Manchester United

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Manchester United host Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday as the Red Devils look to push on from a dismal start to their Premier League campaign.

Where to Watch

Kick-Off is set for 3pm BST. Live commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day on BBC One from 10:25pm BST.


Manchester United are currently ninth in the league with 10 points, six points behind Arsenal at the top of the table. The defending champions have already lost three games, against Liverpool, Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion, and know that a loss here will not go down well with the club's increasingly impatient supporters. New manager David Moyes has found it hard to acclimatise himself to the pressure of managing United and has been found wanting at times.

Sir Alex Ferguson's departure has left a huge void and it will take some time for the new management to come to terms with the step up in responsibility. Moyes will be particularly concerned by the fitness of Robin van Persie who has come back from the international break in dismal shape and is unlikely to start against Southampton, who are currently four points ahead in the league table. The only saving grace for Moyes is that they have played many tough fixtures and can go on a confidence boosting run against lower pedigree sides before taking on Arsenal on 10 November. Then again, United have lost at home to West Bromwich Albion, too.

Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to defy history as the Saints look to pull off an upset over their decorated rivals. Southampton have taken only one point from their 14 league visits to Old Trafford but the manager will be buoyed by their performances this season - they have won four and drawn two of their last seven games. The major talking point for Pochettino has been their defence which has been breached only twice.

What the Managers Say

David Moyes: "It is a long season. Come the end of November we are getting much closer to the end of the year and we may well see things a bit clearer."

Mauricio Pochettino: "It is one thing to be confident and another to be complacent. We're going to have to work hard to win or get anything out of the game. It is clear we have won three out of three and teams are respecting us.

Form Guide

Manchester United

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D L W L
  • Last Result: Sunderland 1 - 2 Manchester United


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W D
  • Last Result: Southampton 2 - 0 Swansea City

Team News

Manchester United

Injured: Tom Cleverley (calf/shin), Darren Fletcher (bowel condition)

Doubtful: Robin van Persie (unspecified)

Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Fellaini; Nani, Rooney, Januzaj; Welbeck


Injured: N/A

Doubtful: Artur Boruc (hamstring)

Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; Wanyama, Schneiderlin, S Davis; Lallana, Osvaldo, Lambert.