Southampton vs Manchester United Preview
Manchester United will look to achieve back-to-back victories at the start of their 2021-22 Premier League season when they head to St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon to face Southampton.
The Red Devils opened their campaign with a 5-1 home win over Leeds United last weekend, while Southampton suffered a 3-1 loss to Everton at Goodison Park in their first game of the season.
Southampton are in their 10th consecutive season at this level of football, but the team’s recent top-flight results in England will be worrisome to club fans, especially during summer when a pair of extremely important players are they have gone in search of new pastures.
The Saints finished 17, 16, and 15 in three of their past four seasons, and their form in the second half of last season was particularly troubling; actually, it was their results in the first half of 2020-21 that allowed them to stay out of relegation problems heading down the stretch.
Money has been spent on players like Adam Armstrong and Romain Perraud, but Danny Ings and Jannik Vestergaard, two vital players for the club, have gone to Aston Villa and Leicester City, respectively.
Armstrong was on the scoreboard in Southampton’s 2021-22 opener against Everton last weekend, but the Toffees responded with three second-half goals to record a 3-1 win, meaning confidence It won’t exactly flow into the team before the Man United clash.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team has a busy end to the month as they will face Newport County in the EFL Cup on August 25 before traveling to Newcastle United in the Premier League three days later, and it will be fascinating to see how the season unfolds. for the Hampshire team.
Meanwhile, Man United sent a message in their first game of the season last weekend, with Bruno Fernandes scoring three times in a 5-1 win over Leeds, while Mason Greenwood and Fred were also on the roster.
Paul Pogba came up with four assists in a game that debuted Jadon Sancho, and it was the perfect start to the season for the 20-time English champions, who announced Raphael Varane before kick-off against the Whites, and the Frenchman is already there. in contention to make his first appearance this weekend.
Man United finished last season without any trophies but reached the FA Cup quarter-finals, the EFL Cup semi-finals, and the Europa League final, while advancing in the league, finishing second, albeit at 12 points. the champions Manchester City.
The Red Devils will know a strong start is required if they want to be serious title challengers, and their next five in the league after this are against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Aston Villa, and Everton, before a trip. to Leicester City in mid-October.
Man United’s away form last season was excellent, remaining undefeated in 19 games, scoring 43 points in the process, while they have not been beaten away in the Premier League since January 2020 against Liverpool, who it’s an amazing record.