The Saints will have a very difficult task in the upcoming match. They welcome the Red Devils, who are in a big rush after winning 4-0 against Everton in the last preparatory match and 5-1 against Leeds in the first round of the Premier League. A hat-trick marked that match by Bruno Fernandes and the phenomenal Paul Pogba, who had recorded 4 assists for the first time in his career.
United was more successful in mutual duels both times last season, and what Southampton fans are definitely trying to erase from their memory is the second match at Old Trafford in which the home team won with a record score of 9-0.
What can also upset the Saints fans is that quite unexpectedly, before the start of the season, they lost their best player and scorer Danny Ings, who moved to Aston Villa in a transfer worth 35 million euros. He was replaced by the young Adam Armstrong from Blackburn, who immediately scored his first goal in the 3-1 defeat by Everton.
United was the only team in the league last season without a defeat on the away field, and I believe they will continue in that rhythm.
Southampton Team News
The big hole in Southampton’s defence appeared with the departure of Jannik Westergaard, who reinforced Leicester City. In the last round against Everton, they conceded as many as 3 goals in the second half, clearly indicating that they urgently need reinforcements in the defensive line. In as many as the last 10 matches in the PL, they have failed to save their net.
Manchester United Team News
United seems to have the widest and most perspective roster in 10 years. The most notable reinforcements are young Jadon Sancho, who came for 85m euros from Borrusia Dortmund, and Raphael Varane, a 4-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid. United finished the season unbeaten away last season (12 wins and 7 draws), and only their city rival City scored more points than them.