Following back-to-back disappointing results, Manchester United will eagerly look to regain their form Tuesday afternoon when they host Southampton at Old Trafford.
Coming off of a tough defeat to Sheffield United, followed by a dull offensive showing vs. Arsenal, United know they need victories in order to keep pace atop the Premier League table. Despite immense skill, they enter Gameweek 22 in a bit of a goal-scoring rut, surely hoping the Saints’ defense will be the cure for their woes.
Southampton enter Tuesday having lost their three league matches, and though they sit 11th spot in the table, a win on Tuesday could see them move just a point within sixth spot. They’ve battled with inconsistency all season long, and despite not being at their best, a big result away from home could go a long way by season’s end.
With Man United firmly in the title hunt, the Premier League season has suddenly become a little more interesting. If they are to maintain pace, they’ll certainly need to win games like these, but the Saints could prove to be a worthy foe. For added insight, team news, and a betting prediction, continue reading on beneath the posted odds for our analysis on this huge Week 22 showdown.
Manchester United vs. Southampton Betting Odds:
Manchester United (-200)
Over 3 (+105)
Under 3 (-115)
Southampton +1 (+120)
Manchester United -1 (-140)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Manchester United vs. Southampton Pick:
It’s rare at this point in the season for any squad to have full first-team health and fitness, but Ole GUnnar Solskjaer will have all of his key assets at his disposal for Tuesday afternoon. Scott McTominay has recovered from injury, and he should play a key role providing ball-winning and physicality within the midfield.
Of course, Man United’s main route to victory is through an attacking style helped along by their 4-2-3-1 formation. Their attack-minded front four remains one of the best in the world, and led by the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, and Edinson Cavani up top – provides for a lethal blend of pace, skill, and finishing ability. The Saints back-line will surely be overmatched.
Southampton on the other hand enters somewhat banged-up, an unfortunate byproduct of such a condensed schedule. Many of the smaller sides in England don’t have the resources or funds to have excellent depth, and it could hurt the Saints on Tuesday. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is likely to be without Theo Walcott, Kyle Walker-Peters, and Nathan Tella against the Red Devils – all significant losses.
The Saints will likely go with their familiar 4-4-2 formation, with Danny Ings and Che Adams up top at the striker position. While that is a formidable pairing and can trouble Man United, getting them the ball from a weakened midfield may prove to be problematic. Expect United to dominate the centre of the pitch, and rely on both Paul Pogba and Fred to win balls and distribute to attacking positions with ease.
While the Saints can do enough to frustrate United, it’s unlikely to see them escaping Old Trafford with any sort of positive result. The Red Devils know they need the points, and after two dismal outings in a row – look for United to turn in an impressive showing. Southampton’s defense vs. Man United’s attack is a bad mismatch, and though it is juicy, a clear United victory on the moneyline is the best way to bet on this contest.