Manchester United to Face Southampton Tonight (July 13, 2020)
If Man Utd can finish as one of the top four in the Premier League table or should Man City’s ban stand for the next season, United will be qualified for the 2020-21 edition of the Champions League. Will they? Tonight’s match against Southampton plays a part in this for sure.
As for Southampton, they have had recent good results and have beaten Norwich City, Watford, and even Manchester City lately. So, Man Utd will probably have a hard time defeating them!
Which venue and what time?
The game will be hosted by Manchester United, as already mentioned, at Old Trafford with no fans present due to governmental measures against the coronavirus. The match is scheduled for 20:00 BST tonight (Monday), July 13, 2020.
Man Utd vs Southampton, which TV channels broadcast it?
In UK, it is on Sky One, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event set for 20:00 BST. MUTV subscribers can also watch the match in the Match Day Live Show with live commentary on 18:55 BST.
Also Man Utd Season Ticket holders have been offered two months of free access to MUTV Digital and can not only watch the match highlights on the next day but other exclusive content. The game is also broadcast free-to-air on Pick (Freeview channel 11).
The game could also be watched on NowTV if you pay for their £9.99 day pass or £25 three-month pass. As for the Sky Sports subscribers, they can livestream the match via SkyGo and the SkyGo app, if they have already bought the app’s £9.99 monthly pass.
Who will be the referee?
Chris Kavanagh will referee tonight’s clash between Man Utd and Southampton. It is his first time to referee a game at Old Trafford and his fourth time that he has taken charge of a Man Utd game.
Assistant referees for tonight’s match will be Sian Massey-Ellis and Scott Ledger with Anthony Taylor assuming the role of the fourth referee. And Lee Mason and Marc Perry will be in charge of VAR monitors based in Stockley Park.
One interesting fact about tonight’s referee (Kavanagh) is that Man Utd have never won when he has officiated the game! Will they end the curse tonight?!
Possible Man Utd line-up for tonight’s match against Southampton
Man Utd boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will probably retain his first 11 men in the past 4 games for tonight’s match. If so, it would be the first time since 1993 that Man Utd have played with the same first team in five consecutive league games.
"There's so many things you have to consider when you manage a team. We've got players here champing at the bit, but also those that are in the rhythm… If we don’t get too many injuries, there’s no reason to change too much when you’re doing well.” said Man Utd boss about his first 11 men, not revealing much about them. However, the possible Man Utd line-up for tonight’s match will be as follows (with 4-2-3-1 formation):
- Goalkeeper: David de Gea
- Defenders: Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bassika
- Defensive Midfielders: Matic, Pogba
- Attacking Midfielders: Rashford, Fernandes, Greenwood
- Attacker: Martial
A Brief look at the history of Man Utd, Southampton clashes in the Premier League
Manchester United and Southampton have faced each other 41 times in the Premier League history. Man Utd have won 26 of these 41 clashes and Southampton only seven, while the rest 8 have ended in draw.
So, by these records, Man Utd has the upper hand in tonight’s match. All in all, Man Utd’s odds of winning tonight’s match are 1 to 3 while Southampton odds are 1 to 10.
For tonight’s match, Man Utd have only two players sidelined: Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe, while Southampton have four unavailable players, namely Sofiane Boufal, Yan Valery, Nathan Tella and Moussa Djenepo.
As for the teams’ form, Man Utd have won their last 5 games and Southampton have not been beaten in their last 3 matches. They even beat Man City, who are currently standing on the second position in the league table, last Saturday (July 5, 2020) in an away match at Etihad Stadium. This might increase their odds of winning? You tell us!