Manchester United will be looking to continue their mini revival when they meet Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils showed signs of recovery with a well-deserved 3-1 at Everton, and then required a retaken penalty to record an unconvincing win over West Brom last weekend. They made it three wins in a row by beating Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1 in the Champions League midweek. Manchester United can come within a single point of the home side if they can maintain their perfect away record (3P, 3W) after their trip to St. Mary’s.
Southampton, on the other hand, are in the midst of an eye-catching seven-match unbeaten run after a stuttering start to their campaign. Hasenhuttl’s men were mighty impressive, beating Newcastle at home (2-0) but were denied a victory on Monday night as they drew Wolves (1-1).
The fact that Southampton have been in fine form at home makes for an intriguing battle. They will, however, have to stop Manchester United from achieving a record eighth consecutive away win in the Premier League.
Southampton have won each of their last three Premier League home games, winning 2-0 each time. They last won four in a row at St Mary’s back in May 2016
Southampton are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games (W5, D2), and only Tottenham are on a longer run in the current competition. Saints last went longer without a defeat from Sept. – Nov. 2013 (8 games).
Manchester United have won their last seven Premier League away games – they’ve never won eight in a row in the top division before. Also, the Red Devils are looking to win their first four away games to a league season for the third time in their history.
Manchester United haven’t lost any of their last nine Premier League away games against Southampton (W5 D4). Their only defeat at St Mary’s in the competition came back in Aug. 2003.
Since his debut in the Premier League, B Fernandes has been involved in more goals than any other player (24 – 14 goals, 10 assists), while only K D Bruyne (74) has created more chances than the Portuguese (56).
- Match: Southampton vs Manchester United
- Venue: St. Mary’s, Southampton
- Date & Time: Nov. 29, 2020, at 7.30 PM IST
- Injuries: D Ings, N Redmond
- Doubtful: None
- Suspensions: None
- Injured: E Bailly, P Jones
- Doubtful: V Lindelof, P Pogba, S McTominay
- Suspended: None
Predicted Starting XI
A McCarthy (GK); K Walker-Peters, J Bednarek, J Vestergaard, R Bertrand; S Armstrong, J Ward-Prowse, O Romeu, M Djenepo; C Adams, T Walcott
Manchester United (4-2-3-1)
D de Gea (GK); A W-Bissaka, A Tuanzebe, H Maguire, A Telles; Fred, V de Beek; B Fernandes, M Rashford, M Greenwood; E Cavani
- Southampton form guide: D-W-W-W-D
- Manchester United form guide: W-W-W-L-L
Southampton have won three out of their four home matches and are unbeaten in seven matches overall, last losing more than two months ago.
United are on the verge of setting a new club record of away wins. Factoring in the Red Devils’ midweek efforts, with Southampton nearly a full-week off, expect this to be a competitive game finishing on level terms.
Howzat Dream Team
- Goalkeeper: D d-Gea
- Defenders: K Walker-Peters, J Bednarek, J Vestergaard, A W-Bissaka, A Telles
- Midfielders: J Ward-Prowse, B Fernandes, Fred
- Forwards: C Adams, M Rashford
- Captain: B Fernandes/C Adams
- Vice-captain: J Ward-Prowse/A Telles
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