A look ahead to Saturday's Premier League clash at Old Trafford
Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton travel to Old Trafford having picked up three points in their last seven games. United, on the other hand, continue to lead the pack in pursuit of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City who have now won 18 times on the trot. Mourinho’s side have drawn their previous two games against Burnley and Leicester, leaving them 15 points adrift of City. With Chelsea now only a point behind United, Mourinho will be desperate to return to winning ways before a trip to Goodison Park on New Year’s Day.
Southampton have won only one of their past 11 games, and won’t fancy their chances here. Goals for the Saints have come in short supply this season, with 20 so far in the league. Pellegrino’s men have also failed to keep a clean sheet since October and will need to either stop conceding so frequently or find a way of scoring on a regular basis over the coming weeks.
United are boosted by the likely returns of Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian after overcoming injuries. Mourinho is still unable to call upon the services of Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick.
Southampton are without Virgil van Dijk after the centre-back agreed a move to Liverpool. Striker Charlie Austin is suspended and injured with a hamstring strain. Influential full-back Ryan Bertrand will have a fitness test prior to the game after recovering from a hamstring problem of his own.
What time does it start.?
Manchester United vs Southampton is at 15:00 on Saturday 30 December.
Where can I watch it.?
The game will not be televised but highlights will be available on Match of the Day at 22:30 on Saturday on BBC1.
It’s a big game for…
Manolo Gabbiadini. The former-Napoli striker has found himself on the bench in recent weeks but with Charlie Austin injured, he has been presented with an opportunity to get a run of games in the starting eleven. The Italian has disappointed after a promising start to his Southampton career last season, scoring four in his first three appearances for the Saints. Pellegrino will hope his man can rediscover his goal-scoring habits of old.
Southampton have won two of their last three league matches at Old Trafford by a 1-0 scoreline.
Player to watch…
Jesse Lingard. The academy graduate has improved rapidly this term after moving infield to a No 10 role. The energetic midfielder’s goal return in recent weeks has been sensational, with six goals and two assists in his last seven appearances from this new role. Lingard’s selfless running in behind teams has given dynamism to an, at times, sluggish United attack.
Previous three meetings…
- Southampton 0 Manchester United 1, Premier League, 23 September 2017
- Southampton 0 Manchester United 0, Premier League, 17 May 2017
- Manchester United 3 Southampton 2, League Cup, 26 February 2017.
- Manchester United: WWLDD
- Southampton: DLLDL
- Manchester United: 4/11
- Southampton: 8/1
- Draw: 4/1