Rooney to lead United for another victory

Last updated: January 22, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Old Trafford
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WDWWD
Away form: WWLLL
Last season: 0-1
Competition: The Premier League

Manchester United have recently been in a good form. The Red Devils recorded a defeat since 26th December 2015 when they lost 0-2 to Stoke at The Britannia Stadium. United won 3 of their last 5 games (all competitions). In addition, Wayne Ronney has scored 5 goals in the Red Devils last 4 matches. He found the net in the 78th minute against Liverpool at Anfield in the last Premier League round and secured the three points for his team.

The Saints finally started winning again. Southampton won their last 2 Premiership matches (2-0 vs. Watford and 3-0 vs. West Bromwich). They are lying in the 10th place in the standings and are 7 points down from Manchester United. Ward-Prowse is in a very good form. 21-year-old midfielder scored twice against West Bromwich in the last Saints’ match.

Southampton usually play very poor at Old Trafford. The Saints have recorded only 4 victories of 38 visits to Manchester United. The Red Devils have won 26 games. There have also been 8 draws. On the other hand, Southampton won 1-0 their last visit to Old Trafford.

Team News

Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has a hamstring problem. Forster is expected to replace him for Southampton.

Gaston Ramirez and Florin Gardos are the other injured players in Ronald Koeman’s squad. The Romanian defender is expected to return in February.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is suffering from a knee injury. The German midfielder has appeared on 17 occasions in The Premier League. He has also scored one goal.

Michael Carrick and Phil Jones are also injured for Manchester United. Jones is suffering from an ankle injury. He has taken part in 10 games this season.

Quotes of the week

louis van gaal Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) : “We can do it because we show every week we can do it.”

ronald koeman is not pleased Ronald Koeman (Southampton) : “I hope Austin will bring goals, that’s why he was our target for this transfer window.”

Expected line-ups:

Man United (4-4-2): De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Borthwick-Jackson, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Mata, Martial, Rooney.
Subs Romero, Pereira, McNair, Young, Herrera, Memphis, Lingard.
Injured: Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Powell.
Not available:
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Forster, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Soares, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Clasie, Tadic, Mane, Long.
Subs Martina, Gazzaniga, Austin, Oriol Romeu, Pelle, Wanyama, Yoshida.
Injured: Ramirez, Gardos, Stekelenburg.
Not available:

So far this season

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Manchester United this season Southampton this season
5 League Position 10
5 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 6 (2)
3-0 vs. Everton and Sunderland Biggest win 4-0 vs. Arsenal
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (4)
1 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 4 (4)
0-3 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Everton
Rooney (6) Top scorer Pelle (6)
Mata (3) Assist Leader Mane (6)
Y38, R0 Discipline Y35, R3
7 Failures to score 7
11 Clean Sheets 8
9 Both Teams to Score Games 9
11 Over 2.5 Games 11
11 Under 2.5 Games 11
  • Manchester United are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 home Premier League matches. They have won 5 of these matches.
  • Southampton have lost their last 4 matches away from The St. Mary’s Stadium in The Premier League. The Saints have won only 2 away games this season.
  • The Red Devils won 3-2 the last match between these two teams. Anthony Martial scored twice and Juan Mata added 1 goal for the success.
  • The Saints have won only 3 games against Manchester United in the last 20 matches between the sides. Southampton won vs. United for the last time a year ago.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
20/09/15 The Premier League Southampton 2-3 Man United G. Pellè 13′
11/01/15 The Premier League Man United 0-1 Southampton D. Tadić 69′
08/12/14 The Premier League Southampton 1-2 Man United R. van Persie 12′
11/05/14 The Premier League Southampton 1-1 Man United R. Lambert 28′
19/10/13 The Premier League Man United 1-1 Southampton R. van Persie 26′