Predicted Manchester United XI to play Southampton - Januzaj to retain starting place

Adnan Januzaj (low qual)

Manchester United will be looking to secure back-to-back wins with three points against Southampton this weekend.

David Moyes’ side played well to win away at Sunderland thanks to a brace from youngster Adnan Januzaj, which slightly improved upon an inconsistent start to the season for the Premier League champions.

United have three main injury concerns ahead of this game with question marks hanging over the fitness of defenders Rafael and Rio Ferdinand and central midfielder Tom Cleverley.

Marouane Fellaini should be available after a decision to delay wrist surgery until this winter.

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Here is the side Moyes may go with for the Saints clash.

GK – David De Gea

De Gea produced some of his best form in the win away at Sunderland, with one world class save in particular getting him some deserved attention. His ability to make saves from all angles is as good as it’s ever been and his distribution also looks good at the moment.

RB – Chris Smalling

Smalling slotted in at right-back for England against Poland and he’s likely to feature in the same role for United. He’s a very competent defender and works hard on the right hand side, getting forward when he can to provide an extra outlet for the midfield.

CB – Phil Jones

Jones would happily play anywhere he was asked for United but he should line up in the middle of the defence. He didn’t feature during the international break for England which means he should be fit and ready to play.

CB – Nemanja Vidic

Vidic will take his place in the heart of the back four, showcasing his vast experience and leadership skills. He’ll have to be at his best because Southampton have some very slick and quick attacking players, which means Vidic can’t afford to hold too high a line.

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LB – Patrice Evra

Evra has proven himself to be one of the most consistent left-backs that Manchester United have ever had. He gets forward well and looks very natural in attack and he’s worked very hard to eradicate weaknesses from his game, as well as making changes to compensate for his lack of pace.

RM – Antonio Valencia

Valencia was recently revealed to be the quickest player on the planet and he’ll slot in on the right hand side of midfield. He’ll offer protection to Smalling when United are under pressure and he looks more consistent in an attacking sense than he was last season.

CM – Michael Carrick

Carrick will play his familiar role in the middle of the team, closing down the angles and trying to intercept passes to key Southampton players. His experience will be key and he has to try and feed the more creative players in the side as quickly as possible.

CM – Marouane Fellaini

Fellaini will rotate with Carrick, getting forward to support the attack when he can but dropping deeper when United are under pressure. Fellaini is one of the best in the business when it comes to aggression and breaking up the play, with his height making him a natural asset in attack.

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LM – Adnan Januzaj

It would be extremely harsh on Januzaj if he wasn’t give the chance to produce some consistency following his performance against Sunderland. He looks like a very clever player and always seems to be about to make something special happen when he picks up possession.

ST – Wayne Rooney

Rooney produced his typical, charismatic work ethic and passion for England during the international break. He looks like a very happy player up front, just in behind Robin van Persie and he’s proven time and time again that he can drop off into the midfield when he needs to.

ST – Robin van Persie

Van Persie will be full of confidence after become the Netherlands’ highest goalscorer of all time. He’s not been anywhere near his best in United colours this season and he should be very determined to put in a good performance in this game.

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