Southampton return home on Sunday and will be playing in front of a full St Mary’s for the first time in around 17 months when hosting Manchester United.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side fell to a 3-1 defeat to Everton on the opening day of the season and will have been figuring out ways to overcome a United side who will be full of confidence after their 5-1 win over Leeds.
Saints will certainly not want a repeat of their two meetings with United from last season after a 3-2 home loss was followed by the infamous 9-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
Ahead of this weekend’s fixture, there has been some intriguing team news that could influence which way the result goes.
Southampton fully fit, United with issues to manage
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Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed that he has no fresh injury worries ahead of facing United.
All the players who played against Everton have seemingly come through that match and subsequent training sessions to give Hasenhuttl some good options to choose from when he selects his starting line-up.
Just Will Smallbone remains as the only confirmed player with an injury problem as he continues his recovery from an ACL tear sustained last season.
United’s situation is much more complex right now as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer manages a number of minor issues.
Boosts could come this weekend after Edinson Cavani was confirmed as fit to come into their matchday squad. Solskjaer also suggested that Raphael Varane was close to making his first United appearance after signing from Real Madrid last weekend, whilst Jadon Sancho is now ready to provide another strong option for his manager.
Amad Diallo and Eric Bailly could also be called on after training following participation at the Tokyo Olympics, and Jesse Lingard has come back into contention after recovering from Covid-19.
Goalkeeper Dean Henderson is still building his training workload after also having Covid-19, whilst Marcus Rashford and Alex Telles will be missing again this weekend.