Monday night’s big Premier League clash sees Manchester United make the long journey down to the south coast to face Southampton with one of these two teams sitting in 3rd place after the match.
I’m a little worried for Manchester United in this match as although they have won their last 4 games they haven’t really set the EPL alight. They scraped 2 wins against Crystal Palace and Stoke by a 1 goal margin, got away with murder against Arsenal by somehow winning 2-1 and their ‘easy’ win against Hull was largely because their opponents didn’t turn up. They have also been heavily reliant on goalkeeper David De Gea as without him I believe they would have lost to Arsenal and probably drawn against Stoke.
They also have plenty of players missing still, most importantly Angel Di Maria who is still recovering from a hamstring injury. The positive news is Wayne Rooney will return after missing the win over Stoke.
Their away record this season is poor (1-3-2) and their lucky win over Arsenal is their only league away win this season. I still feel United are someway off their best and considering how they have played this season I feel the league table is being generous at the moment.
Southampton, as we know, have made a great start to the season for their standards but are coming into this match on the back of 2 defeats against Man City and Arsenal. Their 3-0 loss to City was undeserved considering how the match played out and Southampton could have easily scored 1 or 2 goals as they looked dangerous going forward. City’s last 2 goals came at the end of the match from Southampton pushing for an equalizer. Their loss against Arsenal only came in the dying minutes of the match. They competed well up until then.
I feel Southampton will do everything they can to avoid 3 consecutive defeats and they have the players to hurt the United defence like Pelle (6 goals) and regular sub Shane Long who always reminds me of one of those flies that fly around your head and will not go away! Schneiderlin will be missing but the impressive Tadic should be in the side looking to continue his good form and hurt the opposition defence.
I think Southampton should be favourites here and with the home fans fully behind them they will be tough to beat. United will need to play very well and take their chances if they are to win.
To summarize, I don’t think Man Utd will win.