Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney was back on form against Newcastle United and Liverpool Getty Images

Manchester United take on Southampton in the weekend Premier League clash at Old Trafford on 23 January, Saturday.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is at 3pm GMT. Live coverage is on Setanta Sports 1. Radio commentary of the game is on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10.25pm GMT.


United enter this fixture after sealing a narrow 1-0 victory over their arch-rivals Liverpool at Anfield. Marouane Fellaini was denied an opportunity to score from the corner by the cross bar, only for Wayne Rooney to convert it from the rebound as the England international's strike was the difference between the two sides.

Louis van Gaal has seen his side bounce back after a disappointing spell at the end of the calendar year, where they failed to pick a single win in all competitions. They are on an unbeaten run in the last five matches played in all competitions, conceding four goals and keeping three clean sheets in the process and the Red Devils manager will be looking for a victory over the Saints.

Shane Long
Shane Long emerged as a shock target for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in January Getty

Southampton come into the tie after a comfortable 3-0 win against West Bromwich Albion, which came after their 2-0 victory over Watford. Prior to these two fixtures, they managed just one win out of 10 matches played in all competitions.

Ronald Koeman has already seen his side suffer a 3-2 defeat at the hands of United at St Mary's Stadium earlier in the season. The Saints are without a win in the last four away fixtures, where they conceded six goals and managed to score only twice in the process.

What managers say

Louis van Gaal: "I think Southampton have good players, but also a very wide squad. They can play with a lot of players and change the system, so you never know [how they will approach the game]. In the last two matches Ronald Koeman has changed his system, playing three defenders across the back and they have won with two clean sheets – maybe he has found the solution."

Ronald Koeman: "I think they show what you can expect. Maybe they have a little bit of difficulty to score goals, but they don't concede a lot and it's difficult to beat them, and for them it's difficult to win the game. It's a tough one, but we know we can beat them."

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Manchester United to win: 10/11
  • Draw: 12/5
  • Southampton to win: 50/13

Team Form

Manchester United

  • Last Five: W D W W D
  • Last Result: Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United


  • Last Five: W W L L L
  • Last Result: Southampton 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

Team News

Louis van Gaal
Manchester United are currently in fifth place in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Arsenal Getty

Manchester United

  • Injured: Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo
  • Doubtful: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Michael Carrick, Adnan Januzaj
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: De Gea; Varela, Smalling, Blind, Darmian; Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rooney


  • Injured: Jay Rodriguez, Florin Gardos
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Wanyama, Davis, Mane, Tadic; Long