These two encounters last season produced memorable matches as United came from two goals down to win on the South Coast before a record-equalling nine-goal win at Old Trafford
Manchester United got their Premier League campaign off to a perfect start with a thumping 5-1 victory on the opening day over Leeds.
These two fixtures produced a remarkable 14 goals last season, with 12 of them going the way of United – who came from two goals down to win in the last minute on the South Coast before a Premier League record-equalling 9-0 win at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are unsurprisingly favourites for this fixture, which could be another high-scoring encounter.
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When is Southampton vs Man Utd?
The match takes place on Sunday August 15.
Kick off on the South Coast is at 2pm.
How can I watch the game?
The game is live on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Ultra HD.
Coverage of the event will begin on Sky Sports Premier League channel at 1pm – one hour before kick-off, while Sky Sports Main Event coverage begins at 2pm.
If you’re out and about then the match can be watched online via the website or the Sky Go app.
Man United are, expectedly, firm favourites for the match priced at 4/7, with their opponents generously available at 9/2.
For those who are sitting on the fence, a draw is priced at 16/5.
Southampton have no fresh injury concerns, with Sam McQueen and Will Smallbone their only unavailable players.
New defenders Romain Perraud and Tino Livramento are likely to start while Chelsea loanee Armando Broja is also available.
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There are no new absentees for Man United, while Jadon Sancho may be in-line for his first start for the club after coming off the bench in last week’s win over Leeds.
Edinson Cavani is available after observing self-isolation regulations while Raphael Varane is also in contention to start for the visitors – but Dean Henderson is still building fitness after recovering from Covid-19.
What’s been said?
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has pledged to make the game “as uncomfortable as we can for them (United)” after claiming that their opponents made a “massive statement” with their opening day 5-1 win over Leeds.
Speaking of summer signing Adam Armstrong, Hassenhuttl added: “He can score goals, he can work in a team, he knows how to press and I know he can help us.”
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said ahead of the game: “That game [last season’s 9-0 win] was a one off. That’s a special game when you have a lad sent off in the first minute. With Ralph’s teams you get high energy, high pressing and belief in themselves. They give you a great challenge. We know every time we travel down there it’s a very difficult game.
“You want to silence the home crowd. I know that’s not going to happen when it’s the first game at St. Mary’s in 18 months, it will be loud, but we have to do that. We have to manage the game so that the away fans are the ones that are heard.”
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