Southampton v Manchester United: Premier League match preview
A look ahead to this Sunday's Premier League fixture at St Mary's stadium
Sunday 11 May 2014
There is little to play for between the two sides this Sunday. Despite finishing below last seasons champions, Southampton have had a better season than Manchester United. Mauricio Pochettino's efforts have proved promising for the home club, who are set to finish this season in eighth place, reaching their biggest points total in the process. Pochettino's future at the club remains unclear with continuous job offers elsewhere. United will inevitably start next season with a new manager, after David Moyes was dismissed last month, with Louis van Gaal set to takeover.
United have also had a record breaking season, albeit disappointing ones. They are due for their lowest finish in the Premier League and their lowest points tally. Currently in seventh, they have a chance of overtaking Tottenham, but it would require the North Londoners to draw.
Southampton have a few injury worries going into the final game. Jay Rodriguez will miss out and Gaston Ramirez's ankle is niggling him and may sit out in light of the World Cup. Maya Yoshida and Kelvin Davis are also set to miss this weekend’s match. Man United's Phil Jones will be missing this weekend after being injured midweek and he is doubtful for the World Cup, alongside Jonny Evans. Wayne Rooney and Rafael could be back for the final game, but Giggs may avoid playing Rooney ahead of the summer.
KICK OFF: Sunday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Man Utd 1 (Van Persie) Southampton 1 (Lallana) Premier League, October 2013
Man Utd 2 (Rooney) Southampton 1 (Rodriguez) Premier League, January 2013
Southampton 2 (Lambert, Schneiderlin) Manchester United 3 (Van Persie) Premier League, September 2012
Only two sides have drawn more matches than Southampton this season (10) and they are Stoke (11) and West Brom (15).
Southampton have lost only 12 matches, which is the same number of defeats as Manchester United.
This is the first season that Manchester United have failed to win at least 11 of their home games.
Southampton haven't beaten Man United in their last 9 meetings.
Southampton to win: 8.5
Man United to win: 9.5
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