Manchester United v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 28, 2019
Old Trafford - Premier League
Manchester United look to continue their unbeaten run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they host bogey-team Southampton on Saturday. The Saints moved out of the relegation zone with a comfortable mid-week win over Fulham but face a widely different challenge this weekend.
Southampton took a surprise early two goal lead when the sides met earlier in the season, but Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera were able to equalise before half time. Despite the action packed opening 45 minutes, the second half saw no goals, meaning the points were shared equally.
United's injury crisis will abate slightly by Saturday with Marcus Rashford reportedly fit to start against Southampton. However, with Solskjaer's first choice wingers remaining sidelined, Lukaku is likely to start up-front, with a young midfield pairing of Scott McTominay and Andrea Perreira.
Danny Ings may be fit for the bench for Ralph Hassenhutll, although the manager is likely to revert to a lone-striker in order to enhance the midfield, which is missing the injured Mario Lemina. Whether he sticks with Nathan Redmond, or hands another chance to Charlie Austin remains to be seen.
Manchester United v Southampton Predictions and Previews
Manchester United have the opportunity to consolidate their spot in the top four, with rivals Tottenham and Arsenal playing earlier on Saturday. However, in order to do so, they have to beat a Southampton side that they have only overcame once in their last five league meetings.
The Saints are arguably at the weakest they have been over those past four seasons, however still managed to take a point of United at St Mary's. This weekend could well be a test of the mentality that Solskjaer has instilled, whether the home side is able to overcome the mental block they have against the south coast side.
Having broken out of the relegation zone for the first time in three weeks, Hassenhutll's side will be keen to avoid a defeat. Given that Brighton and Huddersfield are playing one-another even a point would be valuable for the Saints, who will suit being able to defend deep and hit United on the counter, with pace up front in Redmond who is 4/1 to score.
United have a similar situation at the top of the table, and could start to put pressure on Spurs with a win, although have a lot of players out injured. For all the plaudits following their emphatic win over Crystal Palace, Solskjaer has little opportunities in terms of player rotation, and will be wary of rushing Rashford back with Champions League action the following Wednesday.
Even so, there is an immense feeling of positivity around Old Trafford, with even Lukaku looking back to his best at 13/10 to score. As a result, it will take a momentous shock for Southampton leave with anything this weekend.
Paul Pogba to score anytime at 6/4
The last-man standing has driven United forward on his own at times and will continue to do so this weekend.
United to win to nil at 7/5
Without Ings, Southampton are looking toothless is attack and will struggle to hold off against United without an outlet.