Southampton v Manchester United preview – Saints can rally tonight
Southampton ready to return to winning ways against a United team in transition
December 8th, 2014
Louis van Gaal will reportedly be given another humungous war chest next summer and it’s clear that this Manchester United squad could still be radically changed over the next twelve months.
Radamel Falcao was the oddest arrival last summer and Van Gaal has called for the Colombian to prove that he is match-fit before being given the chance to start for a Red Devils team who could go third in the Premier League this evening.
United are the 8/5 favourites with Paddy Power to claim victory, with Falcao once again set to be on the bench as Wayne Rooney returns to the starting XI alongside Robin van Persie.
“We had to play again within two days after the Hull City game, then I have to recover the players. Then I cannot train him. After Tuesday I can train him. And we have trained very well on Wednesday. Then Thursday they are off. I can say to him to train but, no, we have trained before that.
“Then on Friday we had a training session. So he has trained in two training sessions. But a bigger contribution is to play in the second team for 45 or 60 minutes or even 90 minutes – what Jonny Evans has done already.
“But I cannot do that because I need him because [Wayne] Rooney was injured [for Stoke]. James Wilson was injured also [for Hull]. I have to adapt to the needs of the selection. Then I selected him in spite of the fact he can only play 20 minutes at that level because the rhythm of the game in the Premier League is the highest.”
Southampton will look to bounce back from two straight defeats and Ronald Koeman won’t be simply looking for a point from this match, with the Dutchman coming up against his former master although there is no love lost between the pair anymore.
Morgan Schneiderlin is missing injured for the home side although this is still a Saints team who have won five of their seven matches at St Mary’s this term and are clearly being under-rated by the bookies.
Southampton on Draw No Bet market @ 11/10 with BetVictor