Three key Manchester United players for their clash with Southampton: Rooney, Schneiderlin and Rojo

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Taking a look at some of Manchester United's most important players this weekend.

Manchester United travel to St Mary’s this weekend to take on Southampton in the Premier League, and after losing 2-1 to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League last week, Louis van Gaal’s side will be desperate to get back to winning ways.

Here we take a look at three United players who will be key if they are to get anything against Southampton:

Marcos Rojo

Luke Shaw’s broken leg means Argentine defender Marcos Rojo should start for United on Sunday after he came off the bench against the Dutch side.

Rojo is equally adept at playing at centre-back and left-back but if Tuesday’s match is an indicator it seems he will play alongside Chris Smalling with Daley Blind shifting out wide.

In truth it makes more sense for Rojo to take Shaw’s place with Blind and Smalling developing a fine pairing in the opening matches of the season, but wherever the former plays he will be key in maintaining the defensive balance of United’s early matches.

Morgan Schneiderlin

French international Morgan Schneiderlin may have been used sparingly in recent matches but he will surely start against his former club.

The 25-year-old has been great since arriving at Old Trafford and how he deals with his return to St Mary’s – and his former teammates – will go a long way to deciding the result.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is fit again following the injury he picked up on international duty, and he will want to score his first domestic goal of the season in a vital game for his side.

United’s 3-1 victory against Liverpool last weekend is a result they will want to build on and an upturn in form from Rooney could not come at a better time.

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