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4-2-3-1 With Casemiro, Martinez & Rashford | How Man United’s Starting XI Could Look Like Against Southampton

Southampton vs Manchester United

Will we see any changes to the Manchester United line-up as they prepare to take on Southampton in the Premier League?

Following their first victory of the 2022/23 season, that too against Liverpool, Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United travel to Southampton this weekend as they look to build on their confidence moving forward. With the manager expected to stick by the starting line-up that secured a riveting three points at Old Trafford earlier this week, United will be hoping to gain consistent results heading into a congested fixture list.

Having secured the indispensable midfield signing in Casemiro last week, the Brazilian is expected to make his debut for the club against Southampton on Saturday. Whilst much of the team is likely to remain unchanged, Ten Hag could potentially make changes in personnel across the midfield and forward positions at the weekend.

Casemiro playing for Real Madrid, Manchester United line-up, Southampton
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The Red Devils remain without the services of Facundo Pellistri, Victor Lindelof and Brandon Williams owing to injury, whilst Anthony Martial misses out on the trip to Southampton because of an Achilles injury despite featuring against Liverpool earlier this week.

Probable Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Southampton

Expected to employ a distinct approach against Southampton, Ten Hag is likely to revert back to a possession-based approach on Saturday. Although having gained success using a counter-attacking philosophy against Liverpool, the Dutchman is expected to derive improvement in the team’s ability to control games and possession when going up against several mid-table teams over the coming weeks.


David De Gea (GK): Having shown a willingness to adapt to Ten Hag’s requirements against Liverpool, De Gea will be hoping to expand on his attributes moving forward. With the club likely to acquire a goalkeeper before transfer deadline day to challenge the Spaniard for a place in the starting line-up, De Gea will be keen on delivering consistent displays over the coming weeks.


Diogo Dalot (RB): Amongst the impressive performers against Liverpool, Dalot will be keen on delivering consistent performances moving forward. Likely to remain the preferred choice for the right-back position, the Portuguese full-back will hope to provide significant contributions moving forward.

Raphael Varane (RCB): An exemplary performance against Liverpool saw Varane, arguably, cement his spot in the starting line-up for the immediate run of fixtures. United’s most experienced centre-back, the Frenchman is likely to prove vital in the team’s quest to improve their results over the coming weeks.

Lisandro Martinez (LCB): Excellent in his application, Martinez is unlikely to be displaced from the starting line-up anytime soon. Having been a refreshing addition to the defensive line, the Argentine will be keen on remaining consistent moving forward.

Tyrell Malacia (LB): A boisterous yet composed display saw Malacia deliver an excellent account of his attributes against Liverpool. Having added a much-needed bite in defence, the left-back is expected to retain his place against Southampton on Saturday.

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Casemiro (CDM): Unchallenged in his experience in the position, Casemiro is expected to slot into the starting line-up against Southampton. Expected to help the team dictate play while providing adequate defensive cover, the midfielder will be keen on delivering a notable debut performance on Saturday.

Christian Eriksen (CM): Although relatively unnoticed, Eriksen remained a reliable presence in the midfield against Liverpool. With the manager likely to employ a possession-based approach against Southampton, Eriksen is expected to retain his spot as a deep-lying playmaker on Saturday.


Jadon Sancho (RW): Having bagged his first goal of the season earlier this week, Sancho will be keen on continuing to build up momentum moving into the season. Expected to remain a starter for the foreseeable future, the winger will be looking to improve on his offensive contributions moving forward.

Cristiano Ronaldo applauding the Manchester United fans, Manchester United line-up, Southampton
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Bruno Fernandes (CAM): A relatively improved display against Liverpool saw Fernandes majorly contribute to the team’s collective performance at Old Trafford. Seemingly adapting to his new role under Ten Hag, the Portuguese midfielder will be keen on gaining consistency over the coming fixtures.

Marcus Rashford (LW): Amongst the promising performers earlier this week, Rashford will be keen on building on a confident display facing Southampton. Expected to remain a starter for the foreseeable future, the winger will be looking to return to his best form over the coming weeks.

Cristiano Ronaldo (ST): With Anthony Martial injured, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to slot back into the starting line-up after featuring on the bench against Liverpool. Although his future at the club remains uncertain, the Portuguese striker will be keen on contributing to the team’s prospects on Saturday.

Score Prediction

Southampton 1-2 Manchester United

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