Southampton vs Manchester United Preview

After a tough start to the season, Manchester United would be hoping to record a daunting win against Southampton on Sunday, in their third game of the new Premier League season.

Even though the newly-promoted side have made some glittering and exiting transfer signings in the transfer window and have looked like a fairly decent team in the top flight so far, the Red Devils would the firm favorites to win the tie.

What follows is a short preview of the highly-anticipated game.

Team news

The game will mark Sir Alex Ferguson's 1,000th league game in charge of Manchester United and the Scott would be delighted with the news that Jonny Evans will be fit to start the game, allowing Michael Carrick to revert back to his central midfield position.

Phil Jones and Rio Ferdinand are unlikely to be involved even though the two have been back in training. Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and Chris Smalling are all unavailable for the game.

It doesn't look like that Southampton's two new signings, Maya Yoshida and Gaston Ramirez, will play any part in the game and the Saints could also be without striker Emmanuel Mayuka and former Chelsea youngster Jack Cork.

Possible Line-Ups

Southampton ( 4-4-2): K Davis; Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox; Lambert, S Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana; Do Prado, Rodriquez.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Scholes; Valencia, Kagawa, Nani; Van Persie.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

 As stated above, even though Southampton look like a promising team, at the moment, United looks just too good for the Saints and it is unlikely that the latter would be even able to squeeze out a point against the Red Devils.

Player to Watch: Robin van Persie

The Dutchman opened his Manchester United goal-scoring account with a beautiful strike against Fulham last weekend and will hoping to produce a solid display in front of the goal against Southampton.

Even though many criticized United for over-spending on van Persie, the former Gunner looks keen to prove his mammoth price tag and win over the fans and the critics at Old Trafford.

With Rooney injured, RvP will lead the team's attack and hopefully the score-sheet too.

Fun Fact: Robin van Persie was sent off on his only appearance at the St. Mary's in 2005.