St Mary's Stadium
Sun, Sep 20th 2015
After the defeat and the horrific injury to Luke Shaw on our return to Champions League football, this is already a week most of us would rather put behind us but it ends with a trip to Southampton who have always provided us with a stern test – even before they got pretty good and we started to become pretty rubbish.
Indeed, they beat us 1-0 at Old Trafford at the very start of this year.
Overall, though, we do tend to come away from St Mary’s with a point or three (2003 was the last time they beat us here in the League).
LvG has a few decisions to make for this one, though.
Our defence has started to look much improved on recent seasons but Blind remains unconvincing for me in central defence and the loss of Shaw (who started the season brilliantly) is a tough one to take. Rojo came on in midweek to replace Shaw and looks to be the obvious choice to resume this afternoon but he’s another who doesn’t come close to ticking all the boxes.
Midfield is starting to look a bit more like it when we remember that the goal we want to approach is the opponent’s, not our own.
Attack remains a little threadbare although Rooney looks set to return following the minor injury which has kept him sidelined for our last two matches.
One thing that is exciting, however, is the Martial/Memphis duo. They’ve only just started to play alongside each other but I see big things ahead for these two.
Against PSV in midweek there was even a moment of movement an interplay between the two that took me right back to the days of the telepathic duo – Cole and Yorke.
As for today, I expect Southampton to get at us. With our team in some disarray it would appear to be as good a time as any to be playing Manchester United.
What we will be looking for is that habit of bouncing back from disappointments which has served us so well in the past.
The Red Devil's Match Prediction
The bet is 4 points UNDER 2.5 goals @ 1.61 with Bet365.