Date/time: 30/12/2017, 17:30 (UK), 12:30 ET, 09:30 PT (USA)
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, UK
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Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino needs his Saints side to pick up some unexpected points today to stave off any pressure being heaped on him from expectant Southampton fans.
Unfortunately for the Argentine, this task is made more difficult today as he visits Old Trafford to take on Manchester United following a 5-2 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur on Boxing Day.
Jose Mourinho’s United haven’t exactly been at the races either, having been knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Championship side Bristol City and then drawing to Burnley four days ago.
Saints will be missing Virgil van Dijk, who has agreed to move to Liverpool on 1st January, as well as Charlie Austin who is serving a suspension and has injured his hamstring. Ryan Bertrand will face a late fitness test ahead of the game.
United are unlikely to have duo Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian back in the squad through injury.
Stats Zone (via BBC Sport):
- Southampton have won two of the last three league meetings at Old Trafford, both by a 1-0 scoreline.
- They had failed to win in their 19 previous league matches away to Manchester United (D3, L16).
- United have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three Premier League games against Saints, after a run of nine games without one.
- United have lost just one of their last nine league matches (D2, W6).
- Their 2-2 draw with Burnley in their last game was only the second time they have dropped points at home in the league this season.
- United kept seven clean sheets in their opening eight league matches, but have kept only three in the 12 games since.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored four goals in his two games against Southampton in all competitions.
- Southampton have won just one of their last 11 Premier League games (D4, L6) and none of the last seven.
- An eighth consecutive match without a win would be their worst run in the top flight since a 10-game sequence from November 2004 to January 2005.
- They have only won one of their nine away league games this season, drawing three and losing five. Only Swansea have won fewer Premier League points on their travels.
- They kept a clean sheet in their first two away league games but have kept none in the seven since.
Shane Long has failed to score in his last 34 matches for club and country.
Bet 365: Manchester United: 4/11 - Draw: 17/4 - Southampton: 9/1
Bet Victor: Manchester United: 4/11 - Draw: 21/5 - Southampton: 9/1
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