Keep track of all preps and latest game updates from St. Mary’s while Man Utd are looking for a third straight win under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United aim to have four wins in all competitions and three in the league after beating Everton, West Brom and Istanbul Basaksehir.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s formidable saints stand in their way, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men can be within a point of Southampton if they score the three points today (kick-off at 2 p.m.). .
Donny van de Beek will start in the Premier League for the first time after his impressive performance against Istanbul Basaksehir in the middle of the week, while Mason Greenwood will also start.
United appear to have a diamond formation, with Nemanja Matic at the base, Fred and Van de Beek on either side of him and Bruno Fernandes at the helm.
United team: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles, Fred, Matic, Van de Beek, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood.
No Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba or Scott McTominay – and a first league start for Donny van de Beek.
United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; Fred, Matic; Van de Beek, Fernandes, Rashford; Greenwood.
Tottenham set the template for how to beat Southampton at home this season and United will try to copy that today. Jose Mourinho’s side were on their backfoot until they equalized at halftime, but never looked back after that.
The key was to beat the press in Southampton and then use Son Heung-Min’s pace to expose the hosts’ high line. United have the pace of Martial and Rashford to pursue a similar plan if they manage to play through Southampton.
But United have also been warned of the dangers of playing on the edge of their own box against this side. Paul Pogba was seized by Danny Ings 25 yards from goal in the Southampton opener in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford late last season. Playing through the Saints is high risk, but it can also bring high rewards.
Not yet confirmed as of this writing, but according to an early leaked team, United could line up like this:
Manchester United fans want Donny van de Beek and Edinson Cavani to keep their starting XI in today’s Premier League meeting with Southampton.
Both summer signings impressed during the midweek win against Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League but found limited league playtime.
United has in St. . Mary hasn’t lost in any of her last nine Premier League away games in Southampton. The last loss in the league took place in 2003.
MEN Sport writers gave their verdict on who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should choose and asked supporters to have their say.
Southampton has received a lot of praise over the past 12 months under Ralph Hassenhutl, but a question mark has always been her record at St. Mary.
You only won six of 19 home games last season, lost 10 and scored 31 of your 52 points on the road. It was similar earlier this season when Brentford (Carabao Cup) and Tottenham won on the south coast but the Saints have now won three times in a row at home and if they can improve their home form and maintain their impressive away record then they become a significant one Threat to the top six making it a very difficult game for United.
More from Solskjaer here on another leader, especially Bruno Fernandes, and how he gets the most out of his United teammates:
« I’ve been [a player] on a team and I like a team where it’s not just the manager or the coaches who scream.
« I want the players to take responsibility and put other players in their place when it is necessary because they have to fight for a cause and the team has to win. « .
“I think you only have to do a rollock every now and then. Not that Bruno only hands out rollockings, he also teaches, and I think we can all learn from his mentality and way of thinking.
« If it’s 2-0, he wants 3-0. If it’s 4-0, he wants 5-0. He always wants to improve and improve the team.
“If we keep improving, we have a very good chance because this squad is on the right track. ”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to the media ahead of today’s game and praised Harry Maguire’s improvement after a difficult start to the season for his captain:
« He has probably never looked back since the international break because he is improving, getting better and better, like the rest of the team. « .
« He’s his toughest critic too, he’s a leader and he’s never been afraid to lead the team or be up there when things go against him. « . ”
The most fascinating aspect of the team that Solskjaer selects today is what he does in midfield. Donny van de Beek and Fred shone as a double pivot against Istanbul Basaksehir mid-week but this will be a very different game than this one.
There is no doubt that the duo will give United a lot more momentum in the future, but conversely, they can leave the defense open. Does Solskjaer take the aggressive approach with St. Mary and will he stay with the Dutchman and the Brazilian?
Manchester United fans may have called for Donny van de Beek to start at Southampton today, but the stats suggest that whenever he has played he has suffered more losses than any other player in Solskjaer’s squad.
Manchester United will look to continue their winning streak when they face Southampton in the Premier League today.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have won their last three games in all competitions and know that another good performance is needed against the team that will finish the weekend on 5th. Place begins.
Southampton are undefeated in the last seven Premier League games, only Tottenham have a longer run in the competition. The last Saints stayed longer between September and November 2013 under Mauricio Pochettino (eight games) without defeat. .
In terms of early team news, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are unlikely to play, but Marcus Rashord, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof should be fit.
This is how our United writers think they should line up (and a predicted line-up in the picture below).
Former United striker Michael Owen is among those who have made predictions for tonight’s game in Southampton.
“I reported on the Southampton game against Newcastle the other day and they were exceptional. In my opinion, Ralph Hasenhüttl goes places. He makes the saints play incredibly well and he could go all the way to the top.
“Ole Gunnar Solkjaer is still trying to figure out what his best starting XI is. Whenever he plays McTominay and Fred together, they’ll look a bit toothless in the future. On the other hand, however, they look a bit fragile when choosing his attack options.
« I think this will be close and given the recent form on both sides I can see this ending in a tie. ”
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