Manchester United take on Southampton today in a highly anticipated clash at Old Trafford, which could have a real bearing on both sides’ chances of a top-four finish.
Louis van Gaal’s injury concerns have eased slightly of late, with Ashley Young the only player to be unavailable for the game against Ronald Koeman’s men.
Juan Mata has been playing in the number ten role in the Dutch maestro’s 3-4-1-2 formation in recent weeks and has linked-up well with fellow attackers Wayne Rooney, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie.
However, with the likes of Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria now back to full fitness and eager to win a place in the Old Trafford starting line-up, competition for places is fierce.
Mata has shown that there is no hard feelings between the trio in the competition for a starting place by posting a photo to Instagram with the caption that they are ready for the visit of Southampton.
Van Gaal’s team selection will be of real interest today given that all of the team’s stars are now fit and available, with a chance that Mata may well miss out given Di Maria’s return.
Ahead of the game, only a point separates third-placed United from the fourth-placed Saints.