Match Pack: Manchester United vs Saints

By SFC Media time Mon 01 Feb Manchester United v Saints

Southampton are back on the road in the Premier League as they face Manchester United at Old Trafford. Get ready for the fixture with our Match Pack, in association with eToro…

THE MATCH

Manchester United vs Southampton
Old Trafford
Premier League
Tuesday 2 February, 8:15 GMT

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Darren Cann
Fourth official: Lee Mason
VAR: Graham Scott
Assistant VAR: Stephen Child

HOW TO WATCH

The fixture will be broadcast live on BT Sport.

WHAT'S AT STAKE?

Saints will be looking to return to winning ways, having not picked up points in the Premier League since they claimed victory over Liverpool on January 4.

After a frustrating evening at St Mary's on Saturday, Ralph Hasenhuttl's men will be determined to put on a performance at Old Trafford.

While Saints sit at 11 in the current league table, they are only 4 points off the top 6 and a win at Old Trafford could put them right back in the mix. 

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Danny Ings of Southampton  during the Premier League match between Southampton and Aston Villa at St Mary's Stadium on January 30, 2021 in Southampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints endured a difficult night at St Mary's on Saturday

Both teams have been in a scoring drought in the Premier League recently and will be eager to turn the tides. 

United have had a resurgence this season, having placed themselves as serious title contenders. They will be looking to secure all three points to keep mounting on the pressure. 

TEAM NEWS

Theo Walcott, Ibrahima Diallo and Oriol Romeu were all struck down with injury in Saints' 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on the weekend adding to Hasenhüttl's injury woes.

Jannik Vestergaard and Will Smallbone remain on the long-term injury list, with Kyle Walker-Peters remaining a doubt.

Both Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond had a successful return to first-team action on Saturday and will be available for selection.

For the hosts, Solskjaer should have a full-strength squad to select from. 

FORM GUIDE

Southampton:
Aston Villa (h) 0-1
Arsenal (h) 1-3 (Armstrong)
Arsenal (h) 1-0 (Gabriel OG) FA Cup
Shrewsbury Town (h) – FA Cup - 2-0 (Nlundulu, Ward-Prowse)
Leicester (a) 2-0

Manchester United:
Arsenal (a) 0-0
Sheffield United (h) 1-2 (Maguire)
Liverpool (h) 3-2 (Greenwood, Rashford, Fernandes) FA Cup
Fulham (a) 1-2 (Cavani, Pogba)
Liverpool (a) 0-0

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: James Ward-Prowse of Southampton celebrates after making it 2-0 during the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary's Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Southampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Ward-Prowse scored a trademark free-kick when the sides met in November

THE MANAGERS

Ralph Hasenhüttl: 
"The team is still doing its best, it's still enjoyable to watch them fighting and playing football.

It's tough when you don't score but I see the guys fighting."

Ole Gunnar Solskjær:
"They [Saints] play high-intensity, direct, loads of energy - they've just hit a patch with loads of injuries."

ONE TO WATCH

Alex Jankewitz: 
Jankewitz made his Saints debut against Aston Villa on Saturday. With the injury list continuing to grow, it's likely Hasenhüttl will look to him to make an impact.

Luke Shaw: The former Saints man has really hit form in recent weeks and has played a vital part in Manchester United's resurgence as legitimate Premier League contenders. 

James Ward-Prowse
Attack stats
goalGoals
5
Total shots
23
Shots on target
11
Conversion rate
21%
Mins per goal
414
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TOP PERFORMERS

Inclusive of all competitions

Southampton:

Goals:

Danny Ings 7
James Ward-Prowse 5
Ché Adams 4

Assists:
James Ward-Prowse 5
Ché Adams 4
Danny Ings 3

Manchester United:

Goals:

Bruno Fernandes 16
Marcus Rashford 15
Martial, Cavani 5

Assists:
Bruno Fernandes 9
Marcus Rashford 7
Anthony Martial 5

HEAD TO HEAD

Played: 127
Saints: 27
Draws: 35
Manchester United: 66

DID YOU KNOW?
- Having lost 13 of their first 14 Premier League away games against Man Utd (D1), Southampton have lost just two of their last seven visits to Old Trafford (W2 D3).

- Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse’s direct free-kick goal against Manchester United in the November meeting between the sides was the eighth direct free-kick scored in this Premier League fixture, the joint-most of any fixture in Premier League history along with Liverpool versus Man Utd.

- Manchester United have lost four of their 10 Premier League home games so far this season (W4 D2) – it’s already the third highest number of defeats the Red Devils have suffered in a single Premier League campaign, after 2001-02 (6) and 2013-14 (7).

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