By John Ryan
- United travel to the South-Coast to face Southampton
- United face six away games in the next seven
Twenty one years ago Manchester United traveled to the Dell and lost 6-3. It was the middle game in a trio of successive defeats away to Southampton all under different managers.
The result sent shock waves through the club. But despite the magnitude of the defeat United bounced back to win the Premier League that season.
In a week of strange happenings Romelu Lukaku had to appeal to United fans to stop singing a song about him. And lower league Burton Albion rested nine players in a cup tie at the Theatre of Dreams.
We can be glad that the Premier League has returned.
Southampton have made an art form of replacing manager after manager and sustaining Premier League status.
Pochettino and Koeman have moved to bigger clubs. And despite leading the Saints to last season’s League Cup final against their upcoming hosts Claude Puel was moved to the exit door and replaced by Mauricio Pellegrino.
Southampton have made a decent start to life under their Argentinian manager. With eight points from their first five games they have a decent season on the horizon.
Manchester United are still trying to undo three seasons of under performing but this Autumn’s’s start offers more hope.
Thirteen points twenty three goals scored and joint top of the table has United fans finally looking forward to better days ahead.
Six Away Games In The Next Seven
Manchester United face six games away from home in the next month.
United look powerful and with Lukaku in sparkling form. The midweek League Cup game offered Jose Mourinho the chance to look at his options without the Belgian hitman.
Having praised Anthony Martial’s attitude this season. The Portuguese will be happy with the attacking talent he has available for this game.
With Paul Pogba the only first team regular out of action right now. United will approach this game with Fellaini and Matic anchoring midfield which allow for three attacking players to play behind Lukaku.
Charlie Austin returns to the starting line up for the hosts after an injury. While controversial Liverpool target Virgil Van Dijk could start in defence.
Steven Davis has asked the Southampton fans to get behind the team. knowing they will need the fans to help them if they are to take anything from this game.
Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn on the Lukaku song in the pre-match press conference and is looking more and more like someone very comfortable in the United hotseat.
With both himself and Pep Guardiola enjoying a blistering start to the season in the Premier League. Manchester is the home of sexy football and United should prove too powerful for Pellegrino’s men this Saturday.
A three o’clock kick off is strange for United fans to contemplate and the long journey to the South Coast should bring the best out of the away day Reds who always give the team their unwavering support.
Verdict – Lukaku to pick up where he left off and score another two in a 3-1 win.