Southampton have been extremely inconsistent of late, however they will likely cause the Red Devils no end of problems at Old Trafford on Super Sunday.
Manchester United have completely turned their season around over the past couple of months and they sit third in the Premier League table, a position which is under threat when Southampton come to town on Sunday.
The Saints sit a solitary point behind the Red Devils in the league table and United will be hopeful of a repeat of the scoreline when the sides last met in December, Van Gaal’s side running out 2-1 winners thanks to a brace from Robin van Persie.
The Dutch striker has been well rested for this clash after playing no part in his side’s hard-fought 2-0 victory at Yeovil Town in the FA Cup third round last weekend and he will be eager to torment the visitors’ rearguard on Sunday.
Nevertheless, Southampton are no mugs and we expect them to put up a brave fight just as they did in last season’s corresponding fixture, the south coast side going a goal down before fighting back to earn a 1-1 draw.
The Saints lost against United last month whilst suffering a huge dip in form which saw them lose five matches in succession. That is now firmly behind them however and they have dropped only two points in their last four league outings thanks to a three wins and a hard-fought draw with leaders Chelsea.
Southampton were held to a 1-1 draw with Championship high-flyers Ipswich Town last weekend in the FA Cup, however this is unlikely to have dented confidence too much and Koeman’s side will be focused on the task in hand this weekend.
Angel Di Maria scored the second United goal at Yeovil last weekend and he will certainly play a part in what will be an attacking Red Devils side, however the home defence is less than secure and the League Two side could easily have got their name onto the scoresheet. As such, we feel that Southampton will breach the United rearguard on Sunday and odds of 10/11 at William Hill for both teams to score look too good to ignore.
We’ll be going one better and backing a United win with both teams scoring at 31/10 with 888sport. The Red Devils are in top form at the moment and despite being held to a few draws recently they are nevertheless unbeaten in eleven games in all competitions and look good to claim full points this weekend.
Our betting tips
Manchester United win with both teams scoring – 888sport 31/10
Anytime Goalscorer, Robin van Persie – Bet365 13/10