7 goals in 7 appearances: Robin van Persie key for Manchester United against Southampton

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Ahead of Manchester United's Premier League clash with Southampton at Old Trafford, we bring you all the best Opta stats.

Manchester United will be looking to continue their incredible home form as they welcome Southampton to Old Trafford for Sunday's Premier League lunch-time kick-off.

With the Saints just a point behind the Red Devils in the domestic table, this fixture is a genuine six-pointer when it comes to Champions League qualification for next season.

Here are the top five statistics ahead of Sunday's encounter:

5 - United have won their last 5 league matches at Old Trafford, scoring 12 goals along the way. They head into Sunday’s game high on confidence. In the home league table the hosts sit second, behind Chelsea, with an 80% win rate (8W 1D 1L) in 10 games. The Saints' away form is somewhat inconsistent this season after 4 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in their 9 games, a win rate of just 44%.

 Home Form WonDrawnLostPointsMatches
Manchester United 8 1 1 25 10
 Away Form WonDrawnLostPointsMatches
Southampton 4 1 4 13 9

100 - United lead on possession having enjoyed 61.4% of the ball at Old Trafford compared to Southampton’s 54.7% away from home. They also dominate in several other key areas, such as pass completion (87.8% vs 79.9%), and shot accuracy (37% vs 36%). They have made 100 more passes than Southampton per game (596 vs 495) and lead in attack with a greater number of attempts per 90 minutes (14.2 vs 12).

 Home Form Passing Accuracy (%)Shooting Accuracy (%)Total Passes per MatchTotal Shots per MatchMatches
Manchester United 88 37 595.6 14.2 10
 Away Form Passing AccuracyShooting Accuracy (%)Total Passes per MatchTotal Shots per MatchMatches
Southampton 80 36 495 12 9

7 - Robin van Persie has scored seven goals in seven Premier League appearances against Southampton. When the Red Devils faced the Saints last month they managed just three shots, the lowest figure Opta have ever recorded for them in a Premier League match. Somehow they still scored two goals, with the Dutchman nicking a brace. Van Persie has eight goals in 19 appearances so far this term.

8 - Van Persie is his side's joint top-scorer in the league to date, with Wayne Rooney also on eight goals (16 appearances). Meanwhile, Graziano Pelle holds this accolade for the Saints. He too boasts the same tally. Nonetheless, the club will be without their second-highest scorer, Saido Mane, due to injury. The Senegal international has scored in each of his last three appearances.

Top Scorers TeamAppearancesGoals
Graziano Pellè Southampton 20 8
Wayne Rooney Man Utd 16 8
Robin van Persie Man Utd 19 8
Juan Mata Man Utd 17 5
Sadio Mané Southampton 14 4

17 - Of all Premier League fixtures to have been played out at least 10 times since the turn of the century, United versus Southampton is the highest scoring affair of any current top-flight match up, with an average of 3.59 goals scored per game over the course of the last 17 meetings between the sides. The hosts have won six and lost none of their last eight league matches against the visiting side. 

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