Manchester United vs Southampton : This weekend English Premier League when they host Manchester United vs Southampton at Old Trafford. United enters the day in fifth place with 55 points and a record of 16-7-5, sitting a point behind the final Champions League spot. Southampton, meanwhile, is right in the relegation battle with 27 points in 17th place and a record of 6-9-13. The club has found a bit of form to escape the drop zone, winning three of their last seven.
Manchester United vs Southampton
English Premier League – Regular Season
Place: Old Trafford – Manchester, ENG
Time: 10:00AM ET
Manchester United vs Southampton Live Stream
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without a host of key names due to injury – something he has chalked up to an increased workload in training.
Anthony Martial, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia – the latter of whom the manager confirmed to be leaving the club at the end of the season – are all certain absentees or doubts one way or another.
However, Romelu Lukaku could see his showing against Crystal Palace rewarded with another start up front.
Potential Man Utd starting XI: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Pogba, McTominay, Fred; Dalot, Lukaku, Sanchez.
With a 2-0 win over fellow bottom club Fulham helping to further boost their survival chances, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl may be loathed to make any changes.
Mario Lemina remains an absentee with an abdominal problem.
Potential Southampton starting XI: Gunn; Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard; Valery, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Hojbjerg; Bertrand; Austin, Redmond.
Manchester United vs Southampton : Match Preview
Just over a baker’s dozen of domestic fixtures into his tenure at the helm of Manchester United and interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of faltering just yet.
Save a 2-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, the Norwegian is yet to taste a loss in the Old Trafford hotseat and has brought much-needed life back to their play at the Theatre of Dreams.
Now, United sit on the cusp of securing top level European football once again, only a point off the pace of Arsenal in fourth and with the wind at their backs.
They face a proverbial banana-skin however in the shape of Southampton, who arrive in Manchester themselves looking to keep their own revival going.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has hauled Saints out of the relegation zone since his arrival, though they remain uncomfortably close to the bottom three still.
The prize scalp of United will be one the visitors will fancy being able to claim, having fully played their part in a four-goal, first-half thriller in December that ended 2-2, one of a run of games that likely cemented the exit of Jose Mourinho from the Red Devils.
One man relishing his chance under Solskjaer, after initially struggling to find starting game time, is Romelu Lukaku.
“He is working hard in training and has been playing well,” he said. “He’s had to play wide for me and had many defensive duties, so I’m happy for him playing as a number nine.
“It’s always good to see players taking their chance. That’s what it’s about at this club, when you get your chance, grab it.”
Lukaku returned the compliments too, adding: “I like him. He’s really open, really honest in his communication, and keeps me hungry, so whenever I get a chance to play I just want what’s best for the team and to help the team win.