Premier League: Manchester United v Southampton match preview
A look ahead to tonight's Premier League fixture at Old
Wednesday 30 January 2013
After being handed the initiative once again due to Manchester City's draw with QPR, Manchester United can open up a seven point gap with a home win against the Saints.
In for a real baptism of fire, Mauricio Pochettino's first away game in English football couldn't be tougher. Despite drawing his first game as manager, Southampton overall are unbeaten in their last six games.
Robin Van Persie is set for a re-call into the starting line-up after being rested for the comfortable FA Cup win against Fulham on Saturday. Defensive pairing, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are also expected to return. Ashely Young and Jonny Evans will miss out due to injuries.
Adam Lallanna could make his first appearance in almost two months, after being sidelined as a result of knee ligament damage. New signing Vegard Forren is available to make his debut. Jose Fonte and Guly Do Prado are both ruled out with knee injuries.
KICK-OFF: Wednesday 8pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Southampton 2 (Lambert, Schneiderlin) Manchester United 3 (Van Persie 3) Premier League, September 2012
Southampton 1 (Chaplow) Manchester United 2 (Owen, Hernandez), FA Cup, January 2011
Southampton 0 Manchester United 3 (Welbeck, Nani, Gibson) FA Cup, January 2009
Manchester United are in rich vein of form, winning 26 points from a possible 30, eight win and two draws from their last ten.
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert leads the way in goalscoring for the Saints this season with ten goals. He needs two more to reach the landmark of 100 goals in all competitions for the club.
This is the first time the two sides will be playing at Old Trafford since December 2004, the previous five games (league and cup) have all been played at St Mary's.
Southampton's last league win at Old Trafford was in January 1988, back in the Old First Division.
Manchester United to win: 1.22
Southampton to win: 13.0
These two sides played out a memorable 3-3 draw at Old Trafford back in September 1999. While a remarkable scoreline, the match is best remembered because of goalkeeper Massimo Taibi's howler from Matt Le Tissier's tame effort. The blunder effectively ended the Italian's career at United.
TV: Highlights - BBC1 at 10.35pm
Latest in Sport
Andy Murray tells how coach Amélie Mauresmo revealed her pregnancy
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Everton 3 Manchester United 0 player ratings: Who scored lower - Marouane Fellaini or Radamel Falcao?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 3 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 Ian Brady: Moors murderer announces his support for Ukip and the SNP
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove