In the first round, the "Red Devils" won a minimum victory of 1: 0. Will the "saints" take revenge? Our forecast.
"Manchester United" has been a little stormy lately. First, the "red devils" were unexpectedly overboard the Cup of the League, losing to the Champion's representative "Bristol" 1: 2. Then came the turn of losses of credits in the Premier League matches. In the last round only before the final whistle managed to draw a home match with "Burnley" 2: 2, and before that with the same result ended the meeting at the exit with "Leicester". And missed the mankunians victory at 90 + 4 minutes.
The loss of points "Manchester United" finally buried the intrigue in the Premier League. The distance to the leading Manchester City is already 15 points. However, the group of pursuers significantly reduced the backlog. "Chelsea" has only one point less, "Liverpool" - four, and "Tottenham" and "Arsenal" - at six.
The draw with Burnley was only the second home fight, in which MJ lost points. Prior to this in the beginning of December, the Mourinho team suffered another defeat from Manchester City 1: 2. But in all other meetings of the championship in the home arena, the "devils" only won.
In the infirmary, Manchester United have Luis Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini, Eric Bayi and Michael Carrick. It is not yet clear whether Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian and Antoni Martial will be able to take part in the match.
"Southampton" in the last round fell through again. In the fight with Tottenham, the defense of the "saints" was literally trampled by the attack of "spurs" - a defeat of 2: 5. Thus, the team Mauricio Pellegrino can not win in the championship for seven matches in a row, and in the last ten rounds in the passive of the "saints" six defeats.
Such results were not slow to appear in the tournament position of "Southampton". Of the strong middle peasants, the "saints" have become a fighter for survival. Despite the 14th place in the tournament, from the departure zone of the wards Pellegrino separates just two points.
Just in the last guest games, "Southampton" played against the leaders, and did not score any points. The Saints lost to Liverpool 0-3, Manchester City 1-2, Chelsea 0-1 and Tottenham 2-5.
A serious loss for Southampton was the disqualification of key striker Charles Austin. In the infirmary are Cedric and Ryan Bertrand.