Prediction: Manchester United vs Southampton

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Prediction: Manchester United to win 3-0

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Manchester United and Southampton will face each other in the Premier League this coming weekend. The match between the Red Devils and the Saints will be held at Old Trafford and is scheduled to kick off at 4pm UK time on Sunday.

Manchester United

Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world, and in recent seasons, they have really struggled. The Red Devils have not won the Premier League title since 2013 and they are not going to do so this season, but under head coach Erik ten Hag, things are on the up. There is an air of optimism and confidence at Old Trafford that the club will return to their old glory.

United are third in the Premier League table at the moment with 49 points from 25 matches. The Red Devils are as many as nine points behind second-placed, city rivals and defending champions Manchester City, who have played 26 games. United are four points clear of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have played 26 games.

The Red Devils suffered a shocking and embarrassing 7-0 defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool away from home at Anfield in the Premier League last weekend. It came after a 3-1 win against Premier League rivals Wets Ham United at Old Trafford in the fifth round of the FA Cup and followed a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium in London.

Team News:

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag could have Victor Lindelof back. The defender did not play against Liverpool last weekend due to a minor injury. Anthony Martial will remain on the sidelines with Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek. Marcus Rashford will start for the Red Devils, and so will star defensive midfielder Casemiro.

Southampton

While Manchester United are aiming to finish in the Premier League top four and qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, Southampton are fighting for survival in the top flight of English football and are desperately trying not to get relegated to the Championship at the end of the season. The Saints are in dire situation at the moment.

Southampton are second from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with 21 points from 25 matches. The Saints are level on points with bottom side Bournemouth and just a point behind Leeds United and Everton, who are 17th and 18th respectively in the standings.

The Saints’s recent form has been encouraging. Southampton will head into the Premier League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford this coming weekend on the back of a 1-0 victory over former champions Leicester City at St. Mary’s Stadium and came after a 2-1 loss at the hands of Grimsby Town in the fifth round of the FA Cup. It followed a 1-0 defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road in the Premier League and came after a shock 1-0 victory over Chelsea away from home at Stamford Bridge in London in the league.

Team News:

Southampton are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. The Saints will have Che Adams leading the line. Former Arsenal winger Theo Walcott will start on the right of a three-man attacking midfielder. James Ward-Prowse will start in defensive midfield.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Manchester United have scored 41 goals in 25 Premier League matches so far this season.
  • Manchester United have won 3 of their last 5 Premier League games.
  • Southampton have conceded 41 goals in 25 Premier League games so far this season.
  • Southampton have lost 16 out of 25 Premier League matches so far this campaign.
  • Marcus Rashford has scored 14 goals and given 3 assists in 25 Premier League games for Manchester United so far this season.

Conclusion 

While Southampton’s performances and results in recent matches have been encouraging, it cannot be ignored that Manchester United are a much better team and are also at home for this match. Yes, the Red Devils suffered a shock 7-0 loss at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League last weekend, but it is really hard to see anything but a convincing win for United against the Saints at Old Trafford this weekend.

Prediction: Manchester United to win 3-0

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