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Manchester United 2:0 Southampton

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    Niall

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    Date - Friday, August 19 2016
    Kickoff Time - 2000 Hrs BST
    Venue - Old Trafford, Manchester




    League standings and form guide

    1. Manchester United : W

    12. Southampton : D


    Previous Meetings

    Manchester United 0 : 1 Southampton

    Southampton 2 : 3 Manchester United

    Manchester United 0 : 1 Southampton

    Southampton 1 : 2 Manchester United

    Southampton 1 : 1 Manchester United


    All-Time Record

    Manchester United wins - 50
    Southampton wins - 25
    Draws - 23


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    Team News

    Manchester United

    Bastian Schweinsteiger likely ruled out. Jesse Lingard and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson doubtful. Paul Pogba and Chris Smalling could make their season debuts.


    Southampton

    Florin Gardos ruled out. José Fonte and Ryan Bertrand doubtful.


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    Southampton Football Club, nicknamed 'The Saints', are a professional football club based in Southampton, Hampshire, England; and were founded in 1885 by members of St Mary's Church of England Young Men's Association. Southampton play their home games at St. Mary's Stadium, and were one of the founding members of the Premier League in 1992. The club has a long-standing sporting rivalry with Portsmouth in a match termed the South Coast Derby or the Hampshire Derby. In recent years, Southampton has received praise for employing an attractive brand of football under Mauricio Pochettino and more recently, Ronald Koeman, and having the best youth system on English soil - which has produced the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana; apart from current Manchester United leftback, Luke Shaw.


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    Southampton should be another easy win.
     

    JackRed

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    Great result and fun to watch, bring on Pogba and lets enjoy the ride. Loving it! Hopefully we'll be top of the league from week one too!
    Tell us oracle what will this great result be?
     

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    Free Micky, play Pogba, worship Zlatan
     

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    Cannot wait for this. Just found out it's the Friday night game. United on a Friday night featuring Pogba and Rachel Riley, what more could you want?

    I expect us to build on our performance today and win again against a stronger team. Really exciting times.
     

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    Couldn't have been more happy when I've heard from the commentator that this is played on Friday. Managed to come back from my brother's stag weekend, he's getting married on Saturday so I won't miss that game either.
     

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    Tell us oracle what will this great result be?
    I see a 1-3 away win for us and top of the league after the first round of games but that's because I thought I was posting in the post-match Bournemouth game! :rolleyes:

    I've gone for 3-0 against Southampton, but I'm actually hoping for 4-0! I'm feeling very optimistic after watching the Bournemouth game - great to finally really enjoy watching us play again. :drool::devil:
     
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    My doubts:

    Smalling to start and drop Blind? Looks really unfair, but could happen if Mourinho thinks Smalling is really his man for the season.
    Darmian to make the bench instead of Rojo?
    Carrick or Fellaini to start? Schneiderlin won't even make the bench.
    Will Pogba start or only feature as sub?
    Mata to keep the place as right-wing or Lingard to recover it? Not counting on Mkhitaryan to start right away.
     

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    4-1 win I'm going for. Confidence will be high and Paul Pogba is making his debut. I can see us being rampant.
     

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    Early Predicted Lineup:
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    1. de Gea

    25. Valencia 3. Bailly 17. Blind 23. Shaw

    6. Pogba 16. Carrick

    14. Lingard 10. Rooney 11. Martial

    9. Ibrahimovic
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    Bench:
    20. Romero, 12. Smalling, 21. Herrera, 27. Fellaini, 8. Mata, 22. Mkhitaryan, 19. Rashford

    Predicted Score: Man Utd 2
    -0 Southampton (Lingard, Ibrahimovic)
    I'm thinking because Southampton use a diamond formation we might go for a better passer to play alongside Pogba so Southampton don't dominate possession but it wouldn't surprise me if Fellaini starts ahead of Carrick, especially after a good performance against Bournemouth. It's also possible he'll want to use Fellaini's strength to stifle Southampton's midfield players. I've put Lingard back in (assuming he's fit) because I think he offers more width than Mata which is why if Lingard isn't fit I'd expect either Mkhitaryan or Rashford to start on the wing so they can stretch Southampton's midfield and run at their exposed full backs.
     
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    Southamption game discussion? here are my thoughts:

    Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba, Pogba!

    :p I genuinely can't believe he will be making his debut (again) I am going to be excited about this all week!


    Rapidly realising that this won't be the lineup, but it should be:

    ---------De Gea-----------
    Valencia Bailly Blind Shaw
    ----------Carrick-----------
    ------Pogba-Schneiderlin--
    Mkhitaryan-------Martial--
    ----------Zlatan-----------

    I have never really been a Blind fan, certainly not at CB but even though Smalling should be back he needs to go on the bench imo.

    As for the midfield, I would basically give Pogba a free role to do whatever the hell he needs to do to influence the game and ensure that Schneiderlin and Carrick are always prepared to shift to a 2 man midfield to cover Pogba when he is out of position.
     
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    Bench: 20. Romero, 12. Smalling, 21. Herrera, 27. Fellaini, 8. Mata, 22. Mkhitaryan, 19. Rashford
    I was wondering what would be the cover on the bench if Valencia/Shaw are unable to continue to play, but I guess Blind can switch to left-back and Bailly/Smalling to right-back, right? Mourinho always takes that into account.
     

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    Time to unleash Pogba...

    Also hoping to see Mkhitaryan start.

    De Gea

    Valencia Bailly Blind Shaw

    Fellaini Carrick

    Mkhitaryan Pogba Martial

    Ibrahimovic​
     

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    I was wondering what would be the cover on the bench if Valencia/Shaw are unable to continue to play, but I guess Blind can switch to left-back and Bailly/Smalling to right-back, right? Mourinho always takes that into account.
    Yeah, I think that's the only reason Rojo has been getting on the bench but he won't leave Smalling out of the squad completely. Blind could switch to lb easily. Though I imagine he'd rather avoid it, Bailly has played rb before and I'm sure he could slot in there if Valencia were to get injured. He's good with the ball at his feet anyway.
     

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    De Gea
    Valencia Bailly Blind Shaw
    Pogba Fellaini
    Mkhitaryan Rooney Martial
    Ibrahimovic
    Expect to see this. Maybe Lingard or Mata in for Mkhitaryan. My preferred team though would be Carrick holding and Mata in the middle. Reckon that spot next to Pogba will change every game depending on opponent, while Mata will eventually win over the #10 and Mkhitaryan the right wing. Though then again, having those 2 in is probably a bit too weak defensively and physically so Rooney or a 3rd midfielder is more likely then Mata and Miki together.
     

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    Gone for 3-1 again

    Should be a comfortable win for us. Will be a weird atmosphere barely any Southampton fans there

    Surely we should've been the Saturday early kick off though if we're playing Friday night, give us the extra day rest but hey ho
     

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    Please:

    DDG
    Valencia-Smalling-Bailly-Shaw
    Blind
    Herrera-Pogba
    Mkhitaryan-Zlatan-Martial
    Honestly, after today's game I don't care who starts as long as Pogba does. I was thoroughly surprised by today's game because I though the line up looked bad.
     

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    De Gea
    Valencia--Bailly--Blind--Shaw
    Carrick--Pogba
    Lingard--Rooney--Martial
    Ibrahimovic​

    Smalling definitely won't start this. I want Mkhi to start but I doubt it'll happen, I'm not sure if Pogba will start but I hope he does.
    Minutes for Rashford, Mkhitaryan and Smalling off the bench hopefully.
     

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    Gonna be tough to pick line up.

    It feels nice that you can look at a bench and see quality.
    Anybody know why Lindgard didn't feature?
     

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    De Gea
    Valencia
    Bailly
    Blind
    Shaw
    Carrick
    Pogba
    Lingard
    Rooney
    Martial
    Ibrahimovic

    Subs: Mkhitaryan, Schneiderlin, Rashford

    Score: United 3-1 Southampton
     

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    Don't think Pogba is ready I'd prefer a midfield two of Valencia and Fellaini. :wenger:

    I hope Mkhi gets a start, I thought Mata was decent on the right but Mkhi offers more pace. I hope Pogba will offer more drive from the midfield which should help out our attackers, I thought Herrera didn't offer enough going forwards and often looked for the simpler passes instead of trying to make something happen.

    I don't think we'll play Southampton off the park but I expect a win.
     

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    I don't think Mourinho is gonna rotate that much until the cup/EL start kicking in.

    Hence i think we'll start unchanged if we can, considering noone had an outright awful game today. If anyone, it would be Smalling coming in,depending who Mourinho wants for the long term CB-pairing. Also, Lingard will be in with a shout if ready again.

    Pogba, having been on holidays until recently, and only had a handful of training sessions with the team, i can see him coming on for a second half display.

    Result-wise i don't expect it to be many goals in this game. Koeman has a decent defensive setup, and Mourinho will not go gung-ho either. 1-0 or at most 2-1 as i'm hoping for, and expecting, a win!

    Pressure on the other teams if we get a winning streak going from the start of the season!
    Edit: Changed results to be what i actually meant
     
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    Don't think Pogba is ready I'd prefer a midfield two of Valencia and Fellaini. :wenger:

    I hope Mkhi gets a start, I thought Mata was decent on the right but Mkhi offers more pace. I hope Pogba will offer more drive from the midfield which should help out our attackers, I thought Herrera didn't offer enough going forwards and often looked for the simpler passes instead of trying to make something happen.

    I don't think we'll play Southampton off the park but I expect a win.
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    I don't think Mourinho is gonna rotate that much until the cup/EL start kicking in.

    Hence i think we'll start unchanged if we can, considering noone had an outright awful game today. If anyone, it would be Smalling coming in,depending who Mourinho wants for the long term CB-pairing. Also, Lingard will be in with a shout if ready again.

    Pogba, having been on holidays until recently, and only had a handful of training sessions with the team, i can see him coming on for a second half display.

    Result-wise i don't expect it to be many goals in this game. Koeman has a decent defensive setup, and Mourinho will not go gung-ho either. 0-1 or at most 1-2 as i'm hoping for, and expecting, a win!

    Pressure on the other teams if we get a winning streak going from the start of the season!
    Koeman is Everton manager.

    We played them two weeks ago.
     

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    Doubt Pogs will be able to go the whole 90+ minutes. I reckon he will come on at halftime or shortly after. Would love to see Miki at #10 with Roo benched and Lingard back out wide right. Then Pogs can come in at the second half.
     

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    Wasn't expecting Fellaini to play against Leicester and then didn't expect Herrera and Mata against Bournmouth so ultimately I have no clue what team Jose is going to put out

    Going for a 1-0
     

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    Would love to see a lineup without Rooney first and foremost, and with Pogba, but I'm not getting my hopes up. I'm just hoping for another enjoyable performance like what we saw in the second half today. It was finally fun to watch United play again. :)
     

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    Would love if Pogba came off the bench while we were 2 love up, If only just to hear the roar of Old Trafford when he comes on. We have our Pog Back.
     
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  • 36% Man Utd 2:0 Southampton
  • 21% Man Utd 3:0 Southampton
  • 14% Man Utd 2:1 Southampton
  • 9% Man Utd 3:1 Southampton
  • 5% Man Utd 1:0 Southampton
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