Manchester City vs Sunderland:
2016/17 English Premier League.
Date: Friday, 19 August, 2016,
Kick-off: 20:00 UK.
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).
Manchester United will be hosting Southampton at Old Trafford on Friday night, as Jose Mourinho will play his first Premier League game at Old Trafford as United Manager.
United were impressive in their opening game of the season which was Mourinho’s first Premier League game as United Manager. The Red Devils enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 win Over Bournemouth away at Vitality Stadium, a win that kept them top of the table.
Mourinho’s starting IX was full of surprises, he picked Mata and Fellaini which kept critics mute. Mata gave United the lead via a loose pass, later the Skipper Rooney made it 2 before Zlatan’s 20 yards low shot made it 3. Bournemouth pulled 1 goal back through Adam Smith but it wasn’t enough for the the home teams.
Southampton shared points with Watford in their opening game of the 2016/2017 campaign, helping the new boss to avoid defeat in his first game. Watford took the lead in the first 45 minutes, with Capoue scoring his first goal for the visiting team.
The Saints bounced back in the second half, as Nathan Redmond scored his first Southampton goal on his debut. They now hope to maintain their Old Trafford winning, but that will be difficult with Mourinho in charge.
Manchester United: Team News
Bastian Schweinstiger is still training with the reserves, while Jesse Lingard and Borthwick-Jackson are doubts for this game.
Paul Pogba and Smalling bothissed the first game through suspension but are now available for selection in this fixture. They may start from the bench just like Mkhitaryan last week.
Southampton: Team News
Ryan Betrand and Florin Gardos are both doubts due to knee injury, while captain Jose Fonte may feature in the game if declared fit in time.
Manchester United vs Southampton: Head to Head statistics
Manchester United have played 81 games against Southampton, and they have won a huge chunk of the games. Red Devils have won 46 games while the Saints have won only 17.
At home United have won 26 games over the Saints and lost only 5, their last 2 meetings at Old Trafford have been won by the Saints.
Manchester United vs Southampton: Prediction
Manchester United are the favourites in this game, considering the quality of the players in their squad. Manchester United have won 7 of their last 8 premier league home games, also they have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 premier league games.
Southampton are undefeated in their last 7 Premier League games, they have won their last 2 games at Old Trafford and are ready for another win.
Manchester United look good for another straight win and they could be backed to strike at least twice here. And once again, favouring Zlatan to score any time during the match is worth the risk.
Manchester United vs Southampton: Betting Tips
1) Manchester United win at 1.43.
2) Over 2.5 goals at 1.90.