Southampton vs Manchester United: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Manchester United will look to consolidate their early position atop the Premier League table when they travel to Southampton on Sunday at 2pm.
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Manchester United threw down the gauntlet in their opening Premier League game at the weekend, once against thrashing Roses rivals Leeds United by a four-goal margin at Old Trafford, which has seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men take an early lead at the top of the table.
That triumph came despite Jadon Sancho featuring right at the end, Raphael Varane yet to make his debut, and Marcus Rashford still out of action after going under the knife, so the tantalising prospect of a full-strength XI at some point this campaign will have Man Utd fans purring at the possibility.
After that six-goal thriller in front of a packed Old Trafford audience, the Red Devils travel south, renewing their acquaintance with Southampton, whom they famously struck nine past the last time they met in February, equalling the Premier League record for biggest triumph.
Ralph Hasenuttl already faces an uphill struggle this season having lost Danny Ings and Jannik Vestergaard, but he will be hoping new signings Adam Armstrong and Romain Perraud can revitalise Southampton’s attack and rearguard respectively, and what better way to do that than against the current table-toppers?
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Southampton vs Manchester United: Match Stats
If football were played out on spreadsheets and not grass, this would be an easy win for Man Utd; they enter this contest unbeaten on the road in their last 26 Premier League matches, while Southampton have not won at Saint Mary’s against the 13-time champions since August 2003.
One player who will be looking to inflict further damage from his opening weekend exploits is Paul Pogba. The Frenchman was the creative fulcrum against Leeds, becoming the first Man Utd player ever to register four assists in a single Premier League game. Expect more midfielder mastery from a man in form.
02 Feb 2021 – Man Utd 9-0 Southampton – Premier League
29 Nov 2020 – Southampton 2-3 Man Utd – Premier League
13 Jul 2020 – Man Utd 2-2 Southampton – Premier League
31 Aug 2019 – Southampton 1-1 Man Utd – Premier League
02 Mar 2019 – Man Utd 3-2 Southampton – Premier League
That 9-0 thrashing equalled the Premier League record for biggest victory in the history of the competition. Incredibly, the two other games to feature that scoreline since the Premier League’s inception involved both clubs. Man Utd beat Ipswich Town 9-0 in March 1995 and, of course, Southampton were put to the sword 9-0 by Leicester City in October 2019.