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St. Mary's Stadium (ATT 31,609) 2nd September 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: M Dean

Southampton Southampton vs Manchester United Man Utd

Southampton 2

R Lambert (16)
M Schneiderlin (55)


Man Utd 3

R van Persie (23, 87, 90+2)

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Adkins hoping his side can claim first point of the season

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Nemanja Vidic: Manchester United captain has called for focus

Nemanja Vidic: Manchester United captain has called for focus

Manchester United will be looking to produce a convincing performance at Southampton after a stuttering start to the season.

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  • Manchester United have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other team in the Premier League this season (13).
  • Robin van Persie was sent off in his only appearance in the Premier League at St Mary's.
  • Saints were the top scorers on home soil in the Championship last season, netting 49 goals.

The Red Devils were beaten by Everton in their opening game before edging past Fulham at Old Trafford last weekend and captain Nemanja Vidic has called for the team to be more focused.

That may be necessary in the absence of Wayne Rooney through injury, but it also presents an opportunity for Robin van Persie to cement his status as the club's No.1 forward.

While United were left devastated after being edged out by Manchester City last season, Southampton earned plaudits for their narrow 3-2 defeat bythe champions on the opening day.

After the praise for that spirited performance came the reality check as Saints were beaten 2-0 at home by Wigan last weekend.

With trips to Arsenal and Everton lined up later in the month, the pressure is in danger of mounting early on for the newly-promoted side.

But it's worth remembering that when these teams met in the FA Cup just last year they were separated by two divisions.

And yet, the Saints team on Sunday is likely to feature more players who played that day than United's will.

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Southampton's two new signings are unlikely to feature on Sunday.

Japan defender Maya Yoshida, who captained his country at the Olympics, is back in his native country to play in the upcoming internationals.

Zambia striker Emmanuel Mayuka is also unlikely to feature after signing during the week, while former Chelsea trainee Jack Cork (ankle) remains a doubt.

Other than that Adkins has a strong squad to chose from.

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Jonny Evans is set to return for Manchester United's trip to Southampton on Sunday.

Evans has recovered from a summer ankle operation and will partner Nemanja Vidic in central defence.

Phil Jones (back) and Rio Ferdinand (groin) are back in training but unlikely to be involved, while Wayne Rooney (thigh), Ashley Young (knee) and Chris Smalling (foot) are all out.

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • Forster 23 Forster
  • Clyne 2 Clyne
  • Fonte 6 Fonte
  • Yoshida 3 Yoshida

  • Bertrand 21 Bertrand
  • Ward-Prowse 16 Ward-Prowse

  • Cork 18 Cork

  • Schneiderlin 4 Schneiderlin
  • Long 7 Long
  • Pelle 19 Pelle
  • Tadic 11 Tadic

Team taken from Southampton vs Swansea City (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 20th September 2014

  • De Gea 1 De Gea
  • Rafael 2 Rafael
  • Evans 6 Evans

  • Blackett 42 Blackett
  • Rojo 5 Rojo
  • Blind 17 Blind
  • Herrera 21 Herrera
  • Di Maria 7 Di Maria

  • Rooney 10 Rooney
  • van Persie 20 van Persie
  • Falcao 9 Falcao

Team taken from Manchester United vs Leicester City (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 21st September 2014

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 5 13
2 Southampton 5 10
3 Aston Villa 5 10
4 Arsenal 5 9
5 Swansea City 5 9
6 Manchester City 5 8
7 Leicester City 5 8
8 West Ham United 5 7
9 Tottenham Hotspur 5 7
10 Hull City 5 6
11 Liverpool 5 6
12 Manchester United 5 5
13 Stoke City 5 5
14 Everton 5 5
15 Crystal Palace 5 5
16 West Bromwich Albion 5 5
17 Sunderland 5 4
18 Queens Park Rangers 5 4
19 Burnley 5 3
20 Newcastle United 5 3


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