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Manchester United vs Southampton Match Preview
Manchester United will look to find a way past their ‘December stumble’ when they host an out-of-form Southampton side in the fixtures leading up to the new year. This Manchester United vs Southampton Premier League fixture will be played at the Old Trafford Stadium on Friday, December 30, so check our match preview, betting tips and predictions for this game.
At the start of this month, Manchester United were the only side that looked capable (rather, practical) of stopping the title charge of Manchester City. But, after a poor December month that saw them lose at home to City (1-2) and drop points against Leicester City (2-2) and Burnley (2-2), there seems to be an air of disappointment around Old Trafford. Throw in the disappointing League Cup crash at the hands of Bristol City, and there is a reason for the fans to feel distraught. The Red Devils are still second in the table after 20 games (43pts, W13, D4, L3), but are only one point ahead of Chelsea. With the top-position almost out of reach – Manchester City are 15 points ahead – it looks to be a race for the second that is driving United, at this point of time. Can they reclaim their mojo in this Manchester United vs Southampton fixture?
The advantage for United is the fact that their visitors find themselves mired in the mid-table struggle. In fact, after 20 games Southampton are closer to the drop zone than the top-half. They are 14th in the table (19pts, W4, D7, L9) with only two points separating them from the bottom three. The wretched recent form is a concern for the Saints, who have no wins in their last seven Premier League encounters (D3, L4). The 5-2 drubbing they received at Wembley on the Boxing Day must have dampened the spirits further, as the Saints look to wriggle themselves out of this difficult period. A struggling United is a good place to be in, as we speak, but can the visitors lift their spirits in time for this Manchester United vs Southampton clash?
Manchester United vs Southampton H2H
This is a fixture that the hosts have dominated with a record of W64, D30, L28 putting them in the driving seat. However, the last seven fixtures (W4, D1, L2) have seen United win only once by more than a single goal.
Manchester United vs Southampton Team News
Manchester United will be without Marcos Rojo (suspended after five yellow cards), Chris Smalling, and Antonio Valencia, both injured. There are doubts over the availability of Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian, as well.
Southampton will be without Cedric Soares, Ryan Bertrand, and Charlie Austin – all injured ahead of this clash.
Manchester United vs Southampton Probable Line-ups
Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Rashford, Ibrahimovic.
Southampton: Forster, Pied, Yoshida, Hoedt, Targett, Romeu, Lemina, Boufal, Davis, Tadic, Gabbiadini.
Manchester United vs Southampton Predictions
Both teams are struggling for results and it would be a great surprise if the hosts find an easy win. The lack of confidence is a worry for Jose Mourinho, who will be eager for a quick turnaround. We are expecting a dogged affair with a struggle for goals. Do not be surprised if Southampton bag at least a point!