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Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Southampton

6:00 PM SGT 1/3/19
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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Saturday

After picking up a 12th win in 15 games in Wednesday's 3-1 triumph at Crystal Palace, Manchester United's wounded warriors are straight back into action against Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side took the points in south London despite a mounting injury list which made eight senior players unable to travel, with Marcus Rashford also unavailable until the closing stages due to an ankle problem.

But he will be hoping that the extra couple of days of preparation ahead of the weekend's game will give him more options as Ralph Hasenhuttl's relegation strugglers come looking for a crucial win.

Man Utd Injuries

Rashford's late introduction against Crystal Palace may pave the way for him to start on Saturday following his recovery from an ankle injury.

Anthony Martial could return after the hamstring problem he suffered against Paris Saint-Germain more than two weeks ago.

Juan Mata and Ander Herrera remain on the sidelines after they were both substituted in the first half against Liverpool last weekend with hamstring injuries, while Nemanja Matic is out with a muscle issue he suffered in training in the lead-up to that game, and club captain Antonio Valencia again sits out due to a calf injury.

Matteo Darmian is back in training after recovering from injury so could be an outside shot for contention, but Phil Jones' recent illness means he will miss out.

Marcos Rojo was back on the bench at Selhurst Park and should again be available if needed by Solskjaer.

Man Utd Suspensions

Neither side have any suspensions, but former Southampton defender Luke Shaw will be ruled out of the trip to Arsenal and the FA Cup quarter-final match at Wolves if he is booked at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Man Utd Potential Starting Line-Up

Solskjaer has admitted he will have to go with a very similar-looking line-up on Saturday to the one which took on Crystal Palace.

Marcus Rashford should return, with Diogo Dalot either reverting back to his familiar right-back spot or making way completely.

There could be movement at the back given the options available to Solskjaer in the defensive line as opposed to the injury issues he has across midfield and among the attackers.

Anthony Martial could start instead of Alexis Sanchez, but Solskjaer won't want to risk the Frenchman unless he's 100 per cent with PSG to come on Wednesday.

Southampton Team News

Mario Lemina's abdominal problem continues to rule him out while there is also doubt over Danny Ings after manager Hasenhuttl confirmed before the midweek win over Fulham that the striker had missed training due to injury.

Opta Match Facts

  • Manchester United have won just one of their five home Premier League games against Southampton since Sir Alex Ferguson retired (W1 D2 L2) – under Ferguson, they won 13 out of 14 against the Saints at Old Trafford (D1).
  • Southampton have drawn their last two league matches against Man Utd; they haven’t avoided defeat in three consecutively against them since May 1989 (five games).
  • Since the 2013-14 campaign, only Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion (3) have won more away Premier League games at Old Trafford than Southampton (2).
  • In Premier League history, Manchester United have come from behind to win eight matches against Southampton, a joint-record in the competition with Manchester United also coming from behind eight times to win against Newcastle and Chelsea doing so against Sunderland.
  • Southampton have won just one of their last 33 Premier League games against ‘big six’ opponents (D9 L23), beating Arsenal 3-2 in December.
  • Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge, Man Utd have won at least five more Premier League points than any other side (29).
  • Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has been involved in nine goals in his last 10 Premier League appearances against Southampton (7 goals, 2 assists), though both his goals against Saints for Man Utd have been scored away from home.
  • Romelu Lukaku’s brace against Crystal Palace for Man Utd last time out means the Belgian has now scored at least 10 goals in each of his last seven seasons in the
    Premier League.
  • Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse has scored four Premier League goals this season – he’s never scored more in a single campaign in the competition.
  • Man Utd’s Paul Pogba has recorded 20 Premier League goal involvements this season (11 goals, 9 assists), matching his best return in a single campaign in the top five European leagues (8 goals, 12 assists in 2015-16).

TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time

Kick-off is 3pm GMT (10am ET) on Saturday, but will not be shown live in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBCSN in the United States, and on various channels around the world.