The F.A. Cup weekend provides a great distraction from League football and this is one of the juicier ties of the round for a potential upset. Who remembers the famous Southampton victories over United in the 1990’s? Saying that, the Saints have had a poor record against the Red Devils with five consecutive defeats. United showed they are no pushovers this season with a great comeback against Blackpool midweek, whilst Southampton’s defeat at Tranmere last weekend ended a six game unbeaten streak.
Nigel Adkins is adamant that wonderkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will stay at the club after the January transfer window closes, and I am sure he will be a popular pick for this game as he looks to impress in front of Sir Alex Ferguson. United are one of a number of clubs that are said to be interested in the 17-year old, and this Cup tie in front of the TV cameras will be a great stage for him to show his talents. Ferguson will be without key defenders, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Rafael da Silva with also Michael Carrick doubtful to start. There could be chance for new signing Anders Lindegaard to start in goal.
Southampton will be hoping Captain, Dean Hammond and attacking midfielder Adam Lallana pass late fitness tests but could welcome new loan signing Danny N’Guessan (from Leicester City) into the first team. It will only be the Saints’ second game on PickLive, which makes choosing a potential player trickier.The potential for an upset could be on the cards considering United will field a weaken team, however there should be enough skill to overcome the League One side.
Although Chamberlain will be one to watch, I’d recommend Saints’ forward Rickie Lambert as a PickLive player, a striker with a good eye for goal. As for United, the likes of inform Berbatov would be a viable option but Chicharito (Javier Hernandez) could be a good shout if Fergie decides to rest players. My other pick would be Nemanja Vidic who will be solid at the back and is United’s top PickLive scorer this season. Care to disagree? Then try your own luck with your PickLive FREE TRIAL and choose 3 players during the game to score you maximum points!