Manchester United will be looking to get back on track when they face Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Since the winter break, the Red Devils have been underwhelming. They were knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth round by Middlesbrough, followed by a dismal 1-1 league draw against Burnley.
They are now fifth in the league standings and need to win all three points at Southampton on Saturday to avoid falling further behind in the race for a spot in the Champions League.
With a game in hand, the club is now one point behind fourth-placed West Ham United. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, are only three points behind them despite having played two games fewer.
Southampton will not be an easy opponent to tackle. They are coming off a thrilling 3-2 away triumph at Tottenham Hotspur. The south coast team also earned a point in the rematch at St Mary’s in August.
David de Gea has played every minute of the club’s Premier League campaign and hasn’t made a single mistake. The Spaniard has been outstanding in goal, making a crucial save in midweek to deny Burnley a winning goal. He is anticipated to begin.
Based on the performance at Turf Moor, a single change could be made in defense. Harry Maguire had a dreadful game in which he was at fault on both ends. Ralf Rangnick, the interim manager, has not shied away from making wise adjustments. Victor Lindelof might take over as club captain.
In midfield, no changes are expected. Paul Pogba delivered an outstanding performance in his league debut after a three-month absence. The Frenchman scored the game’s first goal with a stunning strike from the edge of the area.
On another day, Scott McTominay may be replaced by Fred, but the latter is out with coronavirus. With his restricted mobility, playing Nemanja Matic against a high-pressing opposition would be a risk.
We foresee a few adjustments in the future. For the second game in a row, Jadon Sancho was on fire. He was impressive with his dribble from the left-wing, but he couldn’t find the finish.
Despite this, he should remain in the attack alongside Bruno Fernandes. Anthony Elanga might take the place of Marcus Rashford on the right-wing. Rashford had a couple efforts at Nick Pope, but the majority of them were easy saves for the Clarets goalkeeper.
Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped from the starting lineup in the middle of the week, but his replacement, Edinson Cavani, had little influence. The Portuguese midfielder squandered a fantastic-headed chance off the bench and will be hoping to break his goalless streak that has lasted since the turn of the year.
How Manchester United might line up against Southampton