeen the season before that. Pogba deserves to be dropped. United has done many things to accommodate him at the club and it still is not working. Maybe he expects to leave this summer?

The lack of creativity needs to be addressed by promoting youth who could embarrass some of the senior players.

When United played Chelsea, four goals were scored and it seemed to be the false dawn which led many to believe that things were falling into place. However, after a stagnant 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, a 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 1-1 draw away to Southampton since, it is clear to see the problems United face.

Creativity is a massive issue. Paul Pogba is not running the show like he could be doing. Scott McTominay is largely a defensive-minded player, which means the creativity needs to come from the three playing behind the striker and the fullbacks. Daniel James has done wonders, as has Aaron Wan-Bissaka marauding forward. However, something is wrong.

Jesse Lingard has been trusted to play in the number ten role. On his day, he’s a good player with pace. However, when you look at his creativity and goals scored, he’s out of his depth at United. There have been calls for Angel Gomes to take Lingard’s place since the Wolves match but he’s still not being picked, playing for the U23s on Friday evening, getting injured.

After the international break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to find solutions for a few problems. Blooding in youth could help solve them. The U23s have ben playing some good football this season. Implementing the likes of Greenwood, Gomes, Tahith Chong and James Garner could be a masterstroke for creativity. It will be a gamble but it has a good chance of paying off.

United need to find a solution in defence. Supporters will moan that Chris Smalling has been loaned if a player has a bad game.

Victor Lindelof did not have the best of matches for United against Southampton. It might have been an off day for the Swedish international or a sign on weakness. Chris Smalling was loaned to Roma for the rest of the season this week, something that fans have already moaned about, despite wanting to be rid of the player this summer.

Now, loaning the player, who is now, apparently, the second-best defender at the club, is a mistake, despite it being a blessing. These supporters moan at anything and everything and will use this during the course of the season. They were even moaning about Alexis Sanchez being loaned, despite him scoring five goals in 45 appearances.

If Lindelof is having an off period, bringing in Axel Tuanzebe, who proved to be a capable defender both at Aston Villa last season and during pre-season. It will allow him to grow further as a player and develop into the defender that United will need to play next to Harry Maguire who is the first-choice defender to start this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to stop praising players if they are not going to be given ample playing time this season.

The United manager has praised Mason Greenwood many times this season already. However, the 17-year-old, despite the manager talking about his killer instinct and natural finishing ability, has allowed him to play just 47 minutes out of a possible 360 minutes after four matches this season. Greenwood has, in my opinion, deserved to start ahead of others.

In order to allow the player to grow, the praise is great but giving him time to earn that praise on the pitch is needed. United need to find ways to win matches this season. The is a lot of negativity amongst the fanbase, who crave victory after victory, having grown up during the Sir Alex Ferguson era, becoming accustomed to the glory.

Greenwood need to come on at a time whereby the pressure to score a goal is not placed on him and that he feels that is not the case. He should start against Leicester City, as should other youth players who have already made their debuts, adding hunger and youth to the starting XI. The manager needs to have the balls to gamble though.

Ratings: Daniel James was the Man of the Match in Southampton draw; Mason Greenwood need to play more at this level

Manchester United failed to return to winning ways against Southampton with a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. Welshman Daniel James opened the scoring for United just ten minutes into the match with a sublime effort on goal. Jannik Vestergaard equalised in the second half before Kevin Danso was sent off.

Daniel James was the Man of the Match for me because of his hunger and desire to do everything for United. He has now scored three goals in four appearances, which is great to see after making his Premier League debut earlier this month. His growth since signing for United has been good to see. He will be a key player this season.

United really need to find a way to get things done this season or it will be frustrating for everyone other than the ABUs. As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Mason Greenwood regularly, he needs to be giving him more than ten minutes here and there. He’s clearly not ready to be the super-sub to find the goals that United need in order to win late in the game.

That will come for him in time. The pressure on his shoulders with a late substitution will do more damage than good. United need to develop his killer instinct and eye for goals, not frighten him and stunting his growth. More youth needs to be given the chance in this team this season; Angel Gomes, James Garner and Brandon Williams to name a few right now.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper did not have a lot to do in the draw against Southampton although he denied a few opportunities for the home side. However, he conceded an equaliser with United lacking creativity to double their lead, despite putting Southampton under a lot of pressure, which they weathered.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The defender underlines during each performance just why he was signed this summer. The 21-year-old won tackles and got forward a few times during the match. It is great to see him on the right and I am sure he will become a good player for the club this season. However, United need to overturn this slump in form and get back to winning ways.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Swedish defender was uneasy at times against Southampton. It was not a good period for him to be like this after the club loaned Chris Smalling to Roma. Some fans are already suggesting that was a mistake, despite wanting shot of Smalling. The international break might come at the right time for him to gain some form. However, Axel Tuanzebe might get a chance against Leicester City in a fortnight.

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5 Harry Maguire

Booked in the 40th minute of the game for a challenge in Adams. Calm and composed during the game for United, something that is great to see in the defence and seeing six years of panicking. Maguire played some good passes and tried to get United forward when he could. This is a work in progress and the past six years need to be archived to allow this to progress into something worthwhile.

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Ratings: Daniel James was the Man of the Match in Southampton draw; Mason Greenwood need to play more at this level

The club captain played alright against Southampton. His delivery of set-pieces was not the best, an area United need to find improvement in. Young was present in attack with United banging on the door many times to find that winning goal which did not come.

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39 Scott McTominay

The Scotland international played the assist to James, which put United ahead ten minutes into the game. McTominay also performed a good block late in the first half, denying a goalscoring opportunity. The academy graduate got involved in tackling for the ball and broke forward on occasion. He was replaced by Greenwood in the last few minutes of the match.

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6 Paul Pogba

The Frenchman was not good enough against Southampton. In order to achieve at United, as the best player on paper, he needs to be his best on the pitch. Some will suggest I hate Pogba because I am criticising him again. However, he deserves the criticism. He might be playing deeper, but he should be capable of doing that. United has, over the last three years, made many different changes to accommodate him. He needs to do more to be worthy of playing for this great club.

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15 Andreas Pereira

I don’t think he’s the player that United need to be playing on the wing. He worked hard, which is great to see but in terms of being a player worthy of playing for United, his quality is lacking a lot. He can be a squad player, but in terms of starting, he needs to find a way to raise his game.

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8 Juan Mata

The Spanish magician played some good passes against the Saints. In terms of offering what United need right now, pace, ability, calmness under pressure and the hunger and desire to achieve for this club, Mata lacks in pace. His reading of the game is needed but he would need to fit into his surroundings and with quicker players around him, he might be more of a hindrance than a help.

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Ratings: Daniel James was the Man of the Match in Southampton draw; Mason Greenwood need to play more at this level

The 21-year-old put United ahead in the tenth minute with a stunning finish in which the supporters started to sing; “James, James will tear you apart again” in the stands. Three goals in four appearances, two of which in front of the Stretford End. Showing signs of becoming a great player for this club. The Welshman continually threatened the Saints and had other shots on goal. He got stuck into his defensive duties also, which was great to see.

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10 Marcus Rashford

he England forward did not do his starting position justice. When Anthony Martial is injured or out of form, Rashford should be able to be relied on. However, his showed glimpses of the player he was for the most part of last season. Frustrating and unable to inspire this team. It may have been a bad day at the office but if the likes of Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong show more, he’s on the bench in this form.

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Substitutes

14 Jesse Lingard

eplaced Pereira 68'. The England forward played some good football with his running but his passing, especially final passes or shots were not good enough. Lingard may have lost his form but he continually gets picked and is still in the current England team. He is capable of things but like Nani, not often at this level. Lingard needs to work harder at perfecting his style of play which has an output. He’s nearing 27 and will be known as another player that never made the grade at this level.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Replaced Mata 68'. I would not have put Matic into this game. At the time of the substitution, I would have brought on Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Lingard to add pace to pressure Southampton. The Serbian may have experience but he’s becoming a liability. Chelsea seem to have sold him at the right time for them. Not good enough. James Garner will be better than him right now.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced McTominay 82'. The 17-year-old should have been brought on much earlier in the game. Solskjaer seems to praise him for his natural finishing ability and killer instinct but when he gets 10 minutes here and there, the praise is not going to do anything than make the manager look like a hypocrite. If he’s going to be used sparingly, stop praising him in public.

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Goals: Daniel James 10′

Assists: Scott McTominay 10′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay (Greenwood 82′), Pogba; Pereira (Lingard 68′), Mata (Matic 68′), James; Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo, Tuanzebe; Chong

Bookings: Kevin Danso 20′; Harry Maguire 40′

Report: Manchester United draw 1-1 with Southampton; Daniel James on the scoresheet for the third time this season

Manchester United failed to return to winning ways against Southampton with a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. Welshman Daniel James opened the scoring for United just ten minutes into the match with a sublime effort on goal. Jannik Vestergaard equalised in the second half before Kevin Danso was sent off.

Southampton started well, on the front foot from the start of the match, pushing United back into their own half. United then got a break with Daniel James using his pace on the left, playing in a cross, which was deflected into Marcus Rashford which was blocked by Jannik Vestergaard, whose reading of the game was great.

United saw a lot of pressure from the Saints with a few awkward moments for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. In the sixth minute, Kevin Danso broke on the left but Aaron Wan-Bissaka covered well by David De Gea had to rush off his line to make a block to deny Southampton from getting anything in that attack.

Two minutes later, De Gea was tested after Sofiane Boufal and Che Adams played a one-two 25-yards from goal. Boufal then flashed a low drive inches past De Gea’s right-hand post. Boufal then had a shot on goal a minute later after the ball dropped invitingly on the left but his volley was off target. Perhaps maybe a letoff for United.

United then took the lead in the tenth minute of the match, Scott McTominay rolled the ball out fo James on the left with the Wales forward moving the ball towards the penalty area before launching his shot on goal which rocketed into the top right-hand corner putting United 1-0 up. What a start to the season for the 21-year-old.

In the 15th minute, after a bright start from the Saints, United had started to edge ahead in terms of taking control of the game. Just two minutes later, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s pass went astray after Boufal made a good run in between United’s defenders. The home fans then groaned as it could have been an opportunity to level the score.

McTominay created something in the 19th minute of the match, lofting the ball into the box, picking out Wan-Bissaka, whose volley was fired over the crossbar. The flag was up for offside though, so it would not have counted. Danso was booked for hauling back Andreas Pereira in the 20th minute as the midfielder got past the left-back.

Two minutes later, James had another shot on goal, giving the Saints no warning. He unleashed his shot from the edge of the box which forced Angus Gunn to put the powerful strike to safety. United on fire at the minute, treating Southampton how they treated them at the start of the match. United seemed determined to win this match.

United continued to push halfway through the first half of the match, seemingly searching for that second goal, which did not look too far away. In the 28th minute, Rashford broke down the right, whose dangerous cutback was booked behind for a corner by James Ward-Prowse. From the corner, Rashford has an opportunity to double the lead, heading wide. It would have been offside though.

De Gea showed his impeccable goalkeeping in the 30th minute after he claimed Ward-Prowse’s curling cross at the near post. Four minutes later, the Saints started to play a better brand of football, keeping possession giving them something to start with to get back into the game. An equaliser did not seem to be forthcoming though.

Danny Ings has a shot on goal in the 35th minute, aiming to catch De Gea out with a shot from distance but the forward dragged his effort well wide of the target. In the 37th minute, Boufal cut inside the box by McTominay was there to make a vital block of the goal bound effort. Ings then tried to take on Victor Lindelof, the Swede mopped up easily.

Five minutes from the end of the half, Harry Maguire was booked for a tackle on Adams. Despite the booking, Maguire put in a good display of defending against Adams near the byline, forcing the forward to mess up his cross, which ended up behind for a goal kick. The England defender is a calm and composed player at the back, just what United needed.

Two minutes were played at the end of the first half with it ending with United still in the lead. There were no changes at the start of the second half for either team. United won an early free-kick on the right by Ashley Young;’s delivery was poor and Gunn caught the effort in the six-yard box. United would need to do much better to double their lead.

Vestergaard dispossessed Rashford on the halfway line with a good tackle, something which seemed to be delightful for the home fans in the stadium. United that had a chance in the box through Rashford, with the goalkeeper denying him and Rashford sending the ball out of play. However, United won a corner, which came to nothing.

Southampton defended well against United in the early stages of the second half. United had another opportunity with Pereira rushing into the area, however, he did not get connection to the ball with a miskick eventually getting the cross in but the Saints cleared the danger. At the other end of the pitch, Adams had a chance which was not taken well.

Southampton equalised in the 58th minute of the match through Vestergaard with a header, beating De Gea seconds after the goalkeeper made a save to deny the South Coast club from scoring. United need to get themselves back in the game quickly. Southampton made their first change with Shane Long replacing Che Adams.

In the 63rd minute of the match, Boufal got free on the left before standing the ball up to the far post which forced Young to make a desperate clearance behind for a corner. United cleared the danger from the corner. Jesse Lingard was warming up for United in the 65th minute with Solskjaer needing to make a change to get back on top.

Southampton seemed to be inspired by their equaliser, really raising their game in this half. Nemanja Matic and Lingard replaced Pereira and Mata in the 68th minute of the match. Southampton made their second change with Stuart Armstrong replacing Boufal in the 71st minute of the match. United still needed to get stuck into the game.

Danso was sent off in the 73rd minute of the game for a foul on McTominay, his second booking of the game. Southampton were down to ten men. United needed to capitalise from that. As Solskjaer has stated that Mason Greenwood was such a natural finisher, the fact he was not the first player off the bench leaves me with some questions.

United had a chance to get back in front in the 75th minute with James’s stinging strike which was unfortunately saved by Gunn. The Saints made their final change with Maya Yoshida replacing Danny Ings in the 77th minute of the match. Just under 15 minutes were left for United to get something from this game. A victory is vital here.

Wan-Bissaka got some involvement in the game in the 79th minute, flashing an inviting ball across the box by Rashford was on his heels in the middle, unable to reach the ball. Solskjaer made his final change of the match with Greenwood replacing McTominay in the 82nd minute of the match. Could he help get United back in front?

United had an opportunity to go in front in the 83rd minute after a level through pass from Paul Pogba, which sent Rashford through on goal. It was a tight angle and the final shot was kept out of the net by Gunn’s legs. Jesse Lingard was blocked with a chance in the 85th minute from 25-yards. United were throwing everything at this match now.

There was a penalty claim in the 86th minute which was not given after Greenwood went down in the box. United would need to find another way to get the better of this Southampton side. Lingard had another chance on goal, shooting wide of the target in the 87th minute. United were putting a lot of energy into attacking, needing better finishing.

Young had the chance to put United ahead but his curled effort flashed wide of the target. United needed to do much better with their finishing against the Saints. Four minutes were added at the end of the half, giving United some time to find the winner, which they have done late in the game time and time again in the past. Could they do it now?

It was wave after wave of attack from United. Southampton were dealing with the pressure well. They were refusing to buckle under the pressure. Young was booked in the final minute of added time after James burst past Cedric Soares on the left. Southampton had nine players on the pitch with Cedric unable to continue.

It was 1-1 at the end of the game and Solskjaer has two weeks to get back to the drawing board and find a way for United to win their matches. Despite having many chances, the finishing was poor and the team lacks creativity. To give youth a chance would be one way, bringing in Angel Gomes and the likes of Greenwood and Tahith Chong, also James Garner.

United will face Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday 14 September 2019, a traditional 15:00 BST kickoff. By then, after the international break, with the Carabao Cup and the UEFA Europa League also starting for United, the manager will need to have them firing or face another turbulent season with nothing to look forward to other than the end of the season.

Goals: Jannik Vestergaard 58′; Daniel James 10′

Assists: Kevin Danso 58′; Scott McTominay 10′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay (Greenwood 82′), Pogba; Pereira (Lingard 68′), Mata (Matic 68′), James; Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo, Tuanzebe; Chong

Bookings: Kevin Danso 20′, 73 s/o, Stuart Armstrong 90+6; Harry Maguire 40′, Ashley Young 90+4′

Confirmed Starting XI: Rashford leads the line against Southampton; Pereira, Mata, and James also start; Chong and Greenwood on the bench

Manchester United will be seeking a return to winning ways as they head to St Mary’s to face Southampton in the Premier League this afternoon. Last weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side faced their first defeat of the season, in this game, the players will be expected to hit back and return to winning ways. Can they do it?

After this match, there will be a two-week break in club football because of the first international break of the season. With a good win, there will be some positivity before the next match on the 14 September when they welcome Leicester City to the Theatre of Dreams. Solskjaer will be looking for a reaction after a poor display against Crystal Palace.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young;

McTominay, Pogba;

Pereira, Mata, James;

Rashford

Substitutes:

Romero; Rojo, Tuanzebe; Lingard, Matic, Chong; Greenwood

Southampton:

Gunn;

Soares, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Danso;

Højbjerg, Romeu;

Boufal, Ward-Prowse;

Ings, Adams

Substitutes:

McCarthy; Yoshida, Stephens, Valery; Armstrong; Long, N’Lundulu

United has played Southampton 125 times with United winning 65 matches, drawing 32 and losing 28 times. Southampton last defeated United on the 23 January 2016 in the Premier League, winning 1-0 at Old Trafford. In the last seven meetings, United are undefeated, winning four times, drawing three times. A win is important for United.

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