Erik ten Hag is expected to stick with the majority of the side that beat Real Betis comfortably in the Europa League when Manchester United host Southampton on Sunday.
Manchester United bounced back from last weekend’s humiliating loss at Anfield in midweek, but Erik ten Hag’s side will be eager to make amends in the Premier League when they host Southampton on Sunday.
United are still in a fine position in spite of last weekend’s 7-0 drubbing – they sit third in the table with games in hand on teams around them ahead of their meeting with the Saints, who are rock bottom of the Premier League and scrapping for survival.
It remains to be seen if Ten Hag will shuffle his pack after United’s handsome win in midweek, but the Dutchman has plenty of options available and could even be boosted by the return of Anthony Martial. Here, Mirror Football takes a look at how United could line up on Sunday…
Despite criticism from Ten Hag and United icon Paul Scholes over his poor distribution in midweek, David de Gea has been in fine form in the league and is still United’s undisputed No.1.
Ahead of the Spaniard, Aaron Wan-Bissaka could get the nod at right-back over Diogo Dalot, with the Portuguese international struggling in recent games. On the opposite flank, Luke Shaw has been in fine form and should continue at left-back.
Lisandro Martinez is likely to continue at centre-back, but it remains to be seen who Ten Hag will pick to partner him. Harry Maguire could come in for Raphael Varane after the Frenchman played the full 90 minutes against Real Betis in midweek.
In midfield, Marcel Sabitzer is an injury doubt after sitting out the win over Betis, so Fred and Casemiro will continue their partnership in midfield. Ahead of them, Bruno Fernandes is likely to continue in an advanced central role after silencing plenty of his critics in midweek.
Antony also bagged a goal in the Europa League to relieve some of the pressure that had been building on him in the wake of recent performances and he should continue on the right-hand side of United’s attack. Facundo Pellistri impressed off the bench on Thursday but it’s likely he and Jadon Sancho will have to settle for supporting roles again.
Marcus Rashford continues to lead by example for Manchester United and should be deployed in his favoured spot on the left-hand side of United’s attack rather than a central role. Wout Weghorst was overcome with emotion after scoring just his second goal for the club in midweek and will lead the line for Ten Hag’s side again on Sunday.
Man Utd predicted line-up vs Southampton (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Martinez, Shaw; Fred, Casemiro; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Weghorst