Southampton will be looking to cause another upset against a side from Manchester when they visit Old Trafford on Monday night.
The Saints have been in fine fettle since the Premier League restarted and backed up their wonderful 1-0 win against Manchester City with a creditable 1-1 draw at Everton last time out.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the season is over for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, however recent performances have suggested that they’re still putting in a huge amount of effort in order to finish as high in the table as possible.
Manchester United have been on fire since the restart with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side becoming the first team in Premier League history to win four successive games by three or more goals following their 3-0 triumph at Aston Villa on Thursday night.
For this clash, Sofiane Boufal, Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Tella are still out with various injuries.
Here’s how we predict the Southampton side to line up:
GK: Alex McCarthy
McCarthy has had a couple of impressive outings in the Saints goal and he’ll need another one if he’s to keep out United’s lethal attack.
RB: Kyle Walker-Peters
You can’t question the fact that Southampton have looked a much better team with Walker-Peters since he came on at half-time against Arsenal.
Yan Valery seemed to have the edge in the pecking order at the beginning of the restart but Walker-Peters has overtaken him and is sure to start again.
CB: Jack Stephens
Stephens has responded well to his red card against Arsenal by only conceding one goal from the two matches against Manchester City and Everton.
We predict another start.
CB: Jan Bednarek
Hasenhuttl is a big fan of Bednarek, as illustrated by the Polish centre-back starting almost every game since the Austrian’s arrival last season.
We predict that he will partner Stephens once more.
LB: Ryan Bertrand
Bertrand had a rare off day at Goodison Park with a below par performance.
However, we don’t expect this to be enough to drop the experienced left-back so he will start at Old Trafford.
CM: Oriol Romeu
Hojbjerg returned from his knock by coming off the bench for Romeu on Thursday.
However, the short gap between fixtures may mean that he has to settle for a place among the substitutes again in order to fully regain his fitness so we’ve given Romeu another shot at starting
CM: James Ward-Prowse
It was a rare miscalculation from a dead ball situation from Ward-Prowse that contributed to the side picking up one point rather than three against Everton.
The skipper has the character to put this behind him though and will start again.
RW: Stuart Armstrong
Other than against Watford, where he was rested for Will Smallbone, Armstrong has started every game since the restart.
He looked very slick in the first-half on Thursday and is expected to keep his place.
LW: Nathan Redmond
With Saints likely to not have much of the ball at Old Trafford, players like Redmond become even more important.
He’ll need to be at his nimble best to get the side up the pitch and put them into promising situations.
ST: Che Adams
He may not have had the chance to score in consecutive games at Goodison Park, but it was still a very solid performance from Adams last time out.
His link-up play with Ings was often telepathic and showed signs that a long-term partnership could be built.
We predict another start.
ST: Danny Ings
Our inclusion of Ings means we are predicting an unchanged line-up for a third straight match.
Ings, who scored his 19th Premier League goal of the season on Thursday, is in the form of his life and will be looking to give everything in these last four matches in an attempt to make a big push for the Golden Boot.