Manchester United hosts Southampton in round 25 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, February 12th at Old Trafford (Manchester)
Ralf Rangnick’s team is in sixth place in the Premier League standings with 39 points after 23 matches. Manchester United gained 11 victories and six draws and suffered six losses. The team had a bad start to February. The Red Devils, who were on a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions, were eliminated from the FA Cup by Middlesbrough from a lower division. The regulation and extra time ended with a score of 1-1, and the representatives of the Championship were more accurate in the penalty shootout (7-8). On February 8, Manchester United lost points in the away match against the weakest team in the league, Burnley (1-1). The Mancunians opened the scoring thanks to a goal by Paul Pogba, but Jay Rodriguez leveled the score immediately after the break.
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Ralph Hasenhüttl’s team is ranked 10th in the standings with 28 points. Southampton has six victories, ten draws, and seven defeats after 23 matches. The team has shown decent results in recent weeks. In nine matches in all tournaments, the Saints lost only to Wolverhampton (3-1). They advanced to the 1/8 finals of the FA Cup and scored four points in two Premier League matches against stronger opponents. Namely, Southampton took away points from Manchester City at home (1-1) and beat Tottenham away (2-3). In the match against Spurs, the Saints were losing twice, despite the goal of Armando Broja in the middle of the 1st half. The turning point came in the last 10 minutes of the match, when Mohamed Elyounoussi and Che Adams took advantage of assists from James Ward-Prowse.
The last visit to Old Trafford ended in failure for the Saints. On February 2, 2021, they lost to the Red Devils with a score of 0-9 and suffered one of the biggest defeats in the history of the Premier League. In this championship, the teams shared points at St. Mary’s Stadium (1:1). Manchester United and Southampton have often exchanged accurate shots in previous head-to-head matches, and the upcoming game may reinforce this trend. The Red Devils have scored in four out of the last five home games. Ronaldo and his partners will probably breach the unstable defense of the Saints, who conceded in the last 12 matches of the Premier League. At the same time, one cannot underestimate Southampton’s attack, which scored at least once in seven previous rounds. The team from Manchester regularly made flaws in defense and took the ball out of their net in six out of seven previous games in the championship.