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Match Preview: Manchester United vs Southampton

Manchester United vs Southampton | Premier League | Old Trafford | KO 20:15 GMT | BT Sport

Manchester United are in a slump. They drew 0-0 to Arsenal at the weekend, have picked up just one win in their last four Premier League matches, and are struggling to keep up their name of potential title challengers.

The road to recovery begins with the visit of Southampton to Old Trafford on Tuesday night, with The Reds desperate for a win to put their title race back on track.

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Phil Jones is unavailable once again, as he is still recovering from a long-term injury.

However, the Englishman is reportedly going to be included in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s league squad for the second half of the season, meaning he must be close to a return.

Brandon Williams is edging closer to a return, and may be available to face The Saints, although he is somewhat out of favour at the moment, so is unlikely to be involved.

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Scott McTominay was substituted early on against Arsenal, with a stomach issue. It is unclear whether he will be fit for Tuesday’s match.

Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelöf were both included in the squad to face Arsenal, so are expected to be in contention once again for this one.

Before their disappointing form of the last couple of weeks, United were unbeaten in 13 in the league, and will be desperate to return to winning ways against Southampton.

They face Everton on Saturday but must not overlook an impressive Saints side that can provide a test for any team in the Premier League.

Opposition: Southampton

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Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have been solid so far this season, but enter the match in shaky form.

They sit eleventh in the Premier League, are just two points off seventh placed Chelsea (with a game in hand) but have lost their last three games in the competition.

They do, however, pose a real threat to United.

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They beat champions Liverpool 1-0 at the start of January and were good value for the win.

Saints trio Theo Walcott, Ibrahima Diallo and Oriol Romeu are all doubts, after they picked up injuries in their previous match.

 Kyle Walker-Peters, Jannik Vestergaard, Mohammed Salisu and Nathan Tella are all also out.

Key Stats

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Manchester United have picked up just five points from a possible twelve in their previous four Premier League games.

United are, however, unbeaten in ten against The Saints, a run stretching back to 2016.


Manchester United 2-1 Southampton.

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