Southampton vs Man Utd by Luke
Southampton can't be fully satisfied with the start in new season, since the team has only six points out of five rounds, but also due the fact that they got excluded from the Europa League qualifiers against Danish side Midtjylland, however positive signs were seen in last two Premier League matches. After three matches with no victory, Southampton stepped up and defeated Norwich 3:0 just before the international break.
They also looked very well in the most recent game, when the Saints got a point away from home against WBA in a goalless draw, but actually the general impression is that the visitors deserved something more. They controlled the action, had much more of the ball possession and chances created, while their hosts tried to jeopardize their goal via counter attacks. After two positive performance the team is surely awaiting this game with improved morale and wants to surprise against favorites Manchester United. Jordy Clasie is available for the first time after joining the club this Summer, will probably be benched. Coach Ronald Koeman won't be able to count at goalkeeper Fraser Forster, central defender Florin Gardos and left full back/midfielder Ryan Bertrand, all injured from the start of the season. They will surely continue with 4-2-3-1 formation and Pelle in front of opponent's goal with Tadic, Mane and Ward-Prowse as his support.
It's obvious now that Manchester United is far away from their good form and getting the right results, at least the results their fans would like to have. However, with the Citizens' defeat yesterday at home against West Ham, United now has a chance to approach closer to the leaders to only two points difference in case of a victory. It would be a primary thing for them to get back to the winning ways after almost shocking 2:1 defeat away to PSV Eindhoven in Champions League opener on Tuesday evening.
Despite a lead when Depay scored the opening goal late in the first halftime and much more of the ball possession, players of Manchester United once again showed their vulnerability at the back as the Dutch side overturned result with two goals within twelve minutes. They will be looking to bounce back here after defeat against PSV, but the real problems remains with unreliable form from the team as they not only play with many ups and downs looking at matches, but also during the single game. Left back Luke Shaw (6/0) will miss this game as he broke his leg in Eindhoven and awaits long pause. Marcos Rojo should make his first start in Premier League as the team needs to change defensive lineup with Daley Blind probably being set at the position of left back. Defensive Phil Jones is back to training sessions after recovering from injury, but the game comes early for him. Anthony Martial should lead their attack again in 4-2-3-1 formation, but Wayne Rooney is ready again after missing two previous matches and will probably be playing just behind Martial as offensive midfielder.
Manchester United is slight favorite here, but the team is nowhere to be trusted at this moment. Saints, on the other side, are playing better and better and it won't be surprise in case they manage to take a point or more. An open game is expected with both teams scoring, but the final outcome remains totally unpredictable for me.