Manchester United: Predicted line-up v Southampton

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Manchester United boss David Moyes' honeymoon period is over. The only way he can silence the doubters is for his side to start regularly picking up points.

The Red Devils are currently languishing in ninth spot due to their sluggish start to the Premier League season.

In fact, United's next opponents - Southampton - will remain above Moyes' side even if they are beaten at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Moyes has a number of big decisions to make regarding his starting line-up for the Premier League champions' clash with the Saints.

A number of his stars were involved in international duty - with the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernandez all clocking up air miles over the last few weeks.

Moyes is likely to be without Tom Cleverley, who was ruled out of England's matches against Montenegro and Poland with a calf injury.

Summer signing Marouane Fellaini is also a major doubt due to a wrist injury he sustained before United's 2-1 against Sunderland.

Moyes does have some good news on the injury front as Rio Ferdinand has recovered from a groin injury.

Ferdinand's return will allow Phil Jones to deputise in midfield if Cleverley and Fellaini are ruled out of Saturday's encounter.

Moyes may have one eye on Wednesday's Champions League match against Real Sociedad but he must take each game as it comes and name his strongest line-up.

Manchester United predicted starting line-up:

David de Gea


Rio Ferdinand

Nemanja Vidic

Patrice Evra


Phil Jones

Michael Carrick

Adnan Januzaj

Wayne Rooney

Robin van Persie

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