4-2-3-1: Man Utd predicted XI to face Southampton

Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from our defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend by beating Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could do with three points before we head into the international break and face a Saints side that had lost their opening two games before beating 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion last time out.

Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial picked up injuries at Old Trafford against Palace and have been ruled out for tomorrow’s game.

Here’s the team I think Ole will select to face the Saints:

Goalkeeper: David de Gea
Another howler last weekend cost us a point in stoppage time. At some point we may have to give up on David de Gea and let him get his move to Real Madrid but I think the Spaniard keeps his place for the time being.

Defence: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Ashley Young
The boss is forced into changing his back four for the first time this season with Luke Shaw sidelined. Ashley Young replaced the England international after half hour last weekend and should get the starting role against Southampton. Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s fine form has earned him a call up to the England national team for the first time this week, whilst Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire had looked impressive together in their opening two games.

Midfield: Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba; Daniel James, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard
Scott McTominay as edged Nemanja Matic out of the team to start the new season and I see no reason why he won’t start alongside Paul Pogba in front of the back four once again. Daniel James has started our last two games down the right and scored a fine effort last week so should keep his place in the starting XI. I think it’s time for Juan Mata to start a game. The Spaniard has appeared from the bench in our first three games and his ability to unlock defences make him the perfect choice to play the number 10 role instead of Jesse Lingard. I think Lingard will be moved out to the left wing in Martial’s absence and can switch with Mata at times during the game.

Striker: Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford has made an impressive start to the season so I don’t see why he won’t continue up front. Perhaps Ole could consider playing him down the left wing and giving teenager Mason Greenwood a start but in a game which we really need to win I think the boss will go with his more experienced players.

Manchester United are 21/20 to pick up all three points at St Mary’s with Premier League betting this weekend.

Here is how we line up:

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