Back to business
With England confirming their place at next summer’s World Cup after a 2-0 win against Poland on Wednesday night, it's back to business as usual for the domestic calendar this weekend.
October 17th, 2013
After beating Swansea at St Mary’s before the international break, Southampton will be looking to continue their excellent league form and defensive record as they head to Old Trafford. Their intentions will be to capitalise on a United team currently going through a period of change under new boss David Moyes.
The Saints defence has been extremely watertight so far this season, leaking just two goals in seven games. That’s good enough to see them ranked 2nd in all of Europe’s top leagues. Only Roma – who have only conceded one goal – are above them in that table.
It’s clear that Southampton have sacrificed some of their attacking responsibilities in an attempt to stop the goals going in at the wrong end of the pitch and so far, it looks to be working. Rickie Lambert and Dani Osvaldo look to be developing greater understanding of each other’s game the more they play together, and both have been unlucky not to score more goals this season.
Games against Manchester United are never easy, regardless of when you play them. But after the Saints picked up maximum points from Swansea and away at Liverpool, the Saints players certainly shouldn’t fear anyone in the Premier League.
Southampton will go to the home of the current Premier League champions knowing that a win would put them on 17 points with a chance to climb even higher towards the summit of England’s top division.
Saints fans are loving life at the moment. Long may that continue…