Southampton vs Manchester United, 01 DEC 2018
With only 8 points from 39 possible this season, Saints' manager Mark Hughes is definitely under pressure and probably one of the favorites for the sack in the Premier League. Match against Manchester United is probably not one of those ultimate games to keep his job, but if Southampton doesn't improve soon, change of the manager will probably be the next step to save the season.
Photo by David Ingham from Bury, Lancashire, England - P1264554, CC BY-SA 2.0
Southampton is without striker Danny Ings through a hamstring problem, while Ryan Bertrand and Matt Targett are both struggling with injuries.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is without Alexis Sanchez and Victor Lindelof, while defenders Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian are both doubtful, which means Diogo Dalot could make his debut for the Red Devils.
Southampton managed to stay in the league last season and Mark Hughes was the key to their survival last season. However, with no improvements this season, and only one win in 13 games, Southampton are in trouble this season. They managed to score only 10 goals so far, and only Huddersfield and Crystal Palace are more impotent this season in English Premier League.
They were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, losing to Leicester on penalties, after the match finished 0-0.
Manchester United are sitting in 7th place, already huge 14 points behind league leaders. After below par performance in the derby of Manchester they were held to scoreless draw by struggling Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, and managed to nick late winner in midweek Champions League match against Young Boys to secure second place in group H of Champions League.
Man to watch: Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial scored four of Red Devils' last 5 league goals away from Old Trafford, and with all other offensive players completely out of form, he should be the main weapon at St. Mary's Stadium this evening.
Head to head
Manchester United has a good record against Southampton in recent seasons, and are unbeaten at St. Mary's since 2003. In the meantime, United won 8 games in all competitions at Southampton and twice was held to draw.
According to the schedule, Saints could be in huge trouble before Christmass, having to face both Tottenham and Arsenal in the next couple of weeks. They will probably have to look for points in games against Cardiff and Huddersfield, but looking at their recent form, those two games will be also very tough for them. Although Manchester United are far from the force they were under Alex Ferguson, they still should have enough to win this match at Southampton. 20/21 (1.95) at Betfred looks like a decent price on United.