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Premier League Matchweek 10 preview: Southampton vs. Manchester United (Sun 15:00h. CET; 14:00h. GMT) - Team news, lineups

Manchester United will be looking to keep their winning run going when they take on in-form Southamptonin Sunday's Premier League clash.

The Red Devils travel to St Mary's on a three-game winning streak in all competitions, but they face a tough test against a Southampton side unbeaten in seven.

Fifth-placed Southampton enter this match sitting four points above United, albeit having played a game more than their opponents.

Not for the first time during his up-and-down tenure, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit a good run of form just when it looked like his time at the club may well be up.

Solskjaer reportedly had one game to save his job on the back of defeats to Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir earlier this month. United have since won three from three.

Tuesday's emphatic 4-1 victory over Basaksehir ensures that, while not officially there yet, the Red Devils are in a very strong position to reach the Champions League last 16.

In the league, meanwhile, they have defeated Everton and West Bromwich Albion in their last two outings to climb into the top half on goal difference.

United were somewhat fortunate to see off a struggling West Brom side last weekend, though, requiring a retaken Bruno Fernandes penalty to get them over the line.

In fact, record 20-time English champions United have only twice won four straight away games at the start of a league season - in 1913-14 and 1985-86.

Southampton are the side tasked with halting that run, and they too will be confident of coming away from this fixture with maximum points.

The Saints have won their last three home league matches by the same 2-0 scoreline and could win four in a row at St Mary's for the first time since May 2016.

Ralph Hasenhuttl has rightly earned plenty of praise for his work on the South Coast, with Southampton recently topping the table for the first time in 32 years.

Last week's 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers saw them slip down to fifth, but this match presents another opportunity to show just how far they have come under the Austrian.

Southampton Premier League form: WDWWWD

Manchester United Premier League form: LWDLWW
Manchester United form (all competitions): WLLWWW

Team News

Man United defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof picked up knocks in midweek and will be assessed, while Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are also nursing injuries.

Solskjaer has a big call to make up top given Anthony Martial's lack of form through the middle, which could see Edinson Cavani leading the line after his start against Basaksehir.

Paul Pogba is still struggling for fitness, leaving Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Donny van de Beek to battle it out for the two holding-midfield berths.

As for Southampton, Nathan Redmond has been ruled out because of a troublesome injury that has restricted him to three league starts all season.

Ryan Bertrand and James Ward-Prowse recovered from injuries to start against Wolves on Monday and should be involved from the start here.

There is still no Danny Ings for the Saints, but Theo Walcott is back among the goals and is looking to score his fourth career goal against United, each at a different ground.

Southampton possible starting lineup:
McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo; Adams, Walcott

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani

Source: Sports Mole / Daniel Lewis

 

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