Southampton vs Man United: Match preview, Betting tips and Predictions - Devils dare Saints at St. Mary's
|Southampton celebrating their goal at the Molineaux on Momday. It ended 1-1. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Southampton vs Manchester UnitedSt. Mary’s Stadium3:00pm
Remember the season a certain Leicester, fired by a blue-eyed fleet-footed striker and a one-legged Moroccan took the league by surprise and stormed to victory? Southampton would be feeling that way right now after their amazing run in the premier league.
Manchester United have blown hot and cold and now seem to have turned the corner after stringing back to back wins in the league and in Europe with their latest success against Istanbul Basaksehir edging them closer to a round of 16 berth.
Southampton could go level on points with Spurs with a win here and that would mean a lot to the London side with strong ambitions this season.
At this stage last season, the Saints were struggling for identity and didn’t find form until that disaster at home against Leicester, at this rate, they will not be mentioned in the relegation conversation and might even be rubbing shoulders with top ten contenders.
What is working well for the Saints this season? Defensively they have not been spot on, but the balance doesn’t mean they won’t concede considering the fact they have shipped 13 goals in nine games, their strength has been in the attack where Theo Walcott and Che Adams have been the leading lights.
Manchester United should be winning this sort of fixture on paper but football in this era can dumbfound the strongest of teams; United can achieve wonders with the quality in their squad but they often fall short of expectations.
United’s last league game was shrouded in controversy after VAR overturned a penalty that was in favor of the Baggies and then awarded United a penalty without calling back an infringement on a West Brom player just outside the box before United won the penalty.
VAR inconsistencies won’t stop coming up in conversations but teams can wait for their turn to benefit from it, does that make it effective? Certainly not but it is what it is.
Ralph Hassenhuetl will go head to head with Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, not for the first time but the German will be starting a league game ahead of Manchester United for the first time since he joined the London club.