Southampton return to St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon and will be looking to carry on their fine run of form as Manchester United arrive on the South Coast.
Team news ahead of the game has provided multiple clues as to how both teams might line up and how this might affect the final result.
Two draws were played out between Saints and United in the 2019/20 season but it appears the hosts this time around will be without up to four players.
In his pre-match press conference, Ralph Hasenhuttl said:
"“(Nathan Redmond) has an issue with his hamstring, not a big one but will take another seven or eight days. It was not that bad an injury but it’s there so we have to pay attention."
Redmond is a new injury issue but it is positive news that he will not be out for an extended period of time – potentially returning to contention for Saints’ trip to Brighton next weekend.
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Danny Ings will remain out for the United game but could be back into the matchday squad to face Brighton too, but Will Smallbone and Mohammed Salisu are still proving their fitness.
Theo Walcott confirmed this week that he has been playing with a broken bone in his hand since facing Newcastle at the beginning of this month, but this has and will not keep him out of subsequent fixtures.
Manchester United have problems of their own and also have a number of first-team players unavailable or potentially unavailable for selection to play Saints.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed midfielder duo Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba are “very unlikely” for Sunday before mentioning that Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka all face late fitness tests.
Luke Shaw and Phil Jones are longer term absentees, but Jesse Lingard will return after a spell of self-isolation.