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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

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R Lambert (16)
M Schneiderlin (55)

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

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Adkins hoping his side can claim first point of the season

Last Updated: 31/08/12 5:08pm

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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.

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.

Opta Facts

  • 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.

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-2-3-1
  • Gazzaniga 25 Gazzaniga
  • Chambers 22 Chambers

  • Fonte 6 Fonte
  • Lovren 5 Lovren
  • Shaw 23 Shaw
  • Cork 18 Cork

  • Schneiderlin 4 Schneiderlin
  • Davis S 8 Davis S
  • Ramirez 10 Ramirez

  • Lallana 20 Lallana
  • Lambert 7 Lambert

Team taken from Southampton vs Cardiff City (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 12th April 2014

4-2-3-1
  • De Gea 1 De Gea
  • Jones 4 Jones
  • Smalling 12 Smalling
  • Vidic 15 Vidic
  • Evra 3 Evra
  • Carrick 16 Carrick
  • Fletcher 24 Fletcher

  • Valencia 25 Valencia
  • Kagawa 26 Kagawa
  • Welbeck 19 Welbeck

  • Rooney 10 Rooney

Team taken from Manchester United vs Bayern Munich (UEFA Champions League) on Wednesday 9th April 2014


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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Liverpool 34 77
2 Chelsea 34 75
3 Manchester City 33 71
4 Arsenal 34 67
5 Everton 34 66
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 60
7 Manchester United 33 57
8 Southampton 34 48
9 Newcastle United 34 46
10 Stoke City 34 43
11 Crystal Palace 34 40
12 West Ham United 34 37
13 Hull City 33 36
14 Aston Villa 33 34
15 Swansea City 34 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 34 32
18 Fulham 34 30
19 Cardiff City 34 29
20 Sunderland 33 26

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