Predictions: Southampton vs Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

With Manchester United travelling to St Mary’s to take on Southampton on Sunday, you can be sure both sets of players’ and fans’ thoughts will on the well-being of Luke Shaw.

The defender only turned 20 a couple of months ago and has been one of the outstanding players in the first handful of games in the Premier League. To suffer a double leg fracture on his Champions League debut proper is a real sickener for the former Southampton man. He will be missed.

Marcos Rojo will more than likely into the side in his stead, with the United defence up against a Saints forward line that have been pretty hit-and-miss of late.

Ronald Koeman’s men have failed to score in three of their opening five fixtures and have won just one so far, with Southampton struggling to regain the form that saw them surprise the whole of the Premier League last term. However, three clean sheets in their last four will give them some encouragement, especially with United not too sharp up top themselves.

Louis van Gaal has often been criticised for his dictatorial attitude, but the Dutchman has always delivered against the rival teams United fans love to see their side beating. The victory against Liverpool felt all more special, with new signing 19-year-old teenager Anthony Martial scoring on his debut in a breathtaking manner.

Will United secure another memorable win or will we be cursing our luck come Sunday evening?

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The win over Liverpool last weekend saw van Gaal’s side hit more than one goal for the first time this season, but it could be a tight one on Sunday. A draw will please a whole load of football fans though, some even United orientated. If they’re playing The Football Pools, that is.

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If you reckon van Gaal’s still got some attacking tweaking to do over the next few months, it might be an idea to pick United v Southampton for your Football Pools this weekend, and make a score draw your fall-back. Just make sure you buy the pints if you win.

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