Suffering a last-gasp shock 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford last weekend and now managing to win just one of their opening three top-flight contests, Manchester United will travel to St. Mary’s on Saturday lunchtime in desperate need of an immediate response.
Although the former Premier League champions opted to spend big over the summer and bring in the likes of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, they have already dropped points against the Eagles and Wolves.
On the flip side, while United might be coming off the back of their first defeat at the start of the 2019/2020 campaign, Southampton got off the mark with a 2-0 win away at Brighton last weekend and are searching for a route out of the drop zone.
With the two sides playing out a 2-2 draw the last time they met on the South Coast and sharing nine goals between them in their last two contests, you will be interested to know that a similar result of over 2.5 goals can be found at 10/11 with Bet365.
Saints hit with a huge injury blow
Despite landing a 1-0 win away at Fulham in midweek and also securing their spot in the third round of this year’s EFL Cup, Head Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl would have been devastated to see attacking talisman Nathan Redmond leave West London in some distress.
“It was a shocking moment when he was lying on the ground on the floor, the good thing is the ankle is not swollen but the bad thing is he is in pain.”
Sadly for the former RB Leipzig boss, Redmond is not the only Southampton star he will be unable to call upon at St. Mary’s this weekend.
Still suffering with an ankle injury, full-back Ryan Bertrand is also unavailable for selection on Saturday.
On the flip side, fans on the South Coast will be glad to see that Danny Ings has continued to make an impact since making his move a permanent one over the summer.
The 27-year-old has been directly involved in three goals in his last four Premier League games (1 goal, 2 assists), more than he had in his previous 11 in the competition (2).
With Saturday’s guests still struggling some glaring defensive issues, you will be interested to know that the former Liverpool striker is pencilled in at 12/5 with Bet365 to find the net this weekend.
Solskjaer’s own injury headache
Although the mood in Manchester United’s camp would have been on a high after their opening weekend 4-0 romp over Chelsea, Head Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his side come crashing back down to earth last weekend.
With Patrick van Aanholt snatching an injury-time winner, the Red Devils slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Palace and their top-four odds appear to have taken a dent.
United can currently be found at 6/4 with William Hill to secure a Champions League return come May.
Despite seeing their unbeaten top-flight record against Palace come to an abrupt end last weekend, many around Old Trafford will be glad to see Daniel James has hit the ground running following his move from Swansea over the summer.
Although the Wales international has been booked in his last two consecutive appearances for simulation, the pacey winger now has two in his last two and can be found at 16/5 with Ladbrokes to make it a trio of strikes this weekend.
Elsewhere, while James’ goalscoring start might be impressing the Norwegian icon, Solskjaer has been hit with a pair of injury blows ahead of their trip to St. Mary’s.
Along with Anthony Martial unlikely to feature due to a thigh injury, the former Premier League champions will also be without #1 left-back, Luke Shaw.
With the England international ruled out for up to five weeks because of a hamstring injury and the versatile Diogo Dalot also out, Ashley Young could be recalled to United’s starting XI.