Match Preview: Saints vs Manchester United

By SFC Media Tue 16 May Saints vs Man Utd

Get set for Southampton's penultimate game of the Premier League season against Manchester United at St Mary's...

THE MATCH

Southampton vs Manchester United
Wednesday 17th May, 7.45pm BST
St Mary’s
Premier League

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

After their 2-1 success away at Middlesbrough, Claude Puel’s men will look to follow that up and put themselves in pole position to finish in the top eight.

That victory was with a changed eleven, as Puel made seven changes to give players valuable game time and rest some of his squad.

Manchester United arrive at St Mary’s following a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the last game at White Hart Lane.

Jose Mourinho’s men can no longer qualify for next season’s through the Champions League and they may look to keep their squad fresh ahead of the UEFA Europa League final against Ajax.

TEAM NEWS

Southampton: Claude Puel has no injury concerns ahead of Wednesday’s clash but did reveal that Virgil van Dijk and Alex McCarthy are progressing well with their respective injuries.

Manchester United: Jose Mourinho will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Tim Fosu-Mensah for the trip to the south coast.

FORM GUIDE

Southampton’s previous five:

Middlesbrough (a) W 2-1
Arsenal (h) L 2-0
Liverpool (a) D 0-0
Hull City (h) D 0-0
Chelsea (a) L 4-2

Manchester United previous five:

Tottenham Hotspur (a) L 2-1
Celta Vigo (h) D 1-1 (UEFA Europa League)
Arsenal (a) L 2-0
Celta Vigo (a) W 1-0
Swansea City (h) D 1-1

TOP PERFORMERS


Nathan Redmond’s superb finish in the 2-1 win at Middlesbrough took his goalscoring tally in the Premier League to seven, his best goalscoring season in the competition.

Nathan Redmond
Attack stats
Goals
7
Total shots
58
Shots on target
27
Conversion rate
12%
Mins per goal
389
See all stats

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Nathan Redmond (8)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić (7), James Ward-Prowse (5), Ryan Bertrand (4)

In the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, United still have a number of quality attacking options at their disposal. Marcus Rashford has eleven goals to his name, recently netting a crucial free-kick against Celta Vigo in the Europa League.

Anthony Martial is another player with pace and power to unlock a defence.

Top scorers: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (28), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (11), Marcus Rashford (11), Juan Mata (10)
Most assists: Ander Herrera (11), Wayne Rooney (10), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9)

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

All-time record:

Played: 120
Southampton: 27
Draws: 30
Manchester United: 63

Previous four meetings:

February 2017: Manchester United 3-2 Southampton (Gabbiadini 2)
August 2016: Manchester United 2-0 Southampton
January 2016: Manchester United 0-1 Southampton (Austin)
September 2015: Southampton 2-3 Manchester United (Pelle 2)

DID YOU KNOW?

- Manchester United (17 wins) need to win both of their remaining Premier League games in 2016-17 to avoid it being their lowest tally of wins in a single Premier League season. They won 19 in both 2013-14 and 2015-16.

- Southampton have failed to score in their last three home league games, but they’ve never gone four top-flight home games without a goal.

NOT AT THE GAME?

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