Southampton have had a very good season as they will finish eight place this season despite the result against Manchester United. Having not lost three consecutive games heading into the final day, Mauricio Pochettino may want to continue that form. Their manager may name the same team in the next match but may give extra playing time for his younger players. Morgan Schneiderlin could be replaced with youngster James Ward-Prowse in midfielder to give him the chance to gain some experience. Up front, Sam Gallagher could be given another start as the young striker could be given a bigger role next season. The club have their own injury concerns with Maya Yoshida, Gaston Ramirez, and Jay Rodriguez all out.
Manchester United (4-4-1-1): De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Fletcher, Kagawa, Mata, Van Persie
Having selected a younger squad for what may be Ryan Giggs final home game in charge of Manchester United, the legendary Welshman may turn to his more experienced players to finish the season away at Southampton. Giggs may even make another appearance in the match as he aims to score a goal to continue his record of scoring in all of his Premier League campaigns. With Rafael looking to be fit for the match, he might get the start as Phil Jones recently suffered a shoulder injury in midweek. With Wayne Rooney still a doubt for the match, Robin van Persie can get a start up top with Juan Mata playing the supporting role. Jonny Evans continues his time on the sidelines with an injury while his defensive partner Nemanja Vidic is set to play his final game in a Manchester United shirt.
@ManUtd Southampton’s match is the first real test for Ryan Giggs tactically.
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Southampton produced a great performance against Manchester United, even denying a Robin van Persie penalty. However, the Dutchman came back from his penalty miss to score two goals to add to his earlier strike. A van Persie hat-trick gifted United a 3-2 victory in action packed encounter.
Robin van Persie should be given the head up to start his teams final match of the campaign as the striker looks to come back from an injury with more goals. Having scored one in his previous match coming on as a substitute, he looks to add more to his tally of 12.
Southampton vs. Manchester United: An Alternative Preview
Only Chelsea (nine), Arsenal, Liverpool (both eight) and Manchester City (six) have won more Barclays Premier League home games against Manchester United than Southampton (five).
Robin van Persie has scored five goals in five Barclays Premier League appearances against Southampton (four in three for Man Utd).
Southampton have already achieved their highest ever Premier League points tally (55).
Manchester United (63 points), on the other hand, will finish the season on their lowest ever points tally in a Premier League campaign regardless of the result in this game (previous lowest was 75 points in 2003-04 & 1996-97).
However, should Manchester United win this game they’ll finish the season with more points away from home than any other side (currently 33 from 18 away games).
Southampton have lost each of their last four Premier League games played on a Sunday.
Manchester United have won just two and lost five of their 10 Premier League games on a Sunday this season (W2 D3 L5).
Manchester United are the only side in Premier League history to have won more than two points a game on average in the month of May (2.03).
Manchester United have conceded the highest proportion of goals from outside the box in the Premier League this season (21%).
Adam Lallana has created more goalscoring chances than any other English player in the Premier League this season (69).