Southampton v Manchester United: Lukaku aim for sixth goal

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 22/09/2017

Romelu Lukaku has scored five Premier League goals so far, and will be hoping to make it six when they visit Southampton this weekend.Romelu Lukaku has scored five Premier League goals so far, and will be hoping to make it six when they visit Southampton this weekend.

Manchester United will hope to make it five wins in six Premier League games when they visit the South Coast to face Southampton.

The Red Devils have had a fine start to the season, winning four out of their first five games of the Premier League season, while drawing the other one with Stoke.

Southampton, meanwhile, have had an indifferent start to the season and will hope to get a victory at home on Saturday.

Team News

Virgil van Dijk could make his first start for Southampton since January, having returned to competitive action as a substitute last weekend.

The Dutch defender will be assessed after playing for the Under-23 side on Monday night, but Matt Targett is a doubt because of an ankle injury.

Manchester United pair Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial pushed their claims for a starting role by scoring in the League Cup win over Burton.

Marcos Rojo and Paul Pogba remain out.


Southampton's 24 Premier League defeats in this fixture is their worst record against any opponent.

Manchester United have won 16 of the last 22 meetings, losing just three.

Saints could equal their longest Premier League winless streak at home against a single opponent. They have gone seven games without victory against Middlesbrough (1998-2004) and Liverpool (1994-2000).

Match Facts


Southampton have failed to score in eight of their last 10 Premier League matches at St Mary's, and managed two home wins in 11.

However, they have kept three clean sheets in five games this season.

An 11th league defeat of the year against United would match their total number of losses in 2016 - with 15 matches still to play.

Southampton were winless last season in all 12 matches against sides who finished in the top six (D4, L8).

Former Valencia boss Mauricio Pellegrino failed in his four attempts to beat Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid (D2, L2).

Manchester United

A fifth victory in six matches would give United a club record-equalling 16 points at this stage of a Premier League campaign.

However, the Red Devils have triumphed only once in six away league fixtures (D3, L2).

They have scored nine goals in the 80th minute or later - more than the total goal tally of 17 Premier League rivals.

A league-high eight players have scored for United this season.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has already been involved in six Premier League goals this season - one more than throughout the previous campaign.

Romelu Lukaku could become the first Premier League player to score at St Mary's for three clubs, having already done so for Everton and West Brom.