Erik ten Hag’s side put their 7-0 defeat to Liverpool firmly behind them with a 4-1 win over Real Betis on Thursday, to almost guarantee a place in the Europa League quarter-finals. A result which saw them extend their unbeaten run at Old Trafford to 21 games, in an incredible period that has seen them win 19 of those matches.
The thumping they received at Anfield was a shock to everyone, with the seven goals conceded in that defeat just one fewer than they shipped in their 10 previous league games combined (8). Southampton however, give them the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways, as the Saints are winless in their last 14 games against the Red Devils (D7 L7).
The Saints have won two of their three Premier League games under Ruben Selles (L1), as many as they had in their previous 17 under Ralph Hasenhüttl and Nathan Jones (D2 L13) and are the only team to have won more than half of their Premier League points in away games so far this season, with 12 of their 21 points coming on the road (57%).
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Manchester United vs Southampton: Match Stats
Marcus Rashford will be looking to become just the third player to score in eight consecutive Premier League games at Old Trafford after Wayne Rooney (8 between December 2009-March 2010) and Cristiano Ronaldo (10 between March-November 2008) with a goal against Southampton. The Englishman has been in red hot form since he returned from the World Cup, finding the back of the net 18 times in 22 games across all competitions and two goals here will see him equal the record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bruno Fernandes for the most goals in a season for Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club (28).
Manchester United have scored 2+ goals in each of their last 15 games at Old Trafford, finding the back of the net 43 times in total. This is the first time they have managed this feat in 23 years and will be hoping to extend that run against a Southampton team that have conceded the fourth most goals in the Premier League this term (41).
Manchester United vs Southampton: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Southampton