Southampton vs Manchester United prediction 23/09/2017

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Manchester United head to St Mary’s on Saturday off the back of a convincing 4-0 thrashing of Everton in the Premier League last weekend.

The four goals scored in 90 minutes by Jose Mourinho’s team versus the Toffees is as many as this weekend’s hosts Southampton have scored in their five Premier League games combined this season.

Indeed, Mauricio Pellegrino’s side have had some real problems in front of goal with striker Manolo Gabbiadini finding little supply and only scoring once so far this season.

Meanwhile, United have scored a whooping 16 goals in their opening five games and kept four clean sheets in the process.  They were held 2-2 at Stoke City in their last away game but I expect Mourinho’s side to bounce back with three goals on the road this weekend.

The Saints could hand a first start of the season to Virgil van Dijk after he came on at the very end of the 1-0 win at Crystal Palace last weekend for his first start of the season.  It would be the first time he’s played alongside Wesley Hoedt should his fellow countryman get the nod ahead of Maya Yoshida.

United have goal threats all over the park – Romelu Lukaku is averaging a goal a game up front since his £75 million move from Everton over the summer, whilst both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have started the season on fire down the left.  Henrikh Mkhitaryan broke his duck last weekend and was a frequent goalscorer with both Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund previously.

Juan Mata also has an eye for goal whilst Marouane Fellaini already has two to his name this season.

Southampton’s lack of threat up front should ultimately lead to their demise this weekend and I think Manchester United are great value to pick up all three points on Saturday.

Best bet: Manchester United to win is 1.86 with Betfair
Value bet: Manchester United to win to nil is 3.1 with Betfair

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