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

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2017

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on September 17, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Stu Forster/Getty Images

Southampton will be the latest side to attempt to halt Jose Mourinho's Manchester United in the Premier League, as they host the Red Devils at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday.

United won 4-0 for the third time already this season in the top flight in their previous outing, turning up the pressure late on to breeze past Everton.

In Romelu Lukaku, they have a fantastic forward who has settled in brilliantly at Old Trafford and is backed up by a team that's functioning wonderfully.

Southampton have been sure enough so far this term under new boss Mauricio Pellegrino and picked up a creditable 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last time out. A victory over one of the division's elite outfits would give their campaign another jolt of positivity.

Read on for the key viewing details for this one, the latest team news for each outfit and a preview of the contest.

Date: Saturday, September 23

Time: 3 p.m. (BST), 10 a.m. (ET)

TV Info: NBC Sports (U.S.)

Live Stream: NBC Sports App (U.S.)

          

Team News

Southampton: Pellegrino has a decision to make on whether to bring Virgil van Dijk back into the side after he made a late cameo against Crystal Palace.

Likely XI: Fraser Forster; Cedric Soares, Wesley Hoedt, Maya Yoshida, Ryan Bertrand; Mario Lemina, Oriol Romeu; Dusan Tadic, Steven Davis, Nathan Redmond; Manolo Gabbiadini

Manchester United: Mourinho will be without Paul Pogba due to his hamstring injury, meaning the biggest decision he faces is whether to start Ander Herrera or Marouane Fellaini in midfield alongside Nemanja Matic.

Likely XI: David De Gea; Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Ashley Young; Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic; Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial; Romelu Lukaku

       

Preview

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / O
OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

Aside from a 2-2 draw at Stoke City, the start to 2017-18 has been pretty much perfect for United.

The clash against Everton epitomised their play so far—they grabbed an early goal, stayed in the game for long spells and moved through the gears late on. This term, Mourinho has options on the bench who can make the difference for his side.

As noted by Squawka Football, the Red Devils have showcased excellent fitness and determination late on in matches:

It helps when you have so much firepower, though. And in Lukaku, the Red Devils have a player who has helped take matches away from teams.

The Belgian may not get involved in general play as much as someone like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he's lethal in the box. And while much is made of the physical gifts Lukaku possesses, his appetite for getting into goalscoring positions and determination to get on the scoresheet makes him a special striker.

Against Everton, he set up a goal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and then prodded home himself. As noted by the Match of the Day Twitter account, there aren't many strikers who have started their United careers as impressively as he has:

Southampton may be a difficult opponent for the Red Devils, though. Under Pellegrino, they've yet to come up against one of the division's elite outfits, but they have shown balance in their play and a renewed sense of cohesion.

While much of the talk surrounding Saints during the summer was in relation to a potential departure for Van Dijk, they look to have done some savvy business in terms of incomings. In Wesley Hoedt, 23, they have acquired a young centre-back who has settled brilliantly at the club.

Pellegrino has had a strong start to life at Southampton.
Pellegrino has had a strong start to life at Southampton.Tony Marshall/Getty Images

The star man so far this season, though, has been Mario Lemina, who has looked tailor-made for the Premier League since his arrival from Juventus.

Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe was impressed with his display against Palace:

In Lemina and Romeu, there's no doubt Southampton have the defensive acumen and physicality to knock United out of their rhythm. With that in mind, it's difficult to see too many goals being scored in this one, even with the Red Devils' firepower taken into account.

Still, the early weeks of the season have revealed United are not only potent in the final third but ready for a battle, too. So, while Southampton will scrap and shut down space throughout, you would fancy the visitors to eventually find a way through.

       

Prediction: Southampton 0-1 Manchester United

Related

    Madrid Made 'Huge Error' Selling Ronaldo, Says Ex-Real President

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Madrid Made 'Huge Error' Selling Ronaldo, Says Ex-Real President

    Tom Sunderland
    via Bleacher Report

    Mbappe Rules Out Real Madrid

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Mbappe Rules Out Real Madrid

    Tom Sunderland
    via Bleacher Report

    The World Cup Rap-up 🎙🔥

    World Football logo
    World Football

    The World Cup Rap-up 🎙🔥

    Neil Welch
    via Bleacher Report

    World Cup 100: The Final Edition

    World Football logo
    World Football

    World Cup 100: The Final Edition

    Sam Tighe
    via Bleacher Report