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

So'ton Southampton vs Manchester United Man Utd

So'ton 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

  • Davis K 1 Davis K
  • Clyne 2 Clyne
  • Fonte 6 Fonte
  • Alderweireld 17 Alderweireld
  • Bertrand 21 Bertrand
  • Wanyama 12 Wanyama
  • Davis S 8 Davis S

  • Long 7 Long
  • Djuricic 15 Djuricic

  • Mane 10 Mane
  • Pelle 19 Pelle

Team taken from Southampton vs Manchester City (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 24th May 2015

  • Valdes 32 Valdes
  • Valencia A 25 Valencia A
  • Smalling 12 Smalling
  • Jones 4 Jones
  • Rojo 5 Rojo
  • Blind 17 Blind
  • Mata 8 Mata

  • Herrera 21 Herrera
  • Young 18 Young

  • Di Maria 7 Di Maria

  • Rooney 10 Rooney

Team taken from Manchester United vs Hull City (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 24th May 2015

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 38 87
2 Manchester City 38 79
3 Arsenal 38 75
4 Manchester United 38 70
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 64
6 Liverpool 38 62
7 Southampton 38 60
8 Swansea City 38 56
9 Stoke City 38 54
10 Crystal Palace 38 48
11 Everton 38 47
12 West Ham United 38 47
13 West Bromwich Albion 38 44
14 Leicester City 38 41
15 Newcastle United 38 39
16 Sunderland 38 38
17 Aston Villa 38 38
18 Hull City 38 35
19 Burnley 38 33
20 Queens Park Rangers 38 30


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