The Premier League is back after the international break, and the Red Devils are up against the Saints this weekend. I'm expecting a close match at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have had a terrible start to the season and this could be a transitional period for the club. Until now, they appear to have lacked the hunger to win. United fans will be hoping to see them improve and show a good performance against Southampton.
The champions have avoided back-to-back home defeats in the Premier League since May 2002. They would be aiming to keep this record by beating Southampton. Wayne Rooney has been the main man for United this season and if they are to beat the club, the United no.10 has to provide the required inspiration.
Despite the poor start to the season, United fans expect the club to at least finish in the top four. They are currently in a disappointing ninth position.
Southampton, on the other hand, have had a great start to the season and currently occupy the Champions League play-off spot. Mauricio Pochettino's plan to take the Saints into Europe seems well on course. Up to this point, they have the best defensive record in the top flight and it will be tough for United to break them.
This is a must win game for United. They lost to West Brom and were lucky to win against Sunderland. Now, they are up against the high-flying Saints. They must win this one.
It is the manager's job to make sure that the team has the right mentality before they set foot on the pitch. David Moyes or Pochettino? Only time will tell which of these two managers succeeds in providing the required inspiration.
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