To be played on Saturday 19th October 2013 at 15:00. Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Last season 2-1
David Moyes will have felt a little better going into the international break after his side’s much needed win against Sunderland whilst Mauricio Pochettino will be taking his Southampton side full of confidence as they lie in fourth place four points ahead of their opponents.
In terms of the team news, Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc is currently battling a hamstring injury and could miss out whilst there are still doubts of Luke Shaw as he is battling an illness. Pablo Osvaldo should be fit for the Saints having had a slight ankle problem.
For the home side, Rio Ferdinand may be a slight doubt – Rafael should be able to shake off a knock to be considered for selection but no timescale has been put on Tom Cleverley who has a calf problem that he picked up on international duty.
Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney are Manchester United’s top league scorers with three goals each.
Rickie Lambert is Southampton’s top league scorer with two goals.
Manchester United’s home record: Played 3, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 1, Goals For 3, Goals Against 2.
Southampton’s away record: Played 3, Won 2, Drawn 0, Lost 1, Goals For 2, Goals Against 1.
Manchester United had 62% of the possession in their last match – a 2-1 win at Sunderland
Southampton had 42% of the possession in their last match – a 2-0 home win over Swansea.
Manchester United’s last six: Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 3.
Southampton’s last six: Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 1.
Five players to watch:
He has been a stand-out performer for Manchester United in recent games, with his brace against Sunderland providing David Moyes with a much needed win. Ever since there’s been a tug of war of his nationality, but will he keep up his impressive run of form this weekend?
Even when United haven’t been at the best, Rooney has looked as if he could pull something out of the fire to rescue them from a dire situation. With Southampton’s defence so far this season being quite stubborn, he could be the man to unlock it.
The Southampton skipper tends to have a big say in their performances. If he manages to feature heavily and positively, then United could have their hands full. He’s also managed to get two assists and a goal in the last three league games.
Wanyama is always going to be a pivotal player for the Saints if they are to take big scalps this season. His ability to break up the play and his first time ball is going to be crucial for Southampton at Old Trafford.
The United defence has had a few shaky moments of late and Ferdinand hasn’t exactly looked in the best of form. He may return to the side this weekend, and Southampton will look to test him.
Last time they met
Manchester United 2-1 Southampton – Premier League January 2013
All the scoring was done relatively early on in this game, and Southampton received some high praise from Sir Alex Ferguson. Jay Rodriguez gave the visitors an early lead before Wayne Rooney hit back in the eighth minute. The scoreline was rounded off just before the half hour mark by Rooney as they strengthened their position at the top of the table, whilst a disappointed Southampton side were still looking over their shoulders towards the drop zone.