Manchester United v Southampton: Match Preview

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Manchester United v Southampton;

Premier League; Old Trafford;

Wednesday, 30th 2013; 20:00 KO.

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Robin Van Persie is set to return to the Manchester United starting line-up after missing the FA Cup win over Fulham, with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic also in contention.

Ashley Young is out with a knee injury, whilst Jonny Evans remains on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.

Southampton have Adam Lallana available once again after two months out with knee ligament damage, whilst Vegard Forren is in line for a debut at Old Trafford.

Guly Do Prado and Jose Fonte both miss out with knee problems for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Saints boss hails Ferdinand & Scholes

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has hailed the professional attitude of Manchester United duo Rio Ferdinand and Pail Scholes.

The Argentine, who replaced Nigel Adkins at St. Mary’s less than a fortnight ago, played against the England pair at the 2002 World Cup, when David Beckham’s penalty helped the Three Lions to a 1-0 win.

And, more than a decade on, the former defender is preparing his players to face two ‘amazing athletes’ at Old Trafford.

"I am not surprised by their professionalism and how they have maintained themselves over the years,” said the former Espanyol chief.

"I know they are amazing athletes, they take care of their bodies and their fitness. As a manager, I am very happy to see them still playing, it makes me proud to see players can last that long, which is all down to their professionalism."

Up-front, Red Devils chief Sir Alex Ferguson has a selection dilemma, with Robin Van Persie back in contention after being rested at the weekend.

In the Dutchman’s absence, Wayne Rooney struck in a 4-1 win against Fulham, and club legend Dennis Law believes the former Everton starlet can challenge for the all-time goals record at Old Trafford.

"When you see some players in and around the penalty box, you don’t think they’ll score. But, with Rooney, you never think that,” the Scot told Inside United.

"Along the way, I obviously beat someone else’s total [to get to 237] so it’s something that is always going to happen in football. I was happy to beat someone else and it’s inevitable that Rooney will beat mine.

“I said when he first joined the club that if he can steer clear of serious injuries, he’ll be the record goalscorer for Manchester United, there’s no doubt about that."

Rooney currently has 191 goals for Manchester United, and is 58 behind Sir Bobby Charlton at the top of the list.

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