|Jadon Sancho will be one to watch on Saturday at St. Mary's Stadium when United travel to negotiate Southampton for three points. (Photo credit: @manutd)|
Southampton vs Manchester UnitedSt. Mary’s Stadium12:30pm
Southampton will always be one of the clubs mooted to go down by most pundits but The Saints won’t have it and their decent start to the new season which has seen them copped four points in three games suggests they want to survive.
The Saints went to Leicester last weekend and returned with a solid Che Adams inspired three points, leaving them in 12th on the log and hosting a seemingly revived Manchester United at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday will test their growth.
The Red Devils did the impossible on Monday night; Eric Ten Hag finally showed what most people expected in grit and tactics. The German tactician dropped Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo for Rafael Varane and Antony Elanga respectively and there was result to show for it.
Tyrell Malacia also came in for Luke Shaw, handing United their first win of the season and it was against one of the firm favorites to land the title. Liverpool were second best all night long and this would give Ralph Hassenheutl something to think about.
What would Southampton want from this game? The Saints aren’t a stranger to Manchester United and they took points off them last season in fine fashions; Southampton will seek to compete and hang in there for as long as they can and see if they can repeat last season’s feat.
Manchester United already moved things from where they were and what that means is that they can’t settle for mediocrity again; fans will expect them to take it a notch higher and move up the ladder, anything short of a win here will bring back the protest that was suspended after the Liverpool win.
Southampton will certainly restore Che Adams to the starting line up and Joe Aribo will play off him, Lavia and James Ward Prowse would be the anchor in midfield while they must keep an eye on United’s high press for a potential long ball opportunity.
United will go for more of the same but expect Casemiro to make his debut; Scott McTominay had a great game against the Kops but it’s time for the Brazilian to anchor the midfield. Ronaldo might not feature at all with talks of a move away still ongoing but Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho are expected to shine again.