The next challenge for the Red Devils will be away to Southampton on Saturday. Fresh off a late victory against the Young Boys in the Champions League, Manchester United will next look to better their Premier League standing.
At the moment, the Saints too are placed in an unhappy position with the 18th spot, a point away from safety. As of such, both sides are apt to give the game their all. Let us have a look at how they’ll lineup for the encounter.
Manager Mark Hughes admitted that Danny Ings won’t be available for the game, while Ryan Bertrand’s fitness remains in doubt. Apart from the duo, Sam Gallagher and Shane Long remain sidelined due to injury woes of their own.
The manner in which the relegation zone has been housing them won’t make the encounter a particularly comfortable one for the Saints, who have not tasted victory in their last 11 games in all competitions. The pressure will certainly be on, and a weakened side doesn’t help matters.
Defenders: Soares, Yoshida, Hoedt, Targett
Midfielders: Hojbjerg, Lemina
Forwards: Gabbiadini, Armstrong, Redmond; Austin
In terms of injury, Jose Mourinho has the fresh woes of Alexis Sanchez, who will miss up to six weeks with a hamstring injury, ruling him out of some crucial fixtures. This ought to secure more game-time for Anthony Martial, whose scoring streak was halted during the 0-0 draw to Crystal Palace.
Apart from the Chilean, United will be without Victor Lindelof as well, while Luke Shaw will return to action, having served out his ban against the Eagles, and Diogo Dalot is likely to make his Premier League debut.
Lukaku may be benched yet again for the fixture, extending his drought even more, while Fellaini is all but assured to be given a starting spot after his late heroics during the UCL fixture.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Dalot, Smalling, Jones, Shaw
Midfielders: Fellaini, Matic, Pogba
Forwards: Mata, Rashford, Martial