Manchester United have escaped from the top of the Premier League and are looking to return to victory when Southampton travel to Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have dropped points against Sheffield United and Arsenal in their last two games, ending fine form that had them in contention for the title.
United won the last time they met Southampton, although it took a monumental second-half comeback after initially losing 2-0 in the opening 45 minutes.
Here is a preview of the starting XI that Solskjaer could choose for this one …
David de Gea (GK) – United’s longest-serving first-team player has missed just two Premier League games this season and recorded a welcome clean sheet last time against Arsenal.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – Still close to the unbeatable in individual situations, but it’s the other parts of his game, especially the scoring and general awareness, that have been highlighted as weak at times this season.
Eric Bailly (CB) – Has traded starts with Victor Lindelof in recent weeks and could get the nod, although Solskjaer’s center-back revolving door policy alongside Harry Maguire has drawn criticism from disgruntled fans.
Harry maguire (CB) – Desperately needs an established long term partner. The United skipper is likely to feel more comfortable facing a fast and tenacious striker like Danny Ings if he has someone with a little more pace on his side, like Bailly.
Luke Shaw (LB) – The left-back has responded well to the competition since signing Alex Telles in October and has been one of United’s best and most consistent. He will be keen to continue this against his former club.
Fred (CM) – Will fulfill an important role as a midfielder, especially in preventing Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse from having too much time on the ball to pick passes and start pulling the strings.
Paul pogba (CM) – Started wide positions only in United’s toughest Premier League games this season, against Everton in November and later at Manchester City, Leicester, Liverpool and Arsenal. In the latter, he moved to center when Scott McTominay walked away with stomach cramps and showed the more disciplined side of his game in tougher competition.
Bruno Fernandes (AM) – The Portugal international has been with United for a year now and the level of impact is unimaginable. But he may be hitting his first blip in form and has only managed one straight goal in the last five Premier League games.
Mason Greenwood (RW) – Anthony Martial has been poor in recent weeks and fans would rather a departure for the local teenager. It has been a difficult second season and he will be looking forward to being on the scoresheet for only the fifth time in 2020/21.
Edinson Cavani (ST) – It was a second brace against Southampton in November which highlighted the Uruguayan veteran’s abilities to United fans. He has been widely praised since and has started many games since Christmas.
Marcus Rashford (LW) – A reshuffle in top and midfield could see United’s number ten regain his favored position on the left after lining up on the right against Arsenal. The left is where it looks most comfortable and efficient.
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