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Things are looking a little bit better for the Red Devils after three wins on the bounce, with their latest triumph over Istanbul Basaksehir leaving them in control of their Champions League group ahead of PSG.
However, United never seem to be more than one game away from disaster these days and are still languishing down in 10th place domestically, while they’re sure to be given a tough examination when visiting the Saints.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men head into this fixture with five wins from seven unbeaten games, earning stalemates in trips to Chelsea and Wolves, as their standout victory was garnered over an impressive Everton side.
They’ve managed to find the net at least twice in five of the last six, which should be of major concern to United given as many as 14 teams have conceded fewer goals per game than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s charges this term.
Southampton +0.5 Asian Handicap
That leaves the Saints looking attractive on the Asian handicap, especially having taken a point off Man Utd in four of their last five meetings as their sole defeat came at Old Trafford.
There must be a note of caution however, with star striker Danny Ings still sidelined following knee surgery and fellow attacker Nathan Redmond a major doubt.
Although the latter is yet to register a single goal or assist this term, having started just a third of their games so far, Ings has already bagged five strikes and a pair of assists to boot.
Despite the absence of their main man, Southampton did manage to net twice against Newcastle and also registered on the board when visiting a defensively strong Wolves in their last two outings.
They’ll still represent a threat going forwards with Che Adams stepping up in his second season at the club, The Walcott scoring on his return to the south coast and set-piece specialist James Ward-Prowse on deliveries.
Both Teams To Score
Both teams have in fact scored in all four head to heads over the past two campaigns and we’re inclined to back that here, especially with United facing one or two problems at the back.
Luke Shaw is absent with a hamstring injury, while fellow defenders Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are minor doubts with back and ankle complaints respectively, and Solskjaer may be mindful of their clash with PSG next week.
The Norwegian will probably eschew the chance to fit Paul Pogba back into the team should he recover from his own ankle problem.
United have largely done better without him and it was the same story last term, with Solskjaer favouring a midfield trio featuring Bruno Fernandes and two from three of Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred.
Still, we’re encouraged to get behind the hosts, particularly given they’ve had the week off while United have one or two selection problems.
The Red Devils have been good on their travels this term, but they’ve been prone to the odd poor result following a European high under current management and a Saints’ side full of confidence are nicely poised to take advantage.