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Premier League Preview: Southampton vs Manchester United

Southampton have had an indifferent start to the season and welcome a United side that hasn't had the best of weeks.

Louis van Gaal: Ronald's not a fan.
Louis van Gaal: Ronald's not a fan.
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With just six points from five games, Southampton have frustrated the fans filling St. Mary's since the Premier League season's start. <!-- ######## START FLOATED VIDEO SNIPPET ######## -->

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This week Saints welcome Premier League giants Manchester United. Louis van Gaal's United haven't had the best week after losing to Dutch champions PSV in the Champions League and at a cost as former Saints left back Luke Shaw suffered a broken leg following a heavy challenge.

Shaw isn't the only Southampton player to defect to the Red Devils. Sunday will see Morgan Schneiderlin's first appearance at St. Mary's since his summer transfer to the red half of Manchester.

However, in terms of league form, United are coming off an impressive win over Liverpool last week, while Saints dominated possession but came up short in a 0-0 draw against West Brom.

Ronald Koeman and van Gaal aren't exactly the best of friends and both games in the 2014-15 season provided plenty of intrigue. Saints beat United 0-1 at Old Trafford in last season, but were unlucky to lose the home fixture 1-2 to the visitors.

Saints' win at Old Trafford was their first since 1988 and Manchester United remain the team Southampton has lost to the most in the Premier League with 22 losses in total.

As mentioned before, United will be missing Luke Shaw through his broken leg sustained in the week. Meanwhile, they could well welcome back Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney to first team contention.

Southampton will be missing the likes of Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand, Jordy Clasie and Florin Gardos.