Manchester United fell to their first defeat of the 2019-20 campaign as Crystal Palace registered their first-ever victory over the Red Devils in the Premier League last week.
And, with injuries to Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces another potentially tricky fixture when he takes his side to St. Mary’s.
United have picked up just four points from the nine available and with Liverpool and Manchester City already beginning to create a gap, Solskjaer and co. cannot afford to fall much further behind.
So, how will the Norwegian line-up in Southampton?
Anthony Martial will be heavily missed against Southampton with the Frenchman netting two goals in the first three games. However, with Solskjaer heavily invested in youth, something Scott McTominay has recently touched on, academy graduate Mason Greenwood could come in. The 17-year-old has an astonishing record of 42 goals in 45 appearances in United’s youth ranks.
It is a different story in the centre, however, where Jesse Lingard has not pitched in with a single goal or assist in 2019 (as per WhoScored.com), which should force in fellow academy graduate Andreas Pereira, who has already assisted in his 75 minutes so far this season.
In midfield, despite Paul Pogba losing the ball which led to Palace’s winner and receiving a 5/10 for his performance, the Frenchman should remain for his creativity – last season, no Manchester United player provided more Premier League assists.
Furthermore, with Nemanja Matic not playing a second thus far, McTominay should keep his place, despite only receiving a four for his showing against the Eagles.
At the back, the injury to Shaw against Palace should make room for Ashley Young with Diogo Dalot still sidelined, whilst Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof will most likely continue to build their partnership in the centre.
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