Both Southampton and Manchester United will be looking to build on their first wins of the season when they meet in the first game of the Premier League weekend.
Southampton recovered from a goal down to beat a Leicester City side who continue to struggle.
Che Adams came on at 1-0 down and scored twice in a short period to turn the game on it’s head.
Manchester United produced one of their best performances in years to beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, meant Mohamed Salah’s late strike was no more than a consolation effort.
2021-22 Premier League: Southampton 15th, Manchester United 6th
2021-22 Premier League top scorers
Southampton – James Ward-Prowse 10 goals
Manchester United – Cristiano Ronaldo 18 goals
Both matches last term finished 1-1, including an entertaining draw at the St.Mary’s with Fred deflecting in an early Adams strike.
Manchester United do have an excellent recent record against Southampton, unbeaten in 13 in all competitions.
Last five Premier League meetings
Manchester United 1 Southampton 1 – 12/02/22
Southampton 1 Manchester United 1 – 22/08/21
Manchester United 9 Southampton 0 – 02/02/21
Southampton 2 Manchester United 3 – 29/11/20
Manchester United 2 Southampton 2 – 13/07/20
Having turned the game around against Leicester, it’s very probable that Adams will come into the XI at the expense of new signing Sekou Mara.
Valentino Livramento remains a long term absentee, however Romain Perraud could return.
Anthony Martial should come in for Anthony Elanga in what will be the only change from the side that beat Liverpool.
That would mean Cristiano Ronaldo and new signing Casemiro will have to make do with a place on the bench.
Expected starting XI’s
Southampton (4-3-3): Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Salisu, Bella, Djenepo; Lavia, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi; Aribo, Armstong, Adams
Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; McTominay, Eriksen, Fernandes; Sancho, Martial, Rashford
Manchester United have lost their last seven consecutive Premier League away matches and Southampton themselves have struggled at home
Correct Score: 1-1
Both matches last term finished 1-1, with three of the last five also finishing level
Anytime Goalscorer: Bruno Fernandes
Fernandes has five goal involvements in five matches against Southampton