Southampton vs Manchester United appears to be a one-sided clash at St Mary’s on Sunday (start time 9am ET on Peacock Premium) because the Saints and the Red Devils are in very different places right now.
For Ralph Hasenhuttl and Southampton it was a summer of big change as Danny Ings, Ryan Bertrand and Jannik Vestergaard all left, along with Adam Armstrong, Romain Perraud, Tino Livramento and Armando Broja. After losing to Everton on the opening weekend, and their poor result last season, Southampton need a performance to lift their spirits as many believe their young, new-look side will struggle this season.
Manchester United are heading in a very different direction and will be full of confidence after hammering Leeds United 5-1 on the opening weekend. With Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba on the rise, as well as new signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane set to feature, it will be difficult for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to select a squad for the day, let alone a starting line-up. This season is all about two things: winning trophies and seriously fighting for the Premier League title. Let’s see if United can take the next step.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Southampton v Manchester United.
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Southampton team news, injuries
Southampton have signed academy product Sam McQueen on a short-term contract to prove his fitness after long injury struggles, while Will Smallbone is closing in on a return from his ACL injury. James Ward-Prowse, Southampton captain and academy product, signed a new long-term contract ahead of this game and will remain at the club where he has been since the age of eight despite strong interest in him this summer.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 22, 2021
Manchester United team news, injuries
Manchester United are without Marcus Rashford for the next few months after undergoing shoulder surgery. Raphael Varane, Edinson Cavani and Eric Bailly could all return, with the former finally completing his transfer from Real Madrid and the latter having periods of self-isolation after returning to the country in recent weeks. Alex Telles is out with a serious ankle injury, while Dean Henderson continues to be affected by COVID-19 and Phil Jones is on his way back to full fitness.
Day off ready 👊
–Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 22, 2021
Of odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Southampton are the huge underdog at +425, while Manchester United are -167 to win. The draw is +300.
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It’s really hard to pick anything other than a big Manchester United win. Given their attacking skills, they should get past a shaky Southampton defence. That said, the Saints have given United some problems (apart from the 9-0) in recent encounters. Southampton 1-3 Manchester United.
How to watch Southampton vs Manchester United, live stream and start time
Kick-off: 9 a.m. ET, Sunday
TV Channel: Peacock Premium
In line: Stream via Peacock Premium