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Predicted Manchester United line-up vs Southampton

High on confidence Manchester United take on Southampton, who come into this game on the back of consecutive wins and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top on this one. Manager Louis Van Gaal has got some breathing space after last week’s win over Liverpool and will be hoping that his team continue their good run but he will definitely be without the services of Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger while there are doubts over the fitness of Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones. Ashley Young could be yet another absentee after he picked up an injury against Liverpool. However, United will be welcoming Adnan Januzaj back to the team after the midfielder scored a brace against Southampton’s under-21s.

Goalkeeper :

David De Gea: Wayne Rooney might be taking all the credit for United’s win over Liverpool but it was David De Gea’s heroics that kept United in the game for so long. De Gea has bailed out United in numerous games this season and United fans will be hoping that he carries on with his good form.

Defence:

Guillermo Varela: The young Uruguayan is expected to start at right-back in place of the injured Ashley Young.

Chris Smalling: Smalling has been a rock at the back for United this season and United will be hoping that he carries on with this good performances.

Daley Blind: Daley Blind will have to deputise at Centre back once again due to Phil Jones’ prolonged absence and United will be hoping that he doesn’t make too many mistakes.

Matteo Darmian: He will not be able to play in his preferred right-back position again but will have to do much better than he did against Liverpool.

Midfield:

Morgan Schneiderlin: Ex-Southampton star Schneiderlin will be playing against his former club for the second time and will have to make most of the few opportunities that he gets while United’s main midfielders Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger are unavailable.

Marouane Fellaini: The Belgian may have got a lot of stick from the fans for his display against Liverpool but let us not forget it was he who got the assist for the Rooney winner. Apart from that Fellaini is always a threat in the box and should be an important player.            

Jesse Lingard: The youngster has shown sparks of brilliance for United this season and must capitalise on the chances that he is getting.

Juan Mata: Mata may not have started the last game but with Louis Van Gaal’s team devoid of any creativity Mata needs to play if United are to have any chance of scoring against Southampton.  

Attack:

Anthony Martial: The Frenchman will partner Rooney up front for United and will hope that he gets some assistance from the midfield.

Wayne Rooney (c): Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney will look to carry on with his impressive form having scored 5 in his last 4 games.

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