Manchester United travel to Hampshire for their Premier League clash against Southampton on Sunday.
Setting the Scene
The Reds go up against currently ninth place Southampton at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
United are out there to maintain a place at the top of the table. Mourinho would want to keep the momentum going for his team.
Mourinho’s boys are in fine form and look to extend their unbeaten run with another away win.
Red Devils so far
Manchester United currently top the table with 13 points from 5 matches same as their city rivals Manchester City.
Mourinho and his boys are unbeaten so far with four wins and a draw at Stoke.
United are running on back to back wins against Everton with a 4-0 scoreline and second-tier team Burton 4-1.
The Reds have put four goals into the back of the net against opponents a number of times this season proving they have formidable attack.
Manchester United would surely like to extend their fine form with a win against Southampton at the St. Mary’s Stadium.
Southampton this season
The Saints are currently ranked ninth in the Premier League table with eight points in five matches.
Mauricio Pellegrino and his boys have two wins, drawn two and lost one so far this season.
Southampton welcome United at home following an away win against low side Crystal Palace which put them back on track.
The away win came as morale boost for Southampton after losing to Watford at home in their previous match.
The Saints have not been so good at their home turf as far the season have fared. But Pellegrino would want his boys get maximum points from the match against United.
Paul Pogba will not be available for the Reds with a hamstring injury.
Players rested in the Carabao Cup will be available for the match against Southampton with the likes De Gea, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo will remain sidelined for the match.
English forward Charlie Austin is doubtful for the match.
Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk has returned to the fold for selection.
Manchester United have an overall slightly more than fifty percent win record against the Saints since the two teams first met in 1897.
The Red Devils have won 63 matches against Southampton in a total of 121 matches played so far between the two.
Southampton have won 28 matches and drawn 30.
As a matter of fact, United won their first-ever away game against Southamton in 1992 with Dion Dublin scoring the only goal of the match.
In the previous season, United won at home and drew at Southampton in the Premier League. The Reds came out victorious in the EFL match against the Saints in the 2016/17 season.
The last clash between these two teams at St. Mary’s ended in a goalless draw with Martial hitting the post.
Craig Pawson is the main man in the middle as the referee.
Ian Hussin and Constantine Hatzidakis will assist Craig along with Mike Jones who is the appointed fourth official for the match.
United Starting XI
On-goal: David de Gea
Defence: Antonio Valencia (c), Eric Baily, Phil Jones, Ashley Young
Midfield: Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Marcus Rashford (LW), Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata(RW)
Attack: Romelu Lukaku
Subs: Sergio Romero, Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, Micheal Carrick, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard
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