Southampton vs Man United Premier League Predictions

Southampton vs Man United Premier league
Southampton vs Man United Premier League

Predictions

While United were celebrating Daniel James’ equaliser against Palace, if the scores had stayed at 1-1 the joy wouldn’t have lasted. A draw at home to a team expected to be closer to the bottom three than the top four is not a good result for a team with United’s ambitions. So what does that make a 2-1 defeat?

It’s little short of a disaster, really, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows it. And amid various furores at Old Trafford – over who takes the penalties, why they didn’t sign a commanding midfielder, Alexis Sanchez’s future and the price paid for Harry Maguire – the decline of David De Gea may be the most costly. It was his mistake that gave Palace three points. It wasn’t the first in recent memory. In the past, United could at least rely on the goalkeeper to bail them out of trouble no matter what was happening in the rest of the team, but that’s no longer the case.

And yet, if Marcus Rashford’s penalty had smacked in off the post rather than bounced back out, United may well have gone on to win the game. Likewise against Wolves, if Paul Pogba had converted from 12 yards. It’s still small margins making the difference for United, but too often they’re making the difference in the negative. This isn’t the United of old, the teams that Solskjaer played in.

Southampton are also rebuilding, and should be content with a mid-table finish this season. Ralph Hasenhuttl looks much better equipped for what the Saints needs than his predecessor Mark Hughes, but needs a win of decent results for his methods to show they’re taking hold. After United, Southampton play Sheffield United and Bournemouth and taking four points from those two fixtures would be a significant boost to the cause.

But Southampton can’t overlook this fixture, and shouldn’t, because United are evidently beatable. They’ve won only three of their last 16 competitive fixtures – relegation form – and past Southampton teams have relished beating United, be it at the old Dell, or St Mary’s.

United do have greater quality but it’s not always showing itself at the moment, and Southampton won’t come out and attack in the way Chelsea did and allow United to run riot. With that in mind, a tight 1-1 draw – and more United discontent – seems distinctly possible.

Betting Tips

United have more than their fair share of fleet-footed attackers, and it’s not unlikely they’ll get another penalty. The best bookies know too that eventually they’ll score one – the question though remains, who will take it? Whoever steps up, it’s 21/4 at 10Bet that they score from the spot.

United have more than their fair share of fleet-footed attackers, and it’s not unlikely they’ll get another penalty. The best bookies know too that eventually they’ll score one – the question though remains, who will take it? Whoever steps up, it’s 21/4 at 10Bet that they score from the spot.

Statistics

Head to Head

The most famous past meeting between Southampton and United came in October 1996, when the Saints were 3-1 up at half time against 10-man United, who had Roy Keane sent off. United swapped their grey shirts for blue and white at half time, claiming the players had trouble seeing each other in the darker kit, but slumped to a 6-3 defeat by full time.

Southampton also beat United at home in April 1996, January 1998, May 2001 and August 2003, but haven’t had a victory over United in front of their own fans since.

Stats

  • Southampton’s last home win over United was 11 games ago.
  • United haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home in the league since beating Fulham in February, seven games ago.
  • United haven’t won any of their last five away league games.
  • Southampton’s last home clean sheet also came against Fulham, and was also in February.

Aspiring football journalist who realised he could put his vast knowledge towards gambling and making some money. With years spent on Football Manager, his boyhood obsession has carried over into his adult life and he's proven his mum that all that time spent playing a game wasn't to be wasted. A European football expert, James writes about anything on the continent and has began expanding his knowledge to other leagues in South America, Asia and the USA.

All Predictions by James Cooke

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