Why Mane, van Dijk and Wanyama will be key for Southampton against Manchester United

Considering three Southampton stars who have a very big weekend ahead of them.

Southampton welcome Manchester United to St. Mary’s on Sunday with Ronald Koeman knowing he has the players at his disposal to make it a bad afternoon for Louis van Gaal and his team.

Southampton have taken six points from their first five matches and a victory at home to United will send an emphatic message for the games to come.

Here we take a look at three Southampton players who will be key to their efforts when they take on United on Sunday:

Victor Wanyama

With former Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin now playing for United and likely to feature on Sunday, his former teammate Victor Wanyama has a big 90 minutes ahead of him.

This game is likely to be won and lost in the centre of the park and if Wanyama plays to his full potential he could outshine Schneiderlin.

Virgil van Dijk

Wayne Rooney is likely to return for United, meaning that recent Southampton addition Virgil van Dijk will have a tough afternoon keeping the England international at bay.

United scored three goals against Liverpool last weekend and they will want to maintain that impressive form in front of goal.

As for van Dijk, he will do all he can to ensure Southampton end the game with a clean sheet.

Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane was only on the bench for the Saints’ match against West Bromwich Albion last time out, but expect him to be brought back into the starting line-up for a fixture he will be desperate to shine in for obvious reasons.

The exciting forward has the pace and the skill-set to cause United’s defence all sorts of problems and he could be the most likely scorer for the hosts.

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