Manchester United return to Premier League action this afternoon when they take on Southampton.

United are looking to make it four straight wins in all competitions and three in the league, after victories over Everton, West Brom and Istanbul Basaksehir.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's in-form Saints stand in their way, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men able to go within a point of Southampton if they clinch the three points today (2pm kick-off).

Paul Pogba, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof are all doubts for today's game while Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly are definitely out but Jesse Lingard should be available.

Donny van de Beek and Fred could again start in the United midfield, while Edinson Cavani is in contention to make his first Premier League start since arriving at Old Trafford as a free transfer in the summmer.

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How United should line up

Manchester United will be looking to keep their winning run going when they make the trip to face Southampton in the Premier League today.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have won their last three matches across all competitions and know another good performance is needed against the side who start the weekend in 5th place.

Southampton are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games with only Tottenham on a longer current run in the competition. Saints last went longer without defeat between September-November 2013 under Mauricio Pochettino (eight games).

In terms of early team news, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are both unlikely to play but Marcus Rashord, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof should be fit.

Here is how our United writers think they should line up (and a predicted line up in the image below).

Pundits' predictions

Former United striker Michael Owen is among those who have cast their predictions for today’s game at Southampton.

He’s gone for a score draw at St Mary’s:

“I covered Southampton’s game against Newcastle the other week and they were exceptional. In my opinion, Ralph Hasenhüttl is going places. He has the Saints playing tremendously well and he could be headed for the very top.

“Ole Gunnar Solkjaer is still trying to work out what his best starting eleven is. Whenever he plays McTominay and Fred together they look a bit toothless going forward. However, on the flip side of that, if he goes with his most attacking options, they look a bit fragile.

“I think this will be tight, and given the recent form of both sides, I can see this ending in a score draw.”

Pundit Michael Owen
Pundit Michael Owen (Image: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)


Hello and welcome to another of our United match blogs.

Today it’s a tricky visit to Southampton for Ole Gunnnar Solskjaer’s men.

Stay tuned for all the build up, team news and then live updates from the big match itself.