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Manchester United Lineup, Team News, Kick Off Time

Manchester United will host Southampton in a Premier League at 13:30 pm in Old Trafford. The two sides had contrasting fortunes in midweek.

 

Burnley held the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw in midweek, while Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in a tense encounter.

All eyes were on the impending titanic clash at Turf Moor between Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and Burnley’s new talisman, Wout Weghorst, but it was the ex-Wolfsburg striker who towered over his opposite number physically and metaphorically, earning the Clarets a well-deserved point.

After Raphael Varane believed he had broken the deadlock only to have VAR reverse his effort, Paul Pogba slammed home the first goal, and Burnley answered immediately in the second half through Jay Rodriguez after Weghorst beat Maguire all the way down.

Manchester United’s run of poor results continues, with Ralf Rangnick unable to inspire a fast turnaround following their humiliating FA Cup exit, and the Red Devils currently sit fifth in the table following West Ham United’s victory against Watford.

As the competition for Champions League football heats up, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both breathing down the Red Devils’ necks, and while the draw with Burnley extended Manchester United’s Premier League unbeaten record to four matches, it was undoubtedly two points lost rather than one gained.

TEAM NEWS:

Manchester United are still concerned about Eric Bailly’s fitness ahead of Saturday’s match, as the Ivory Coast international returned from the Africa Cup of Nations with a swollen ankle.

It’s unclear whether Fred and Alex Telles will be able to recover from their COVID-19 infections in time to play in this match, although the former has no chance of pushing Pogba out in any case.

Rangnick is set to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back into the starting line-up after benching the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in midweek.

Here is my predicted line-up for this match.

GOALKEEPER & DEFENDERS:

De Gea (GK), Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Shaw.

MIDFIELDERS:

Pogba, McTominay, Fernandes.

ATTACKERS:

Elanga, Ronaldo, Sancho.

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