Friday, 22 September 2017

Manchester United vs Southampton squad news revealed

Manchester United will attempt to keep their unbeaten start to the Premier League season intact when they take on Southampton at St Mary's on Saturday. Jose Mourinho's side are second in the table after five games, though only because of alphabetical order, and they will have their sights set on reaching the summit again with a win over the Saints. Mauricio Pellegrini has guided his side to two wins and two draw in the opening five matches, with their only defeat occurring at home against Watford. Man Utd Team News Luke Shaw made his first appearance since a foot ligament injury on Wednesday but is unlikely to start against his former club. Curiously, the left-back's last appearance at St Mary's was in a Southampton shirt in 2014 as injuries have kept him out of United's three previous trips to the south coast since his transfer between the two clubs. Paul Pogba is an absentee once more due to his hamstring injury, with no date yet set for his return. The midfielder is joined on the sidelines by young defender Axel Tuanzebe, who has been struggling with a back problem in recent weeks. Marcos Rojo is due out until the end of the year with an ACL knee injury, although he is now back in light training alongside the first team so could step up his rehabilitation in the coming weeks, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic has yet to rejoin the United squad as he makes his way back from similar ACL damage. Southampton Team News Southampton have been thoroughly inconsistent so far in 2017-18, with Mauricio Pellegrino's arrival at the club having so far failed to draw a run of positive results out of the Saints. Their inability to beat Swansea on opening display despite dominating was a huge setback and although they have since beaten West Ham and Crystal Palace, a 2-0 home defeat to Watford and a scoreless draw at Huddersfield have undermined their progress. The home loss to Championship side Wolves in the second round of the Carabao Cup did little to boost confidence among the fanbase either. Last season's revelation in attack Manolo Gabbiadini has yet to really get going in front of goal, and goals from other source have been similarly scarce. The good news at least is that they are not shipping many at the back, with Fraser Forster recording three clean sheets in five games so far. Their defensive achievements have come against the backdrop of the absence of skipper Virgil van Dijk following the saga that was his non-transfer over the summer. MATCH FACT Manchester United have won 14 of a possible 18 points in their last six Premier League visits to St Mary’s Stadium (W4 D2 L0). Southampton have failed to score in eight of their last 10 Premier League matches at St Mary’s Stadium. Manchester United have scored more Premier League goals in the 80th minute or later in games (9) than 17 of the 19 other clubs have scored overall in the competition this season. Eight different players have found the net in the Premier League for Manchester United in their opening five games this season; more than any other side. At this stage last season, they only had four different goalscorers. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku have combined for three goals in the Premier League this season (providing assists for goals) – no other partnership has been as profitable in 2017-18 so far.

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