Manchester United vs Southampton: Predicted XI

Manchester United vs Southampton: Predicted XI

Manchester United take on high-flying Southampton at St Mary’s tomorrow afternoon in what will be a challenging encounter. Southampton currently sit 11th in the table with 6pts, behind United who are placed 3rd with 10pts.

The game will see a return for Morgan Schneiderlin against his former club, with the now Manchester United midfielder spending 8 years with the Saints.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman had this to say on Morgan Schneiderlin’s return to the club: “I hope the reaction to him is a positive one. He did everything for the club, he had a great time in Southampton, he was ready for the next step.”

“We had a very good relationship after the difficult summer that we had at the club, his reaction was fantastic, he had a big part in a big season last year and it’s best for him and for the player, that’s the important thing.
“He’s now a player for Manchester United and I wish him the best, but not on Sunday.”

However, there will be no return to St Mary’s for defender Luke Shaw who suffered a double leg fracture against PSV this week. The United boss gave an update on Shaw:

“I called him last night. He sounds very strong which is amazing to me, a big surprise, but a good signal.”

“But he knows also that it is a long way to go and it is not easy.”

“It is a big loss for us, also for the team. I said in advance already it will be the season of Luke Shaw and now it’s finished nearly.”

“He started so well, we built up a left wing with Memphis Depay and Shaw, but we have to start filling it again and it is not easy. But we have to do it.”

The Saints have lost 22 Premier League matches against Manchester United, more than they have against any other opponent. However, United have not kept a clean sheet in any of the last seven league meetings.

[Quotes via BBC Sport]

Here’s how we expect United to line-up against Southampton:

De Gea

Darmian – Smalling – Blind – Rojo

Schweinsteiger – Carrick

Young – Mata – Memphis