Southampton vs Manchester United LIVE: Premier League squad news and latest set up today
Follow the coverage live as Southampton host Manchester United at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss to Everton in their opener of the new season, with sales from Danny Ings and Jannik Vestergaard leaving the Saints in a precarious position. The club were boosted by captain James Ward-Prowse’s decision to renew his contract, however, after much interest from Aston Villa and new striker Adam Armstrong, he will aim to ensure his goal tally is operational.
It just might prove to be a tough task against a confident United side, however. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side beat Leeds 5-1 last weekend, Bruno Fernandes scoring a hat-trick as Paul Pogba provided four assists, and there is currently a positive atmosphere around the club, in large part thanks to to the signatures of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, both of whom should appear this afternoon. Some uncertainty remains in the form of Pogba’s contract, with the Frenchman now in the final 12 months of his contract, but Solskjaer has insisted the World Cup winner will not be sold this summer. “For me to keep the players at Man United, when you see a good team and get good results, that helps and we want to win things,” he said. Watch all the action from St Mary’s live below:
Southampton vs Man Utd – Head to Head
Manchester United’s 9-0 win in their last league encounter with Southampton tied the Premier League record for the biggest win. It followed United’s 9-0 triumph over Ipswich Town in 1995 and Leicester City’s 9-0 victory at Southampton in 2019.
Michael jones22 Aug 2021 13:18
Southampton vs Man Utd prediction
Manchester United are undefeated in 12 Premier League games against Southampton. Here’s how we see today’s game going:
Michael jones22 Aug 2021 13:13
Team News – Changes
Ralph Hasenhuttl names an unchanged Southampton side after their 3-1 loss to Everton last weekend. The Saints lost key players over the summer with the departure of Jannik Vestegaard and Danny Ings, but they were strengthened by the signing of a new contract by James Ward-Prowse.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes two changes to his Manchester United starting XI. Daniel James and Scott McTominay retire and are replaced by Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial.
Michael jonesAug 22, 2021 1:06 PM
Team news – Southampton vs Man Utd
Southampton XI: McCarthy; Livramento, Stephans, Salisu, Perraud; Walcott, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo; Adams, A. Armstrong
Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Martial
Michael jonesAug 22, 2021 1:01 PM
Manchester United and Raphael Varane, a love story that finally writes its first chapter
It wouldn’t be entirely accurate to say that Raphael Varane made a good first impression since he started training at Carrington this week. The thing with first impressions it’s famous is that you’re all one, and he’s a player many at Manchester United have watched, watched and admired from a distance for a decade or more now. .
Rarely has a new recruit made such an impression on so many people in Carrington and Old Trafford before they walked through the door. Ed Woodward, no less, has long hoped to bring Varane to Manchester. This week was United’s first chance to see him up close, however, and it only confirmed the belief of many at the club that they got a defender of the highest caliber:
Michael jonesAugust 22, 2021 12:55
Recent results: Southampton v Man Utd
Manchester United are undefeated in their last 12 Premier League games against Southampton. They won both matches against the Saints last season and the last time the two sides met was in February, when Manchester United ended a famous 9-0 loss to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men.
This season, Southampton started their campaign with a 3-1 loss to Everton. They had taken the lead in the first half thanks to Adam Armstrong’s opener, but the Toffees rallied after the break with goals from Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin giving them a relatively easy victory.
Manchester United, meanwhile, have had an almost perfect start to the campaign. They faced Leeds at home and took the lead thanks to Bruno Fernandes with half an hour played. A nice strike from Luke Ayling leveled things off just after half-time, but United moved up a gear. Paul Pogba played Mason Greenwood to send United back before teaming up again with Fernandes to ensure the Portuguese pull off a hat-trick. Fred put the icing on the cake with 20 minutes left as Man Utd won 5-1.
Michael jonesAugust 22, 2021 12:50
The first team news
New signing Raphael Varane will be assessed after his transfer from Real Madrid ended last weekend. Questions remain as to his suitability for the game, but he could start on the bench.
Jadon Sancho made his debut against Leeds last weekend, as did Edinson Cavani, who is vying for a starting place, who returns after completing self-isolation protocols.
Sam McQueen and Will Smallbone are out for the Saints, but otherwise Southampton have a healthy squad to choose from.
Michael jones22 Aug 2021 12:45
Southampton welcomes Manchester United
welcome to The independentSouthampton live coverage welcomes Manchester United to St Mary’s in the Premier League this afternoon.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side got off to a perfect start last weekend as they aim to mount a title charge this season, beating Leeds 5-1 as Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba both produced de magnificent performances.
Southampton will likely struggle to stop that momentum, with Ralph Hasenhuttl losing three key players this summer to Danny Ings, Ryan Bertrand and Jannik Vestergaard, while the scars will persist after their 9-0 loss to United last season.
Michael jones22 Aug 2021 09:42