Southampton vs. Manchester United: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2017

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures during a press conference at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on May 10, 2017, ahead of their UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg football match against Celta Vigo. / AFP PHOTO / Miguel RIOPA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Manchester United are likely to field a weakened side as they travel to Southampton for their penultimate Premier League game of the season on Wednesday.

The Red Devils are focused on the UEFA Europa League final against Ajax on May 24 and will not want to pick up any injuries on the south coast.

The Saints are safe in mid-table, but a victory against United could see them rise above West Bromwich Albion into eighth place.

Here is how you can watch the action:

      

Date: Wednesday, May 17

Time: 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET

TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK only), NBC (U.S. only)

Stream: Sky Go/NBC Sports Live

      

Team News and Preview

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United manager Jose Mourinho has a chance to add a second trophy to the cabinet from his first term in charge at Old Trafford after February's EFL Cup win over these same Saints, but the Premier League campaign has been a failure.

The purchases of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba were supposed to trigger a title challenge from the fallen Manchester giants, but United have laboured outside of the top four.

One of Mourinho's major selection choices is to decide who starts the Europa League final in goal, and it appears the Portuguese has opted for Sergio Romero. This should mean No. 1 David De Gea will face Southampton.

According to Jake Lambourne of The Sun, Mourinho has explained his goalkeeping decision.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07:  David De Gea of Manchester United talks to Sergio Romero of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 7, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo
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The manager said:

"There's no dilemma, They are two fantastic goalkeepers.

"I think it is fair Sergio is going to play the final and David accepts. He accepts that because, especially, he has already played Europa League matches.

"If we win the trophy, David wins the trophy because he played three matches against Feyenoord and against Fenerbahce. But if everything goes normal and we have no problems, Sergio plays the final.

"I never saw in all my career two goalkeepers to be so friendly because it is a position when you always have a little bit of rivalry, especially if you are both the same kind of level.

"You are speaking about Argentina national goalkeeper and Spain national goalkeeper. They are friends and they support each other all the time. I never saw a bad face."

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29:  Marouane Fellani of Manchester United looks on during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on January 29, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Gr
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According to WhoScored.com, Marouane Fellaini is expected to anchor the midfield after returning from a three-game ban as United nurse a number of injuries throughout the squad.

Matteo Darmian is expected to start as Daley Blind is rested ahead of the European final against his former club. Pogba missed the game at Tottenham Hotspur due to the death of his father, making his involvement at Southampton doubtful.

Saints boss Claude Puel is without injured goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and defender Virgil van Dijk, with full-back Sam McQueen unlikely to feature, per WhoScored. However, striker Charlie Austin is back from long-term injury and will be desperate for a start against the visitors.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Charlie Austin of Southampton during the UEFA Europa League match between Southampton FC and Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC at St Mary's Stadium on December 8, 2016 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty I
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After scoring just 41 goals in the league this season, Southampton will focus on improving this part of their game, having scored fewer goals than Swansea City, who are near the foot of the table.

The game is likely to be a drab affair considering United's commitments and the Saints' position as neither side will go for the jugular.

United's lack of interest in the match can only help the hosts as they seek their 13th league victory of the season, and Puel will want his side to take advantage of the unique situation.