Manchester United host Southampton this weekend at Old Trafford. The reverse fixture saw Manchester United win 2-1, although their performance was underwhelming, to say the least.
Manchester United are at 3rd with 37 points while Southampton have had a tremendous season under the Dutch manager Ronald Koeman and are at 4th with 36 points, so obviously the winner of this game walks away third on the table.
Manchester united are enjoying an undefeated streak of 11 matches, though they have drawn the two out of their last three games.
Southampton, having defeated Arsenal 2-0 and drawn with Chelsea, are pretty high on confidence, and will look to play the same high pressing game which caused United some problem at St. Mary’s.
United, for the first time this season, have only one injury, but Rafael, Shaw and Rojo are unlikely to feature in this game. Blind and Fellaini are also likely to be substitutes.
Southampton will be missing some key players like Saido Mane, Jake Hesketh, Jack Cork and Jay Rodriguez, while Nathaniel Clyne is also doubtful for the match.
Predicted line up:
David de Gea, Jones, Smalling, Evans, Blackett, Carrick, Rooney, di Maria, Mata, Falcao, Robin van Persie
Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Alderwied, Bertrand, Victor Wanyama, James Ward-Prawse, Steven Davis, Dusan Tadic, Pelle
Watch out for: di Maria, Robin van Persie, Tadic, Fonte, Pelle
Manchester United 1 – 2 Southampton