Manchester United and Southampton meet for the first time since the former won 9-0 in February and while a repeat of that score is unlikely to be on the cards, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be confident about his squad which will will make two victories out of two as Prime Minister. League so far this season.
A 3-1 loss to Everton was a worrying way for Southampton to start their season, with Ralph Hasehuttl’s side losing a first-half lead to Goodison Park. Although Danny Ings replacement as forward Adam Armstrong found the net in his top flight debut, there will be concerns about the quality at both ends of the pitch for a Saints side who lost key players in the transfer window. Here’s how to watch the game and what you need to know:
How to watch and odds
Dated: Sunday August 22 | Time: 9:00 a.m.ET
Site: St Mary’s Stadium – Southampton, United Kingdom
TV / Live broadcast: Peacock Premium
Chances: Southampton +500; Prize draw +333; Manchester United -188 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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Southampton: It’s not just the loss of Ings that threatens to derail Southampton’s season. In defense, Jannik Vestergaard, the hub of Hasenhuttl’s defense, has moved on to Leicester and although he is confident he will be replaced before the transfer window closes, there is so far no new signature through the door.
A contract extension for James Ward Prowse was a welcome boost as Aston Villa sniffed at the England international, but ahead of what promises to be a tough game, Southampton look like a team with a bit of experience.
Manchester United : After being exposed outside Old Trafford last weekend, Raphael Varane could feature to some extent on the South Coast alongside Edinson Cavani, who returned to training later than many of his teammates after the club gave him gave an extended summer break to spend time with his family. It’s also possible that Jadon Sancho will start after a brief appearance in last week’s 5-1 win over Leeds United.
“They worked well,” Soskjaer said of Sancho and Varane. “They’ve had a few minutes. We’ve had a great week ourselves. We’ll see who takes the flight to Southampton on Saturday.”
Manchester United reached a rich form of attacking last weekend, expect this to continue against a Southampton side who will do well to keep them from climbing the scoring. TO TAKE: Southampton 1 Manchester United 3