Our live stream ahead of Sunday afternoon’s Premier League match Southampton v Man Utd is now up, kicking off at 2:00pm.
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more
In each side’s previous game, Theo Walcott scored his first Southampton goal in more than 5,000 days but substitute Pedro Neto’s equaliser earned Wolves a point at Molineux to move hosts above Arsenal and Manchester United into ninth place in the Premier League table.
Manchester United moved to within a point of qualifying for the Champions League last 16 with 4-1 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir; Bruno Fernandes (2) and Marcus Rashford put hosts into 3-0 lead at half-time; Dan James added late fourth after Deniz Turuc free-kick.
Ole said: “A difficult one. Over last 30, 40 game block they are one of the top teams. Made great improvements so we know how difficult it will be. Drew twice with them last season.”
Fixture schedule helping smaller sides?
“I think this season is going to be unpredictable one. We want to be in Champions League, so a situation happy to be in.”
“Scott and Paul they didn’t train this morning, not on the grass. Very unlikely for the weekend. Marcus, Victor, Aaron should be okay but not 100%. Luke has started rehab on the grass, not with the squad.”
Van de Beek and Cavani update
“We played on Tuesday then we don’t have game until Sunday so it is strange for us, even gave boys one day off! Both available to play.”
Solskjaer pleased by gradual return of fans
“I think so, very pleased we are making progress letting fans in gradually.
“We can’t wait to see our own fans at Old Trafford.”
Four wins in a row?
“Of course we want the run to continue but we know how well Southampton have done in the last year or so. We have good away record and we are up there since turn of January. We have been pushing up the table, and we are getting that consistency. It is a nice challenge and a good test for us to see if we have learnt our lessons.”
Expecting a busy January window?
“Hard to predict the financial situation of other teams. I don’t predict a lot of ins and outs, the football world has changed. Depends on injury situations etc. I am very happy with my squad, we are getting stronger. I feel I am in a good position.”
United’s fluid forward line
” Of course, the game against Istanbul we had the spaces which we thought could suit the opposition. The game suited Marcus and Anthony, Mason can develop into one of the top No.9 in world football. Edinson has come in and showed a different way of playing. They are all capable of playing in all those positions.”
The threat of facing Southampton
“It is similar to when Jurgen came to Liverpool. Likes pressing, front foot, aggressive. Difficult to play against if you dwell on the ball. Very interesting to watch their progress under Ralph. I an a big admirer of the physical attributes they have in their team.”
Hasenhuttl on his side’s development: “Especially our game in possession now shows some habits and some patterns that we haven’t shown in the past, and I think this is something that the players really enjoy.
“It’s always nice to have the ball and play with the ball, rather than only running and hunting to get it back, so this is maybe the biggest change at the moment in our game, although there we still have massive things to improve.
“But I think we are not only a pressing team anymore. This is the message in the moment, we are also with the ball a team that can cause you some problems.”
Hasenhüttl explained there was some risk involved in making that change, but the players repaid his faith in them by adapting swiftly to the new demands.
“I was hoping it would go that quick and I’m very happy that it didn’t take longer because you don’t have the time to make a lot of mistakes and still get good results, so it was a risky change of our game, but I think in the moment we feel comfortable and this is amazing to see how quickly players are learning what we wanted to see, and it’s a never-ending story hopefully that we can get better and better,” he said.
What do Southampton need to do in order to be successful on Sunday?
“Simply do a perfect job,” said Hasenhüttl. “It sounds simple, but it’s difficult to do it, because they have a strong side and they are on a good run, especially in away games, where they have a good record.
“We know it is tough, we are the underdog, but we go in this game to be as competitive as possible and to be a strong opponent and let’s have a look at how many issues we can cause them and how much problems we can make for them and then we can hopefully take something.”
Southampton Premier League form: WDWWWD
Manchester United Premier League form: LWDLWW
Manchester United form (all competitions): WLLWWW
Southampton possible starting lineup:
McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo; Adams, Walcott
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani
Double Chance – Southampton/Draw – 4/5 with FanTeam
Southampton have had a fantastic start to the season after getting over back-to-back losses to open with. Even with star player Danny Ings out of action, the Saints have looked potent in attack thanks to Che Adams’ superb form.
Manchester United, on the other hand, have been a picture of inconsistency. This season has featured a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Spurs, a 5-0 Champions League win over high-flying RB Leipzig, and an unconvincing 1-0 win over West Brom and we’re not even December yet. Which United will show up at St Mary’s is anyone’s guess but if they’re not at their best Southampton have every chance of securing at least a point.
Mark Lawrenson’s prediction: Southampton 0-2 Man Utd
Right time to take a look at our Southampton v Man Utd live match stream as it happens with kick off at 2:00pm BST on Sunday…