Match Day 4
Southampton vs. Manchester United
Saturday, August 31st 2019
20:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium
Last five matches form: L D L L W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.18
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.71
Top Scorer (18/19): James Ward-Prowse (7)
Last five matches form: D L W D L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.71
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.42
Top Scorer (18/19): Paul Pogba (13)
Southampton stopped the early season rot with their first win of the campaign away at Brighton & Hove Albion, and aim to back it up now they head home to St. Mary's. This week's visitors to the South Coast are Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United outfit who are smarting from defeat at home to Crystal Palace.
There were plenty of goals around in the meetings between the sides last season. This game ending in a 2-2 draw and United coming out on top 3-2 at Old Trafford.
Palace and Wolves have shown in the last two matches that United can struggle to unpick defences that sit back on them and so negate the counter-attacking pace in the Red Devils line-up. Playing that way is easy enough away from home, but Southampton will need to be careful not to be drawn into too attacking a game as the home side.
An away win at the previously unbeaten Brighton looks impressive on the face of it for Ralf Hassenhüttl's men, but considering they were up against ten men for the majority of that contest, it would be wise for Saints fans not to get too carried away.
United may be without Anthony Martial for this one, with the Frenchman facing a late fitness test.
Southampton actually performed pretty well in defeat against Liverpool in their previous home game, and aren't facing as talented a side here. Provided they get their tactics right, we can see the home side coming away with a draw.
Prediction: Southampton 1 - 1 Manchester United
Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 10 - 21
Shots on target: 2 - 8
Corner Kicks: 2 - 3
Possession: 42% - 58%
Stuart Armstrong was booked for the home side, who also had Kevin Danso dismissed for a second yellow card in the 73rd minute.
Both sides started with attacking intent in the early stages, but it was United who drew first blood in the tenth minute. The visitors working the ball from right to left to feed Daniel James. The Welshman continuing his stellar start to the season when driving into the left corner of the eighteen-yard box, cutting inside onto his right and unleashing an Exocet of a shot inti the top right corner. Fantastic finish.
Nearly all United for the remainder of the first half - Aaron Wan-Bissaka directing a volley narrowly over the crossbar and James stinging the palms of Angus Gunn with a drive from range. 0-1 at the break.
Chances at both ends at the start of the second half - Rashford denied by Gunn in the right of the area, and Che Adams firing wide at the end of a decent move from the hosts.
The Saints then clawed themselves level in the 58th minute. David De Gea initially forced into a save as a corner came in from the left, but helpless as the ball was played back in from the right and Jannik Vestergaard rose around six yards from goal to power a header into the left-hand side.
The dismissal of Danso saw the pendulum swing back in favour of United, as Southampton seemed content to hang on for the point from there. They hung on pretty comfortably too in the end, with a decent effort from outside the area by Mason Greenwood being about as close as the Red Devils came to a winner. 1-1 it finished.