Southampton will take on Manchester United in their first home game of the new Premier League season on Sunday afternoon, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side looking to bounce back after their 3-1 defeat against Everton on the opening day of the campaign.
Saints fans won’t need reminding what happened when they faced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side last season and given the way the Red Devils played last weekend, it’s clear that Hasenhuttl’s side will have to be at their very best if they are to avoid defeat at St Mary’s.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Hasenhuttl to line his side up, with five changes from the team that started in the defeat at Goodison Park last time out…
After a disappointing return to the side at Everton, Alex McCarthy is relegated to the bench for this one, with Fraser Forster returning in between the sticks.
There are two changes in defence, as Kyle Walker-Peters provides a more defensively secure option than 18-year-old Tino Livramento at right-back, whilst Jan Bednarek partners Mohammed Salisu at centre-back, with Jack Stephens missing out.
Theo Walcott, who reportedly earns £75k per week at Southampton, was one of the poorer performers against Everton last weekend, so Stuart Armstrong replaces him on the right-hand side.
Moussa Djenepo is replaced by the exciting Nathan Tella on the left, with the youngster deserving a start after his performances in pre-season.
Adam Armstrong and Che Adams keep their place up front, with their performances last weekend two of the few bright sparks at Goodison.