Manchester United welcomes Southampton at the 19th of august for their first home game of the season over at Old Trafford. This will be the first game for super star Paul Pogba after he received a delayed ban by UEFA just days before the team’s premiere game vs Bournemouth on the 13th, a double card suspension from Coppa Italia. Mourinho’s men got of to a nice start regardless of Pogba’s absence, defeating Bournemouth on the road with 3 – 1 with goals from Mata, Rooney and Ibrahimovic. Juan Mata who was probably in the starting XI due to Jesse Lingard’s injury has had rumors of Mourinho trading him to another team as the two didn’t get along when they were both in Chelsea. However with Mata’s strong start maybe the relationship between them have cooled off a little bit and we could see Juan Mata make the starting XI in yet another game.
Southampton on the other hand had a really weak start of the season as they didn’t manage to beat Watford at home even though the visitors got a red card. The team has switched around a lot of players and signing a new manager; Claude Puel. The Saints lost two of their best scorers in Sadio Mane and Graziano Pellè. The team managed to finish 6th in last year’s premier league season, however with the changes that the team has undergone their goal of “Competing in the champions league” is looking. Southampton did manage to finish their transfers at +40£ million, so there’s a added pot if the team manages to survive in the premier league untill next season.
Manchester United vs Southampton Head to Head:
Manchester United will be coming into this game with 2 victories, 2 draws and 1 lose at home aswell as 3 victories, 1 draw and 1 lose overall. Since the powerful additions of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, José Mourinho, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly were completed the team has won 3 and went 0 – 0 in Wayne Rooney’s legacy game. This is even without the world record transfer Paul Pogba which the team acquired for 105£ million, Pogba will be ready to play in this game and it’s very likely that he will be in the starting XI has now he has had time to practice with the team. This means that we finally get to see the Rooney-Pogba-Zlatan-Martial offensive force in action. Manchester United will be without Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Jesse Lingard and Will Keane who are all reported injured.
Southampton will be coming into this game with 3 victories and 2 draws overall aswell as 5 straight victories on the road. The Saints have managed to stay undefeated for 11 straight games, however that was a different Southampton. The team have had Claude Puel during the whole pre-season resulting in 4 victories and 1 draw. However their home game in the premiere was lack luster to say the least. Southampton will have no injured players for this fixture.
Bournemouth vs Manchester United 1 – 3 match report:
The home team had faced a lot of changes during this transfer window as they entered Vitality Arena and this was something that was showing throughout the game. Bournemouth looked unorganized and seemed to lack focus, however this is to be expected in the first few games. Manchester United on the other hand could capitalize on this as most of their core is the same and the players that they acquired during the transfer windows are big iconic players that are accustomed to changing enviroment and still performing at the highest level.
Juan Mata began the scoring late in the first half after a stellar performance from both teams. The reds came out with renewed strength and in typical Mourinho fashion they managed to find chances and both Rooney and Ibrahimovic scored in the second half to make it 0 – 3. The home team managed to sneak one back as Adam Smith scored quickly after Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Southampton vs Watford 1 – 1 match report:
Southampton welcomed Watford over at St’Marys Stadium for their premiere game of the season. Both teams have signed new coaches for this season, both of whom have no prior experience of the premiere league. It clearly showed that both teams had trouble keeping up with the new strategies that was imposed by both coaches, the visitors managed to take the lead in the first half though following an early goal by E. Capoue in the first 10 minutes of the game.
The match then looked like a stalemate untill Claude Puel’s big hope for the season Nathan Redmond managed to take advantage of the confusion in Watford’s defense. The Saints then looked to take the victory as Watson was booked for a red card for Watford. However with a lot to accomplish still the advantage wasn’t enough for Southampton and the game ended 1 – 1.
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The viking’s prediction for this game is a goal heavy victory for Manchester United. Mourinho’s squad is looking like the top team of the premier league at the moment and the addition of Zlatan Ibrahimovic could very well be the best transfer of the summer. Now the addition of Paul Pogba to this Man U team is going to incredible, and this game will be the perfect one for him to play in. Paul has had time to get to know the team yet again and practiced the new and different formations.
In their last 5 head to head meetings the results are tied with both teams winning 2 away games and 1 draw. In fact Manchester United haven’t won at home against Southampton since 2013. However that was a completely different Southampton and a Manchester United led by Van Gaal without all of this star power that Mourinho has added to the team.
The most likely scenario for this game is that Paul Pogba will be able to play around in the midfield and capitalize on the confused Southampton team. The Man U offensive should have a field day in this fixture as long as the team doesn’t get any bad cards or injuries. The Saints had trouble scoring against Watford at home with a man advantage, it will not be an easy task for them to score vs one of the best keepers in the world at Old Trafford.
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European odds from Nordicbet for Manchester United vs Southampton:
Manchester United vs Southampton prediction:
Manchester United vs Southampton, 3 – 0 @ 10.00
The viking’s picks for this game:
Manchester United vs Southampton, Manchester United Regulation time @ 1.49
Manchester United vs Southampton, Manchester United -1 @ 2.25
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.91
Both teams to score, No @ 1.69
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Manchester United vs Southampton prediction:
Manchester United vs Southampton, 3 – 0 @ +800
Over 2.5 goals @ -110
Both teams to score, No @ -140
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