Manchester United will resume its chase for a top-four finish and a UEFA Champions League berth when it hosts a dangerous Southampton side on Saturday morning, knowing a win would momentarily vault the Red Devils into fourth place.
Southampton (10th, 28 points) is coming off one of its best performances of the season in a 3-2 road win over Tottenham on Wednesday and promises to pose a serious challenge with its hard-working press. Young forward Armando Broja had a goal in that match and will look to continue a productive run of four goals in his last nine league matches.
Man United (sixth, 39 points) will have an extra day of rest after being held to a 1-1 draw by last-place Burnley on Tuesday. It finds itself in a scrap with the likes of West Ham (40 points), Arsenal (39 points) and Tottenham (36 points) in the chase for the final Champions League berth that comes with a fourth-place finish.
Sporting News will be following the match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Manchester United vs. Southampton live score
MUN — Jadon Sancho (Rashford, Fernandes) — 22nd min.
(All times Eastern)
Halftime: Manchester United 1, Southampton 0
Halftime: It’s been a typical Manchester United performance thus far with a positive start and a first goal, but Southampton came on strong as the half progressed. The Red Devils clearly need more goals to avoid drama in the second half. We’ll see if Man United have the fortitude to hold strong. In recent matches Ralf Rangnick’s men haven’t proven they respond well to adversity.
46th min.: A wide-open Paul Pogba slots it home on a feed from Cristiano Ronaldo, but Ronaldo was clearly offside at the start of the play and the flag eventually comes up. Goal disallowed.
41st min.: It’s been all Southampton of late. Minutes after a Kyle Walker-Peters ball crossed the face of the goal, Stuart Armstrong gets a shot in the Man United box off a throw-in, but he can’t make good contact and Man United ‘keeper David De Gea holds on.
35th min.: Stuart Armstrong with a blast that finishes wide for Southampton. It comes after a Saints move which involved teammate and central midfielder Oriol Romeu, who is now pushing higher up the field instead of dropping back between the center backs.
32nd min.: YELLOW card for Scott McTominay after a foul on Mohamed Elyounoussi, who needs treatment. Elyounoussi wide left looks to be the most dangerous of the Southampton players so far. Armando Broja and Che Adams are starving for some service.
28th min.: Sancho and Rashford have now switched flanks for Man United. That was Sancho’s second league goal after scoring at Chelsea back on Nov. 28. When Southampton gives the ball away, Man United — especially Sancho and Rashford — is always ready to spring the breakaway.
22nd min.: GOAL Man United. Another sensational Man United counter. A beautiful Bruno Fernandes ball down the right launches Marcus Rashford, who continued his run into the box and fed Sancho at the far post for the easy finish. There are more goals in this one.
16th min.: YELLOW card for Marcus Rashford for a hard, sliding tackle on Romain Perraud. The two are battling down the flank (Rashford is the right winger so far vs. Southampton’s left back).
10th min.: After a chance for Southampton (Che Adams couldn’t get his header around the ball), Man United goes on the counter but Jadon Sancho doesn’t feed Ronaldo and the Portuguese star did not appreciate it as the chance is wasted. Energetic start by both sides at Old Trafford.
7th min.: Ronaldo chance! Sancho sends him through and Ronaldo beat the ‘keeper, but he was casual with his shot on goal and Southampton’s Romain Perraud and Mohammed Salisu clear off the line. The Ronaldo goal drought continues.
1st min.: We’re off at Old Trafford and it’s Southampton kicking off the match.
6:44 a.m.: Here’s the reason for Edinson Cavani’s absence with Cristiano Ronaldo taking his place in the starting lineup:
Teams for this afternoon. Cavani not involved as he’s got a ‘groin problem.’ pic.twitter.com/gMjZaje7Ri
— Charlotte Duncker (@CharDuncker) February 12, 2022
Manchester United vs. Southampton lineups
Ralf Rangnick makes one change in the starting lineup that faced Burnley with Cristiano Ronaldo getting the start over Edinson Cavani (groin) at center forward. Fred is unavailable after a positive COVID test, and Eric Bailly (ankle) and Nemanja Matic (shin) are out injured. Alex Telles is still not ready to start after a bout with COVID-19, but he is available off the bench.
Manchester United starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 1-David De Gea (GK) — 23-Luke Shaw, 5-Harry Maguire (captain), 19-Raphael Varane, 20-Diogo Dalot — 39-Scott McTominay, 6-Paul Pogba — 25-Jadon Sancho, 18-Bruno Fernandes, 10-Marcus Rashford — 7-Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United subs (9): 26-Dean Henderson (GK), 2-Victor Lindelof, 27-Alex Telles, 29-Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 4-Phil Jones, 14-Jesse Lingard, 46-Hannibal Mejbri, 8-Juan Mata, 36-Anthony Elanga
No starting lineup tweaks are necessary for Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, who brings back the same XI that helped it to a 3-2 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. Tino Livramento is available on the bench after a recent knee issue. The right back has not featured in the last six matches.
Southampton starting lineup (4-4-2, left to right): 44-Fraser Forster (GK) — 15-Romain Perraud, 22-Mohammed Salisu, 35-Jan Bednarek, 2-Kyle Walker-Peters — 24-Mohamed Elyounoussi, 6-Oriol Romeu, 8-James Ward-Prowse (captain), 17-Stuart Armstrong — 10-Che Adams, 18-Armando Broja
Southampton subs (9): 13-Willy Caballero (GK), 21-Tino Livramento, 43-Yan Valery, 5-Jack Stephens, 19-Moussa Djenepo, 20-Will Smallbone, 27-Ibrahima Diallo, 7-Shane Long, 9-Adam Armstrong
How to watch Manchester United vs. Southampton
- Date: Saturday, Feb. 12
- Time: 7:30 a.m. ET
- USA & Canada TV channel: None
- USA streaming: Peacock
- Canada streaming: DAZN
Saturday morning’s match is exclusively available on NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock, in the United States.
The Premier League in Canada is available exclusively live and on demand via DAZN.
Manchester United vs. Southampton betting odds
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
- Moneyline: Man United -180/Draw +330/Southampton +500
- Spread: Man United -0.5 (-175)/Southampton +0.5 (+155)
- O/U 2.5 total goals: Over -180/Under +145
- Both teams to score: Yes -160/No +125