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Ratings: Nine goal thriller against the Saints; Shaw cracking, Martial impressive, McTominay crucial in great team performance

Manchester United destroyed Southampton 9-0 in the Premier League at Old Trafford. Alexandre Jankewitz was sent off for the challenge on Scott McTominay in the second minute of the match, putting the Saints down to the men. United opened the scoring through Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the 18th minute, doubling their lead through Marcus Rashford in the 25th. Jan Bednarek scored an own goal in the 34th before Edinson Cavani scored a fourth in the 39th. In the second half, United scored a fifth through Anthony Martial in the 69th before McTominay scored in the 71st. Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty in the 87th with Martial completing his brace in the 90th before Daniel James struck in added time.

It was an eventful start with a red card shown in the second minute. Alexandre Jankewitz’s high studded challenge on Scott McTominay. It looked like a terrible challenge which resulted in the dismissal of the 19-year-old. It took just 18 minutes of the match before United opened the scoring. Victor Lindelof played the ball up field, over the top with Marcus Rashford collecting and passing to Luke Shaw, whose lovely ball flies over the head of Ryan Bertrand and into Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who scored his second goal fo the season to put United ahead in the match. It was a great attack by United.

United doubled their lead seven minutes later through Rashford. The ball came from the left again as Harry Maguire found Shaw, he then darted past Moussa Djenepo and fed Mason Greenwood at the byline. The young United attacker then pulled the ball back for Rashford on the penalty spot with the forward opening up his body, directing the ball past Alex McCarthy like a hot knife through butter. This was turning into a good match for United, who needed to turn on the charm following the defeat to Sheffield United and the draw with Arsenal in their last two matches.

United did not stop there though, still on the attack looking to punish Southampton. Rashford was in space on the right of the box and curled in a wicked cross. Jan Bednarek reached the ball first, stuck out a leg and diverted the ball into his own net. It was an unfortunate own goal to concede but United were three goals to the good on a cracking night at Old Trafford. United did not leave it there in this busy first half. Edinson Cavani scored United’s fourth goal of the match in the 39th minute. Shaw had the ball on the left, put in a wicked delivery with the Uruguayan scoring with a powering header. What a goal.

United could have had a fifth goal with a penalty shout at the end of the first half. Cavani was fouled right on the line, which should have resulted in a penalty. After a minute or so, VAR gave a free-kick seemingly because the challenge happened outside of the box, it looked like it was right on the line. Bruno Fernandes took the free-kick, which resulted in nothing for the home side, luckily for the Saints. At the start of the second half, Solskjaer made a double substitution with Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial replacing Shaw and Cavani, which will give the duo some rest before the Everton match on Saturday evening.

Southampton got themselves back into the match in the 53rd minute with Che Adams scoring through Harry Maguire’s legs, from an angle. VAR looked at the goal for what seemed like a minute, eventually ruling the goal out for offside with United clean sheet being restored once again. United made their third substitution in the 60th minute with Daniel James replacing Rashford – this being his first match involvement since the victory over Watford in the FA Cup at the start of January. United scored their fifth goal though Anthony Martial in the 69th minute with the assist coming over the top from Bruno Fernandes.

United continued to burn rubber in the match despite being five goals to the good and certainly the winners of the match. Greenwood tried to get the better of McCarthy from an angle but the ball squirmed out to McTominay 25-yards from goal. He ran onto the ball, controlled his effort and placed it into the bottom right corner for put United 6-0 up in the match. It was not a good night for the Saints, who would leave Old Trafford with nothing from this match other than a suspension for Jankewitz, who will definitely miss the next match. United needed a match like this at this stage of the season as they were in need of a confidence boost.

United won a penalty in the 87th minute of the match after Bednarek fouled Martial. VAR awarded the penalty with Mike Dean sending the Southampton player off for the challenge. Bruno Fernandes took the penalty, scoring his 17th goal of the season. United were 7-0 up in the game with minutes to go. That was not it though. Martial scored his second goal of the evening in the 90th minute after a cross was whipped in by Wan-Bissaka, touching a defender with Martial slotting the ball into the net. Daniel James scored United’s ninth in added time with Fernandes cushioning a header into the Welshman for him to finish the scoring.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Had a good performance for United despite not really being tested. Conceded a goal which was then ruled out by VAR. Kept a clean sheet and will be thrilled with this team performance.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Played a fantastic game against the Saints. Scored the opening goal in the 18th minute of the match, assisted by Shaw. He got forward a lot of the match with United mainly in the Southampton area, dominating the play. Should have had an assist but the ball touched a Saints defender.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Played well, not that he was really needed defensively. Played the ball over the top which started the play for the opening goal. He has a great eye for a long pass. Solskjaer will be pleased that

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5 Harry Maguire

Led United well in this impressive victory over Southampton. Was never really tested in defence other than the goal which Adams scored through his legs from an angle, but it was ruled out for offside. Will be happy with the result and the clean sheet.

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23 Luke Shaw

Had a great match at left-back. Assisted for the opening goal in the 18th minute of the match, scored by Wan-Bissaka. Provided another assist in the 39th minute for Cavani, who put United 4-0 up in the first half. Shaw is in some great form at this moment in time. He was replaced bu Van de Beek during the half time break, seemingly being saved for the clash with Everton on Saturday evening.

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39 Scott McTominay

This match did not start all that great fo McTominay, who was fouled in the opening minutes and received a few nasty scratches to his thigh after an early challenge with Jankewitz, who was sent off for the challenge. He almost scored in the first half of the match and played a good midfield role for United. Some don't rate the player, which seems strange as his hunger and determination is second to none. He will become so much better with Darren Fletcher involved in his coaching.

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17 Fred

Played a good game and his defensive man-marking aspect was not really needed for large parts of the match. Helped keep the midfield ticking over and did what he needed to do.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Got an assist for the second goal of the game, playing the ball into Rashford to put United 2-0 up. Played well and will be pleased with the result and the all round team performance.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

Despite being quiet at times in the match, he got himself two assists and a goal, albeit from the penalty spot as United battered Southampton with a 9-0 scoreline. Played a brilliant game. His header into James in added time was great to see. Cracking performance.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Had a good game against the Saints. Scored United's second goal of the game, assisted by Greenwood in the 25th minute of the match. United took advantage of the Saints being a man down from the second minute after a sending off. He was replaced by James in the 60th minute, getting some rest ahead of the Everton match.

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7 Edinson Cavani

Played a great game against Southampton. United were 4-0 up by the time the first half ended, with the Uruguayan getting the fourth goal himself. His positioning, is ability and his sheer determination give the impression that he is United's main striker at this moment in time. He was replaced during half time by Martial.

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Substitutes

34 Donny van de Beek

Replaced Shaw 46'. Came on at the start of the second half but was booked for a challenge. Played a part in the game despite not scoring or assisting. He needs to play more this season - perhaps in the Europa League. He's a talented lad but

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9 Anthony Martial

Replaced Cavani 46'. Got himself two goals coming off the bench at the start of the second half. His finishing was good to see and this should instill some confidence in him ahead of the remainder of the season. He was pleased with his two goals and so he should be.

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21 Daniel James

Replaced Rashford 60'. Got 30 minutes on the pitch, which he will be thankful for. Scored a cracking goal in added time, assisted by Fernandes. What a result for United.

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Goals: Aaron Wan-Bissaka 18′, Marcus Rashford 25′, Jan Bednarek 34′ o/g, Edinson Cavani 39′, Anthony Martial 69’, 90′, Scott McTominay 71’, Bruno Fernandes 87′ penalty, Daniel James 90+3′

Assists: Luke Shaw 18′, 39′, Mason Greenwood 25′, Bruno Fernandes 69′, 90+3′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw (Van de Beek 46′); McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford (James 60′); Cavani (Martial 46′)

Substitutes Not Used: Henderson; Bailly, Telles, Williams; Pogba, Matic

Bookings: Harry Maguire 52′, Donny van de Beek 53′; Alexandre Jankewitz 2′ s/o, Kayne Ramsay 42′, Jack Stephens 45′, Jan Bednarek 86′ s/o, Stuart Armstrong 89′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford and Cavani start against Southampton; Pogba on the bench

Manchester United welcome Southampton to Old Trafford in the Premier League this evening. United have been in poor form for the past two matches, losing to Sheffield United and drawing against Arsenal. United have been a different team away from home that at the Theatre of Dreams and this will be a big test for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season. United have been at the top of the league but currently sit in second place after Leeds United beat Leicester City in one of Sunday’s matches, leaving United safe, for now. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s sides form has dropped since the start of the season and he will be looking to bring it back.

Now that Liverpool are back to scoring, winning their last two matches in a row, United will be under much more pressure to keep their apparent title charge alive, even though the majority are against them winning the league this season, not that it is a possibility right now with just under half the season left to play. You cannot blame factions of the fan base from being positive though, as United have come a long way under Solskjaer than they ever did under Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes. Some will suggest that is rubbish as Van Gaal and Mourinho brought three major honours to the club during their time.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

McTominay, Fred;

Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford;

Cavani

Substitutes:

Henderson; Bailly, Telles, Williams; Pogba, James, Matic, Van de Beek; Martial

Southampton:

McCarthy;

Ramsay, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand;

Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Jankewitz, Dkenpo

Adams, Ings

Substitutes:

Lewis, Forster; Tchaptchet; Redmond, Ferry, Finnigan, Chauke; N’Lundulu

United and the Saints have met 43 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won 27 times, drawing nine times and losing seven times. United have scored a total of 87 goals, conceding 50 with United winning three penalties and scoring one with the Saints winning one and failing to score. United have kept 11 clean sheets with the Saints keeping six. United have received 55 yellow cards and one red card. The Saints have received 69 yellow cards and one red card. The past two matches have been frustrating for United, losing once and drawing once and not really threatening in front of goal much in those two matches.

Earlier in the season, with Southampton in much better form, United visited St Mary’s winning the match 3-2. Southampton led 2-0 with goals from Jan Bednarek and James Ward-Prowse at half time with Bruno Fernandes getting United back in the game in the 60th minute and Edinson Cavani scoring a late brace to give United all three points. At Old Trafford last season, it was a 2-2 draw between these two sides with Stuart Armstrong opening the scoring, Marcus Rashford equalising, Anthony Martial putting United in the lead for the first time in the match which led to Michael Obafemi levelling the score in added time.

Written by John Walker

Predicted XI: [4-3-1-2] Could Amad Diallo have some involvement against Southampton? Cavani and Greenwood to lead the attack, supported by Fernandes?

Manchester United welcome Southampton to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Tuesday evening. United have been in poor form for the past two matches, losing to Sheffield United and drawing against Arsenal. United have been a different team away from home that at the Theatre of Dreams and this will be a big test for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season. United have been at the top of the league but currently sit in second place after Leeds United beat Leicester City in one of Sunday’s matches, leaving United safe, for now. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s sides form has dropped since the start of the season and he will be looking to bring it back.

Now that Liverpool are back to scoring, winning their last two matches in a row, United will be under much more pressure to keep their apparent title charge alive, even though the majority are against them winning the league this season, not that it is a possibility right now with just under half the season left to play. You cannot blame factions of the fan base from being positive though, as United have come a long way under Solskjaer than they ever did under Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes. Some will suggest that is rubbish as Van Gaal and Mourinho brought three major honours to the club during their time.

How United have faired against Southampton in the Premier League.

United and the Saints have met 43 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won 27 times, drawing nine times and losing seven times. United have scored a total of 87 goals, conceding 50 with United winning three penalties and scoring one with the Saints winning one and failing to score. United have kept 11 clean sheets with the Saints keeping six. United have received 55 yellow cards and one red card. The Saints have received 69 yellow cards and one red card. The past two matches have been frustrating for United, losing once and drawing once and not really threatening in front of goal much in those two matches.

Earlier in the season, with Southampton in much better form, United visited St Mary’s winning the match 3-2. Southampton led 2-0 with goals from Jan Bednarek and James Ward-Prowse at half time with Bruno Fernandes getting United back in the game in the 60th minute and Edinson Cavani scoring a late brace to give United all three points. At Old Trafford last season, it was a 2-2 draw between these two sides with Stuart Armstrong opening the scoring, Marcus Rashford equalising, Anthony Martial putting United in the lead for the first time in the match which led to Michael Obafemi levelling the score in added time.

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

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

I expect David De Gea to keep his place against Southampton with United needing to find defensive purity after their clean sheet against Arsenal and find a way to score the goals, which is more important at this time. De Gea made a few good saves to deny Arsenal from scoring at the Emirates on Saturday and I am sure he will be ready to step in should Southampton pose more of a challenge for United at the Theatre of Dreams on Tuesday evening. De Gea has had some blips over the past few seasons but there is still something there to drive him to become that player he was after Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

United kept a clean sheet against Arsenal and despite that being a positive, Arsenal won four points against United this season, keeping a clean sheet both times. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was one of the stars in the 0-0 draw with Arsenal, doing a lot both defensively and offensively. Because of this, he will keep his place against Southampton. Luke Shaw, who has had his own purple patch this season, should also keep his place against the Saints. Harry Maguire is one of the first names on the team sheet right now and his partner should be Eric Bailly, who has been missing for a few matches after showing some form himself recently.

Midfield Three: Donny van de Beek, Fred, Paul Pogba

A three-man midfield seemed to give United a good start against Arsenal, however, Scott McTominay’s stomach complaint stopped that with the player not recovering and having to be replaced by Anthony Martial. Fred played a good game and for that reason, he should keep his place as the defensive-minded midfielder in the team. Paul Pogba has been playing well lately and he too should keep his place in the team as he could be an output in an attacking sense. With McTominay coming off early against Arsenal, he might not feature against Southampton. In which case, Donny van de Beek should start as he has the talent and drive to succeed.

Attacking Midfield: Bruno Fernandes

Bruno Fernandes has had a good year at United but the match to mark that was not the best for him or United. His hunger, drive and sheer determination to succeed is second to none at the club and when he cannot pull the strings or delivery something, there is no-one else that will be more frustrated than him. Fernandes has scored 28 goals and 18 assists since joining United a year ago, which is a great achievement for the player. He has had a great start to life at United, much like that of Eric Cantona in the years gone by. Fernandes will continue to do what he does best and will strive to create things against the Saints on Tuesday evening.

Forwards: Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani

United might need to tweak the formation against the Saints, playing two forwards in stead of just one. Edinson Cavani has been a good signing for United despite the five goals and two assists he has scored. Many of which have been important for the player and the club moving forward. He’s a better striker that Anthony Martial, who has not really inspired much this season. Mason Greenwood should partner him in his favoured position, which might work out well for United. Goals needs to be scored and the club needs to get points on the board. Martial and Marcus Rashford could have some involvement from the bench, if needed.

Substitutes: Dean Henderson; Victor Lindelof, Alex Telles; Juan Mata, Amad Diallo, Daniel James, Nemanja Matic; Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

United can name nine substitutes on the bench, using three of them. Dean Henderson will remain one the bench against Southampton with David De Gea looking to make his mark for his club once again. In defence, Victor Lindelof and Alex Telles could offer something, if the ante needs to be changes throughout the match. In midfield, the experience of Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic could offer stability but the pace of both Daniel James and Amad Diallo, who scored a brace against Liverpool for the U23’s on Saturday could be a good outcome. In attack, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will be available to offer something, if required.

Written by John Walker

Preview: Cavani and Greenwood tasked to find the goals against Southampton; Diallo to be involved from the bench?

Manchester United -v- Southampton

Premier League

Old Trafford, Manchester

Tuesday 2 February 2021, KO 20:15 GMT

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: Ian Hussin, Darren Cann

Fourth Official: Lee Mason

VAR: Graham Scott Assistant VAR: Stephen Child

Manchester United welcome Southampton to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Tuesday evening. United have been in poor form for the past two matches, losing to Sheffield United and drawing against Arsenal. United have been a different team away from home that at the Theatre of Dreams and this will be a big test for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season. United have been at the top of the league but currently sit in second place after Leeds United beat Leicester City in one of Sunday’s matches, leaving United safe, for now. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s sides form has dropped since the start of the season and he will be looking to bring it back.

Now that Liverpool are back to scoring, winning their last two matches in a row, United will be under much more pressure to keep their apparent title charge alive, even though the majority are against them winning the league this season, not that it is a possibility right now with just under half the season left to play. You cannot blame factions of the fan base from being positive though, as United have come a long way under Solskjaer than they ever did under Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes. Some will suggest that is rubbish as Van Gaal and Mourinho brought three major honours to the club during their time.

Manchester United: DLWWDW

Arsenal 0-0 D, Sheffield United 1-2 L, Liverpool 3-2 W, Fulham 2-1 W, Liverpool 0-0 D, Burnley 1-0 W

Southampton: LLWWLW

Aston Villa 1-0 L, Arsenal 3-1 L, Arsenal 1-0 W, Shrewsbury Town 2-0 W, Leicester City 2-0 L, Liverpool 1-0 W

Top Scorers: Bruno Fernandes (16) and Marcus Rashford (15) lead the scorers for United, despite neither scoring in their last few matches. Danny Ings has seven goals for Southampton this season.

Manchester United Goals: 16 – Bruno Fernandes, 15 – Marcus Rashford, 5 – Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, 4 – Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, 2 – Daniel James, Harry Maguire, Juan Mata, 1 – Victor Lindelof, Own Goal, Donny van de Beek, Aaron Wan-Bissaka

United need to go back to the basics in their game plans to find a way to win again. The club has achieved a lot over the past few months from rising up the league table to topping it and seemingly starting a title charge. The last two matches have been a disappointment, losing to Sheffield United and drawing against Arsenal which has left Manchester City in a good position to go clear at the top of the league. Liverpool have seemingly caught up too. Solskjaer will need to ensure he picks the right team and the right formation as things could do with being better right now. Some players are worryingly out of form too.

Southampton Goals: 7 – Danny Ings, 5 – James Ward-Prowse, 4 – Che Adams, 3 – Stuart Armstrong, Jannik Vestergaard, 2 – Theo Walcott, 1 – Jan Bednarek, Moussa Djenepo, Daniel N’Lundulu, Nathan Redmond, Oriol Romeu

Southampton started the current season well and rose up the Premier League table but over the past few months, they have slipped down to 11th place, which might be a worry for them. In the league, they last beat Liverpool, only beating Shrewsbury Town and Arsenal in the FA Cup, but losing their last two matches aghast Arsenal and Aston Villa. The Saints may worry about visiting Old Trafford, but with United’s form at their home stadium this season, they must have a small but of confidence that a result can be obtained from the clash. United will need to be at the top of their game and should be winning these matches.

Team News: Amad Diallo should be in contention to feature for United against Southampton after his two goals against Liverpool U23’s on Saturday; one players on the sidelines for United, two players have left on loan and one more expected to leave the club before the transfer window closes.

Phil Jones (knee) is the only player currently on the sidelines at United although Scott McTominay (stomach cramps) came off in the first half inn the draw with Arsenal, which might rule him out of the clash with Southampton. Facundo Pellistri and Jesse Lingard have both left the club on loan for the remainder of the season with Marcos Rojo also expected to leave the club before the closure of the January transfer window on Monday. United, aside of the above, will be ready and raring to go against Southampton. Hopefully, Amad Diallo scoring twice against Liverpool at U23 level could shoe him in for this match in some stage?

Kyle Walker-Peters (thigh), William Smallbone (knee), Michael Obafemi (surgery), Nathan Tella (thigh) and Mohamed Salisu (other) have all been ruled out of the clash with United. Jannik Vestergaard (knee) has a 50% chance of being involved against United but the match may come too soon for the player. The Saints will be seeking a good result at the Theatre of Dreams, which may or may not happen for them. United remains unbeaten in the last ten matches between the two clubs, winning five and drawing five. The last time Southampton beat United was on the 23 January 2016; a 1-0 victory at the Theatre of Dreams.

Predicted Starting XI: Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood to lead the line against the Saints? Amad Diallo to come off the bench making his first team debut?

Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood should lead the line against Southampton on Tuesday evening. Anthony Martial is out of form and Marcus Rashford has not been the same player for much of January. I feel that both players will need to do more to be selected as they have both helped cause United’s poor form at this stage of the season. I would like to see Amad Diallo involved in some respect, probably not as a starter though but coming off the bench, late in the match could give him a bit of a breakthrough. His two goals against Liverpool at U23 level would have given him the confidence to succeed at United, also giving him the hunger.

Match Prediction: 43 matches in the Premier League between United at Southampton; United have won 27 times, drawn nine times and lost seven times.

United and the Saints have met 43 times in the history of the Premier League. United have won 27 times, drawing nine times and losing seven times. United have scored a total of 87 goals, conceding 50 with United winning three penalties and scoring one with the Saints winning one and failing to score. United have kept 11 clean sheets with the Saints keeping six. United have received 55 yellow cards and one red card. The Saints have received 69 yellow cards and one red card. The past two matches have been frustrating for United, losing once and drawing once and not really threatening in front of goal much in those two matches.

Earlier in the season, with Southampton in much better form, United visited St Mary’s winning the match 3-2. Southampton led 2-0 with goals from Jan Bednarek and James Ward-Prowse at half time with Bruno Fernandes getting United back in the game in the 60th minute and Edinson Cavani scoring a late brace to give United all three points. At Old Trafford last season, it was a 2-2 draw between these two sides with Stuart Armstrong opening the scoring, Marcus Rashford equalising, Anthony Martial putting United in the lead for the first time in the match which led to Michael Obafemi levelling the score in added time.

Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

Written by John Walker

Ratings: Cavani is a cracking player; Fernandes dug in and Henderson positive after league debut as United beat the Saints 3-2

Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2 at St Mary’s in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be relieved after seeing his side go 2-0 down in the first half and lose David De Gea to a knock, which saw Dean Henderson make his Premier League debut for the club. Bruno Fernandes got United back into the game with his goal in the 60th minute of the match and a brace from Edinson Cavani (74′ and 90+2′) got United another three points on the road this season, which is where they have played their best football, only winning at home to West Bromwich Albion for the first time in the league this season last weekend.

United started well against the Saints and were seeking to pressure the home side from the very start of the match. Mason Greenwood had the chance to open the scoring in the seventh minute of the match but his left-footed shot was wide of the target. Bruno Fernandes then had a chance nine minutes later, shooting wide of the target. The Saints took the lead in the 23rd minute of the match from a corner taken by James Ward-Prowse which found Jan Bednarek inside the box for the Polish defender to head past David De Gea. The Saints seemed to have risen to United’s challenge and were pushing to ensure they cause maximum damage.

United did not recover from the opening goal with the Saints turning the tide and pressuring United and their shaky defence, which seemed inept at times in the first half. The quick passing and the attacking threat made United look poor and ten minutes after the opening goal, Ward-Prowse scored himself from a free-kick with De Gea reaching the ball and getting half a hand on it but was unable to stop the strike from being scored. United were 2-0 down with a lot of soul searching to be done to get back into the match. United never really got themselves back into the match before the end of the first half. There will be a lot to play for now.

At the start of the second half, United made a double substitution with Dean Henderson replacing De Gea and Edinson Cavani replacing Greenwood. Seven minutes into the second half, Marcus Rashford has a chance on goal which was saved by Alex McCarthy. Cavani had a chance, winning a corner for United, which came to nothing. United eventually scored in the 60th minute of the match through Fernandes, assisted by Cavani whose cross picked out the Portuguese midfielder who showed his clinical edge to get United back into the match. Cavani scored the equaliser for United in the 74th minute of the match with a superb header.

Despite looking settled for the draw and a point, United continued to break forward and create. Cavani scored the winning in the second minute of stoppage time, despite other chances to do the same. Like his first goal in the match, the winner came off his head. United seemed dead and buried as they conceded the second goal of the match to go 2-0 down by Fernandes’ goal in the second half, followed by the equaliser gave United the impetus to continue breaking forward and find that winning goal. They have shot up to seventh in the league with this win and will now be getting ready to face Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Conceded twice in ten minutes during the first half. Ward-Prowse swung a corner in for Bednarek to head home and Ward-Prowse scoring from a free-kick ten minutes later. The Spaniard seemed to suffer a knock in the second goal, which is worrying. He was replaced by Henderson at the start of the second half.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Defensively, Wan-Bissaka did well against Southampton and played better in the second half. He ability to tackle, at last-ditch is second to none and it shows how he is as a player. I say this often but he needs to start offering more going forward.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Did not concede in open play. Seemed determined to get United back in the game from 2-0 and as we saw, they got back into the game, levelled the game and won the game.

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5 Harry Maguire

Led the team from behind to victory. United need to get better defensively. January should see United looking to sign a player to improve the defence. This will be the area that lets United down this season, especially with many injury prone players in the team.

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27 Alex Telles

Played well against Southampton at left-back. It is good to see a player that can offer more than Shaw has at the club. Despite going 2-0 down in the first half and levelling (2-2) by the 74th minute, Telles did well, getting forward a lot of the time. He was replaced by Williams in the 84th minute of the match.

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17 Fred

Played some good football against Southampton but many will not recognise that as they only want to see Pogba play dire football as he's 'the man' apparently. Fred offers United something, his work rate is good and he's been in good form recently. Just because he does not score regularly does not mean he's rubbish.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Slow at times but defensively, he can pull it out of the bag and help United, not that it happened for both Southampton goals, which came from set-pieces.

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34 Donny van de Beek

Did well in midfield in a match which perhaps saw the worst of United in the first half and the best of United in the second half. It was good to see him start again. Hopefully he starts against PSG on Wednesday too.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

Seemed off against the Saints. Had a good chance on goal in the 16th minute but was off target. On the hour mark of the match, the Portuguese midfielder got United back in the game after Cavani assisted for him. Assisted for Cavani 14 minutes later to level the game for United.

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11 Mason Greenwood

His finishing was poor. He could have put United ahead in the seventh minute of the match. He was replaced by Cavani in the 46th minute of the match.

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10 Marcus Rashford

His pace is great for United but at this moment in time, Rashford is either in form or he's not. At the moment, he seems to be in the latter. Had the chance to score for United in the second half, running through on goal but could not beat the goalkeeper. Got an assist for Cavani's winner in added time.

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Substitutes

26 Dean Henderson

Replaced De Gea 46'. Was not really tested by Southampton, who did all their scoring in the first half of the match. Good to see him make his United debut in the Premier League though. If De Gea is out for any length of time, I am sure he can fill the void, if needed.

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7 Edinson Cavani

Replaced Greenwood 46'. Assisted for Fernandes to put United back in the game and scored, assisted by Fernandes 14 minutes later to level the game. He's a cracking striker to have at the club. Another 30+ player with skill and class. Age is but a number. He scored the winner in the second minute of added time showing his class with another sublime header.

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33 Brandon Williams

Replaced Telles 84'. Came on late in the game with United drawing 2-2 at the time. Did his job and United went on to get the win.

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Goals: Jan Bednarek 23′, James Ward-Prowse 33′; Bruno Fernandes 60′, Edinson Cavani 74′, 90+2′

Assists: James Ward-Prowse 23′; Edinson Cavani 60′, Bruno Fernandes 74′, Marcus Rashford 90+2′

Manchester United: De Gea (Henderson 46′); Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles (Williams 84′); Fred, Matic, Van de Beek; Fernandes; Greenwood (Cavani 46′), Rashford

Substitutes Not Used: Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe; Mata, James

Bookings: James Ward-Prowse 16′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Rashford, Greenwood and Fernandes lead the line against the Saints; Van de Beek starts again

Manchester United return to Premier League action as they face Southampton at St Mary’s this 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:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles;

Fred, Matic, Van de Beek;

Fernandes;

Greenwood, Rashford

Substitutes:

Henderson; Fosu-Mensah, Williams, Tuanzebe; Mata, James; Cavani

Southampton:

McCarthy;

Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand;

Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo;

Walcott, Adams

Substitutes:

Forster, Stephens, Long, Obafemi, Tella, Diallo, N’Lundulu

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.

Written by John Walker

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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21 Daniel James

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.

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