Southampton continue their tough round of fixtures when they host Manchester United. Ronald Koeman will be without Jay Rodriguez, James Ward-Prowse, Sam Gallagher, and Morgan Schneiderlin. In addition to his injured stars, the Saints are still waiting for the all-clear on Dusan Tadic, Jack Cork, and Toby Alderweireld, all who are still a doubt for the match. With both Schneiderlin and Ward-Prowse unavailable, Victor Wanyama and Simon Davis are likely to be the selected pair in the heart of midfield. It is unlikely that Koeman will sit back and defend as they hope to avoid a third consecutive loss.
Manchester United (4-3-2-1): De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Young, Fellaini, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Van Persie, Falcao
The biggest blow for Manchester United will be whether Wayne Rooney is fit for their trip to St Mary’s Stadium. Although reports confirm that the club skipper is fully recovered, it is still unsure whether Louis van Gaal will risk him. Angel di Maria, who limped off against Hull City, is still a doubt and is highly tipped to be left out of the squad this weekend. Good news is that Radamel Falcao could be deployed straight from the kick off alongside Robin Van Persie with Juan Mata continuing his role behind the pair. Should Rooney be deemed fit, Mata may lose his place or Van Gaal may need to do some shuffling. Defensively, United will likely have to go with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young as the two full backs in order to cope with their injury concerns.
— Edward (@stayupandpartyx) December 5, 2014
Poor Southampton, going to be hard for them during this December period. Manchester United third soon
— AnneMUFC (@AnneisUnited23) December 4, 2014
It ended all square the last time the two teams faced each other in what was the final game of the 2013-2014 season, marking a terrible campaign for the Manchester United as they finished seventh. The Red Devils will have a challenge on their hands as they travel to a new and improved Southampton side with third place up for grabs.