Saturday’s Premier League action gets underway at St Mary’s Stadium as Southampton and Manchester United go head-to-head in a bottom-half clash.
The Saints’ poor start to the new top-flight campaign featured a thumping 4-1 defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur and an action-packed 2-2 draw with Leeds United at home.
But Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side head into this encounter in high spirits following a come-from-behind 2-1 triumph at Leicester City last weekend despite conceding in a ninth successive league outing.
Standing between Southampton and their first Premier League clean sheet in ten matches are Man United.
After losing his first two Manchester United fixtures in the Premier League to sub-par rivals Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford, Erik ten Hag guided his side to a huge 2-1 home win over Liverpool last time out.
Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were on the scoresheet as the Red Devils recorded a morale-boosting victory over bitter rivals to recover some confidence following a nightmarish start to the season.
Southampton finally arrested an underwhelming eight-match winless Premier League streak stretching back to last season and could now win back-to-back league games for the first time since February.
However, since a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in January 2016, the Saints are winless in their last 12 top-flight clashes against Man Utd (D7, L5), though both their league meetings in 2021/22 yielded the same 1-1 score.
On top of that, Hasenhuttl’s men have suffered five defeats in their last seven Premier League home matches (W1, D1), conceding two or more goals six times in this run.
With some of their confidence and dignity restored following the abovementioned triumph over Liverpool, Man Utd will be looking to halt a disastrous seven-game losing league streak on the road.
Despite experiencing their worst losing run in top-flight away games since 1936, the Red Devils can draw confidence from going unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League visits to St Mary’s Stadium (W6, D5).
In fact, they have netted 98 goals against Southampton in the Premier League and are two goals away from scoring a century of goals against a fifth different top-flight side.
Southampton vs Manchester United Potential Line-ups
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Bazunu; Kyle Walker-Peters, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Mohammed Salisu, Moussa Djenepo; James Ward-Prowse, Romeo Lavia; Joe Aribo, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Adam Armstrong; Che Adams.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Tyrell Malacia, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Diogo Dalot; Christian Eriksen, Casemiro; Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes; Cristiano Ronaldo.
How to Watch?
Southampton vs Man Utd, coupled with all other Red Devils matches, is available to watch online via Manchester United live streams.
Southampton vs Manchester United Prediction
Saturday’s showdown is not the type of Southampton fixture the hosts have a legitimate hope of claiming any points, at least based on their Premier League fortunes against Man Utd.
But ten Hag’s lads will be out to prove their win over Liverpool was not just a one-off and we back them to maintain their impressive run against the Saints.
Southampton 1-3 Manchester United
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