After losing their two opening fixtures against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford, Man United got their season up and running when they secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday night following a resounding collective performance.
Jadon Sancho scored the opener early in the first half before Marcus Rashford doubled United’s lead shortly after the second-half. United looked like they would finish the game with all three points and a clean sheet due to solid performance at the back but somehow, Mohamed Salah pulled a goal back late in the game and that was all the visitors could do.
The Sweden international proved worthy of Ten Hag’s trust when he provided the assist to Sancho’s opener, although he came close to opening the scoring early on in the game when his effort was denied by the woodwork.
The Dutchman also dropped Harry Maguire to favour a new centre-back pairing that consisted of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane and the result was a revelation. I don’t see him making a change on his back four.
Although Casemiro completed his first Manchester United on Thursday, I expect the former Ajax manager to continue with the midfield trio he used on Monday night but I wouldn’t be surprised if the ex-Real Madrid midfielder got the nod ahead of Scott McTominay and Fred to start alongside Christian Erisken in a double pivot.
Ten Hag surprised the whole lot when he started his two new signings Eriksen and Martinez against Brighton & Hove Albion on the opening day of the season. And as a result, I wouldn’t rule out a Casemiro debut start this weekend.
I strongly feel Anthony Martial will return to the starting lineup after his cameo against Liverpool played a key role in United’s victory over Liverpool.
The Frenchman was the favourite to lead United’s front line against Brighton but a muscle injury ruled him out of the game as well as United’s 4-0 loss to Brentford.
Southampton vs Manchester United [Predicted starting lineup]
GK: David de Gea
DF: Dalot, Martinez, Varane, Malacia
MF: McTominay, Eriksen, Fernandes
FW: Sancho, Martial, Rashford
Although Erik ten Hag admitted dropping the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire was a difficult decision, he’s more likely to maintain the same backline from last game and the only change to the frontline would be Elanga.