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Match Preview: Southampton vs Manchester United

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Southampton and Manchester United will open the Matchday 4 in the Premier League tomorrow afternoon at 13:30 (CET).

Manchester United visit Southampton this weekend, looking to get back on the winning ways after disappointing results against Wolverhampton and Crystal Palace.

The Red Devils will travel to the south of England after a shocking 2-1 home defeat against the Eagles in their previous outing.

Southampton, on the other hand, will host the most successful club in the country on the wings of two successive victories – 2-0 at Brighton last weekend and a 1-0 win at Fulham in the Carabao Cup mid-week.

Team news

The hosts will miss Nathan Redmond who injured his ankle in the League Cup win against Fulham back on Tuesday.

Moussa Djenepo is also sidelined for the Saints while Michael Obafemi and Ryan Bertrand are doubtfull and will go through late fitness tests on Saturday morning.

Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw will miss United’s trip to Southampton, after suffering injuries in the game against Crystal Palace last weekend.

Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian are out as well – they are expected to leave Old Trafford before the end of the summer transfer market in Europe and join Alexis Sanchez who has moved to Inter on a one-year loan deal.

What did the managers say

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is happy with his team’s performance in the last two games – against Brighton and Fulham.

“You know that you have to play these clubs and those teams, and last season we played them very well at Old Trafford. We had a very good game there and maybe deserved more. Maybe we can turn the tables now.

“We are building up a little bit more self-confidence after the last two games with two clean sheets. The performances have been better and even with the good injures, we have good subs who are really looking forward to playing.

“It’s up to me to find the right balance and then I am sure we will have players on the pitch who can create problems for Manchester United,” Hasenhuttl said via the club’s official website.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about the exits of Alexis Sanches and Chirs Smalling, confirming the defender’s departure to Roma.

“It’s just come up the last couple of days, this opportunity for Chris. Of course, we sat down yesterday and discussed it. At the moment we’ve got six fit center-backs. I couldn’t promise Chris regular football. He’s on the plane over now and I think he’ll enjoy the experience over there.

“I think Alexis needed to go. It has not really worked out for him, for him as well. It will only benefit everyone. I think Alexis needed to go. It has not really worked out for him, for him as well. It will only benefit everyone.

“I’m trusting Marcus, Anthony, mason to be our center-forwards. We’ve got loads of options and for me, it is time for our boys to feel the pressure. It is something which we are looking forward to,” Ole said at the press conference today.

Stats

The Saints are winless in their last eight home league games against Manchester United (D3, L5).

They have taken the lead but ultimately lost in nine Premier League games against the Red Devils.

The side playing at home in this fixture has won just three of the last 15 Premier League encounters (D5, L7).

Manchester United are without a victory in five away league fixtures and have lost three of those matches. They have won just one of their last eight games in the Premier League (D3, L4).

Southampton’s win at Brighton last weekend ended their run of seven consecutive league games without a victory.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has kept only one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League games. They have conceded 22 goals in this run and scored just 19 times (W5, D3, L6).

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