Man Utd destroyed Southampton in February 9-0. A red card within 90 seconds doomed the Saints and United pounced.
It is probably not going to be 9-0 on Sunday, but United have a real opportunity to bag some goals against Southampton. Southampton look like they have continued their poor form that plagued them in the second half of last season.
Southampton jumped out to a great start last campaign, but ended up sputtering in the second half of the season and finished 15th on 43 points.
Like last season, Southampton opener was similar, good first half and a bad second half. Southampton jumped on Everton. New signing Adam Armstrong scored in his debut from Blackburn after Everton gave up the ball in a dangerous area.
Everton went on to score three goals in the second half. Disappointing for Southampton to lose 3-1 after going up in the first half. United should not worry if the Saints get a goal early. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer commented about what to expect from Southampton during his press conference.
“You know that game was a one off [9-0]. That’s a special game when you get a lad sent off in the first minute, so I don’t count that game at all. Always with Ralph’s teams you get high energy, high pressing, belief in themselves. And they give you a great challenge, like they did last season we were lucky to – well, not lucky, maybe lucky, maybe good – when we turned their two-goal lead into a 3-2 win for us with Edinson’s substitute appearance. We know every time we travel down there it’s a very, very difficult game.”
The Saints’ Squad
The Saints have a decent amount of talented players in their squad, they usually do and have consistently supplied the Premier League with great talents via their youth system as well as recruiting across Europe.
New signings Valentino Livramento and Armando Broja are two exciting young players from Chelsea. Romain Perraud comes from Brest in Ligue 1 and Adam Armstrong from Blackburn.
Those players will hope to mesh with solid veterans like James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu and Nathan Redmond. Theo Walcott has seen better days. Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo are two exciting attackers.
The club was hit with some key departures. Danny Ings joined Villa and both Jannik Vestergaard and Ryan Bertrand left for Leicester City. Big losses for Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Man Utd Team News
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United fans would hope to have Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho fully fit and ready on Sunday.
“You’ll see on Sunday. They’ve worked well anyway. They’ve had minutes. We’ve had a very good week ourselves. We’ll see who’s making the flight down to Southampton on Saturday,” said Solskjaer.
“Edinson’s always looked after himself. Of course, he’s lacking in team training, in football training but he’s been looking after himself and you can see that. He had different reasons as to why he was late, there were some personal reasons, but his body can tolerate a lot. It wasn’t that he needed those extra days physically, it was a different matter. He’s chomping at the bit, he’s ready to go and let’s see how much we can get out of him early on.”
Fantastic Away From Home
Man Utd were fantastic away from home last season. 12-7-0 on the road last season, no road losses is a great accomplishment, but with fans that dynamic of course changes.
“Definitely, it’ll be a big difference. I don’t know how many points but we won so many points from going one goal down but you can’t afford to do that with fans in the stadium when you’re away from home. Because the fans mean so much in the energy levels, that little bit of extra edge, maybe some nerves if you’re the away team. We have to start better, that’s a definite.”
Southampton lost eight matches at home last season and won eight. Decent, their problems came on the road, St. Mary’s is a good home ground and the fans should be up for the challenge of providing extra energy against United.