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Man United v Soton: Devils ready to take Saints to hell

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 30/12/2017

Manchester United will hope to return to winning ways when they host Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Red Devils had to come from behind to draw 2-2 with Burnley at home on Wednesday, and will hope to get maximum points this time around.

Team News

Romelu Lukaku is likely to start despite Jose Mourinho admitting the Manchester United forward is "tired".

United duo Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian are unlikely to feature despite returning to training this week.

Southampton will be without defender Virgil van Dijk, who will join Liverpool on 1 January.

Charlie Austin is suspended, although a hamstring injury may rule him out for the next two months anyway.

Left-back Ryan Bertrand will have his hamstring problem assessed.

Head-to-head

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.

Match Facts

Manchester United

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

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.
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