Following their 2-0 win over Yeovil Town in the FA Cup, Manchester United host Southampton at Old Trafford on Sunday. Louis Van Gaal and Ronald Koeman renew their bitter rivalry in what promises to be an lip smacking encounter in the 21st game week of the Premier League. The Red Devils currently lead the Saints by just a point in the standings, thus a win for either side could see them pull clear of each other in third place behind Chelsea and Manchester City.
United arguably had one of their worst game at St Mary’s in the reverse fixture in December; yet they managed to sneak out a 2-1 win thanks to a Robin Van Persie brace. In fact the Red Devils just had two shots on target throughout the game. Southampton would thus love to inflict revenge and beat United at their own backyard and end their 10 match winning streak. Both the sides have a plethora of attacking talent and one can fully expect goals galore.
United have received a massive boost this week with left back Luke Shaw back in training while Daley Blind is also in contention to return to the squad. The Manchester side should lineup in a 4-4-2 diamond setup with Angel Di Maria likely to start. The Argentine had featured in a cameo role against Yeovil. Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney should play in the attacking midfield role while Robin Van Persie partners Radamel Falcao up front.
Here is the possible Manchester United lineup vs Southampton:
Predictions: Van Gaal would love to do the double over Koeman but would well know that it won’t come easy even though they play at home. Having said that, the Red Devils could manage to sneak out a 2-1 win.