Man United: Early team news ahead of Southampton clash

Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing midweek draw against Burnley when they host Southampton on Saturday. 

The Red Devils were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against the Clarets and will face an even sterner challenge when the improving Saints ride into town. 

The Saints pulled off a stunning 3-2 win over Tottenham on Wednesday night and will be beaming with confidence when they visit Old Trafford. 

Ahead of the match, who is fit, who is not for Man United?

Alex Telles is back in training after being forced to isolate due to COVID-19. The defender was pictured training with the rest of the team at Carrington on Thursday. 

Telles’ fellow Brazilian, Fred, is however still out after he also tested positive for the virus. 

Eric Bailly, who participated at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast, is also still unavailable after returning with a knock.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who started the draw at Burnley on the bench could however be recalled to the starting lineup. 

United will however hope Scott McTominay, who picked a minor injury against the Clarets, is fit to be in the squad. 

Southampton news

Ralph Hasenhutl will miss Lyanco, who is out for up to 12 weeks with hamstring damage, as well as Alex McCarthy, Nathan Tella, and Nathan Redmond. 

Their impressive win at Tottenham came at some cost as Armando Broja, on loan from Chelsea, was treated for a head injury, but is expected to be fit for the match. 

Tino Livramento, who has recovered from a knee problem, is likely to return to the fold at Old Trafford.

“We are more flexible technically. We have more options on the bench. I made, today, 10 changes in the starting XI and this is key when you have a week like we have now and you can trust every player. This is what we need to have. It’s easier than last season as we have quality and we can act and this is good for the manager,” said Ralph. 

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