|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.