Manchester United vs Southampton
English Premier League 2016/17
Kick-off: 19th August 2016, 20:00 pm BST
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
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Manchester United host Southampton in their next Premier League game at Old Trafford this Friday.
Jose Mourinho will be delighted with how his team performed against Bournemouth in their opening game and the Portuguese manager will want to build on that against the Saints.
Manchester United were dominant and efficient against the Cherries last week. Even though the likes of Pogba and Mkhitaryan are yet to be integrated into the first team, the Old Trafford giants looked like a force to be reckoned with this season, and top of the soccer predictions for not only winning their match this week but also finishing in the top two this season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic maintained his perfect debut record by scoring on his Premier League debut. The Swedish striker has previously scored in all of his debut games for Ajax, Milan, Juventus, Barcelona and PSG.
Jose Mourinho maintained his impeccable record of not losing the first game of the season and only Shearer and Lampard (8) are ahead of Rooney (7) as far as opening day goals are concerned.
Southampton were held to a 1-1 draw at Watford last week and Claude Puel will be looking to secure his first win of the season.
The away side had a great time at Old Trafford last season when Louis Van Gaal was in charge of Manchester United.
However, United are not the same side anymore and Southampton will have a tough challenge in front of them at Old Trafford this week.
Manchester United v Southampton: Team News
Manchester United will have a fully fit squad to choose from against Southampton this week.
Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba have served their one-game suspension and are expected to start against the Saints.
Jesse Lingard picked up an injury against Leicester in the Community Shield game and is expected to be in the squad here.
As for the Saints, Puel will be without Florin Gardos due to injury, while Jose Fonte could be rested following his Euro 2016 exertions.
Ryan Bertrand is lacking in match fitness and Targett could once again start as the left back.
Manchester United v Southampton: Possible Lineups
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw; Pogba, Herrera; Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimovic
Southampton: Forster; Soares, Yoshida, Dijk, Targett; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Davis; Tadic; Redmond, Long
Manchester United v Southampton: Key Stats
Manchester United have won 7 of their last 8 home matches in the Premier League.
Southampton are undefeated in their last 7 matches in the Premier League.
Southampton are undefeated in 4 of their last 6 matches against Manchester United in all competitions.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Southampton
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