Manchester United are back in Premier League action, after a 1-0 win in Champions League. That victory against Young Boys means there are no worries about qualifying for the knockout stages of the European competition and the focus should now move onto domestic matches. The first one is this Saturday, against Southampton.
A trip to the south coast has usually been a good thing for the Devils in the past years, as there were just some draws here and there. Southampton are without a home win over United since 2003 and that is something the players should be looking to prolong. They are travelling to a team without a win in the past three months, the only team in the league with a single win and a team with the third worst attack in the league.
So, apart from a victory from the Devils, here are three things we would like to see from them this Saturday.
Full Control From Start To End
This is something we also mentioned a couple of times in the past weeks, but we cannot close our eyes behind it, as that is something Jose Mourinho’s players are yet to fulfil. Simply, United are not winning many matches right now and even when they are, those victories are coming after big comebacks or scrappy late goals. This time, we want something different.
Southampton are basically a perfect team for that. Their attack is pure, mostly in realizing the chances they create, as they are not too bad in creating them, in a way Palace actually were last weekend. Next to that is their chaotic defence, something Mark Hughes’ teams tend to have problems with and the Devils should be very confident in this match. They should start strong and an early goal could make this a comfortable win in which there were no hiccups or silly mistakes.
Diogo Dalot And Luke Shaw As Starting Full-Backs
Okay, it is to be expected to see Luke Shaw start this match, as he is in fine form, but it would be also a good thing to see Diogo Dalot on the opposite flank. Mourinho talked about him finally being ready. Dalot has been training with the team in the past two weeks, following injury issues and this match could be a great opportunity for him.
Having a teenager at right-back and a 23-year old at left-back could be a great thing from a symbolic viewpoint, as Man United fans often protest when there are two 30+ year old wingers-turned-full-backs instead. This could be a chance to see the players which could potentially be the future of this club.
Martial And Rashford As Centre-Forwards
It is not really likely to see Man United start with two forwards in this match, but let’s throw in a wildcard. Why not? Marcus Rashford is more of a striker anyway, while Martial could be that vibrant player alongside him who would roam and get himself into a bit wider positions, as that is his nature, and be a help to an otherwise lonely Rashford up top.