|Che Adams wheeled away in celebration after drawing Southampton level against United in the first leg at St. Mary's Stadium. Will he do it again on Saturday? (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Manchester United vs SouthamptonOld Trafford1:30pm
Manchester United dropped out of the top four after failing to beat Burnley in midweek, they will look at themselves and feel sorry because Westham won and despite the fact that Tottenham slipped up at home to United’s opponents of game week 25, they will know they messed up.
Arsenal beat Wolves away from home to make United’s situation worse, they have played a game more than the Gunners and are behind Mikel Arteta’s side already on goal difference, they can’t afford another bad result.
Step forward Southampton, the kings of hot and cold runs. Southampton can record a great result against a top side one week and then lose cheaply to a bottom club the next round. They have to work on their consistency if they want to completely leave the potential relegation dogfight.
How did it go wrong for United against Burnley? They failed to take their chances because they had many. Twice they were denied by VAR as Rafael Varane thought he’d found the back of the net but Edison Cavani missed when it was actually easier to score not long after.
Paul Pogba is back and he looks sharp in the stalemate against the Cherries, will Ralph Rangnick start Cristiano Ronaldo for the double game week or still keep him out? Marcus Rashford is another player that is being managed, you wonder why.
The Saints beat Tottenham away from home, Che Adams headed home unmarked late on and when Steven Bergwijn thought he’d done it again with a super late equalizer but the VAR chalked it off after replays showed he was clearly offside.
Southampton were resolute in their victory away at Spurs, they were accountable for the ball and they stifled life out of every attack as best as they could but they didn’t have answers to the runs of Heung Son Min, in the game against United they have to do better in that regard.
These two sides settled for a 1-1 draw in the first leg at St. Mary’s Stadium, it was a result that United felt bitter at following series of debatable officiating including the call that led to the Saint’s equalizer, Bruno Fernandes will look to make amends in this fixture, he needs to stand and be counted.
How will they line up? Rangnick is known to be bold at selections, you can’t predict his line up but be sure he will be out for a win, United can’t afford another slip up in the race for the top four.
Southampton must be brave as well, they always enjoy attacking but they can’t leave their behind without some attention. The can’t respect United too much, the Red Devils have shown they can be susceptible on set pieces, they also don’t score many from that too.