Southampton v United preview

Martial will be one of the key players for United in this game. Image: Sky Sports

Ahead of Saturday’s Premier league clash with Southampton at St. Mary’s stadium, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave some updates on the team. Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw who both picked up injuries in the Crystal Palace game will be unavailable for this match.

“They’re doing okay, but they won’t be involved in the game,”explained Solskjaer to MUTV, prior to his pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex. “They’ll need the international break. Hopefully Anthony is ready for the Leicester game and Luke maybe another week or two after that.”

“They’ve got slight injuries that they picked up in the game against Palace, and in one respect, it’s a positive time to get it, because it’s the international break for them, and they won’t miss many games.”

United will not have Alexis Sanchez available after he was sent to Inter Milan yesterday on a season-long loan. Diogo Dalot is unavailable, but is expected back during the upcoming international break. Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are still sidelined with injuries.

Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo are in discussions with other clubs and could leave the club before the Sept. 2 deadline that’s in effect for rest of Europe.

As for Southampton, they may be without some key players for the match. Nathan Redmond picked up an ankle injury in Tuesday’s win over Fulham in the Carabao Cup. Manager Ralph Hassenhuttl confirmed later that he wasn’t sure whether the winger would play against United. Ryan Bertrand may not be available since he missed the last two matches.

This is a match that United should win, but then again I also said that with the Crystal Palace game. But Southampton only got their first win against Brighton Hove & Albion last week where they won away 2-0. But they may be without some key players because of injuries.

So they could have a weakened squad. However, they’re playing at home and after losing two out of their first three games they will be motivated to win at home in front of their fans. United just has play in a professional manner and take their chances and defend well and not take this team granted and we’ll be fine. We can’t afford to lose any further ground on the top four teams.

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