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Man Utd team news and predicted XI vs Southampton

By Jonathan Davies

Published: 13:23, 24 August 2022

Manchester United look to record consecutive Premier League wins when they face Southampton on Saturday (12.30pm BST).

The Red Devils had endured a nightmare start to life under Erik ten Hag after going down against Brighton and Brentford, but responded in brilliant fashion with a hugely creditable 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Monday.

As for Southampton, they have been the comeback kings in recent weeks. Recovering from 2-0 down to salvage a point against Leeds United, before overturning a 1-0 deficit to beat Leicester City 2-1 last weekend.

Man Utd team news & predicted XI

Ten Hag is unlikely to want to change too much following a vastly improved performance against Liverpool, although new signing Casemiro could be handed his debut in midfield.

The Brazil international completed his £70million move from Real Madrid earlier this week, and will certainly bolster United’s options in the middle of the park.

Widely regarded as one of the best operators in his position across the globe, Casemiro won five Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles during a trophy-laden stint with Los Blancos.

And Ten Hag explained the reasons for pursuing and eventually securing the services of the 30-year-old.

“He has won so many trophies, so he knows the road – how you win games, and win trophies,” he said.

“We have more players who have won already many trophies, so that has to be a guidance for the rest of the team.

“He is the cement between the stones. That is what we have been looking for in the summer, and found him.”

Marcus Rashford is likely to remain the focal point of attack after his goal on Monday, so Cristiano Ronaldo could remain on the bench alongside club captain Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw.

Meanwhile, Victor Lindelof remains a long-term absentee for Ten Hag.

  • De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; Casemiro, Eriksen; Sancho, Fernandes, Martial; Rashford. 

Southampton team news & predicted XI

Ralph Hassenhuttl made several changes for the midweek EFL Cup victory at Cambridge, but he is likely to revert to a similar side that started the victory over Leicester.

Although, Che Adams is likely to lead the line after his two goals from the bench at the King Power Stadium; the Scotland international becoming the first Southampton substitute to bag a brace since Sadio Mane in 2016.

Otherwise, the Saints have no fresh injury concerns, though Valentino Livramento remains a long-term absentee.

  • Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Bella-Kotchap, Salisu, Djenepo; Ward-Prowse, Lavia; Aribo, Elyounoussi, Armstrong; Adams.

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