Manchester United travel to St Mary’s in what promises to be a riveting contest between two sides who are vying for the third spot in the Barclays Premier League. United defeated Stoke in a closely fought 2-1 victory last week at Old Trafford to pick up their fourth consecutive win of the season and move into the familiar top four slot.
Southampton vs Manchester United
Venue – St Mary’s
Date – 9th December 2014
Time – 1:30 AM IST
Where to Watch Live / Live Streaming Information:
The match begins at 7.45 pm GMT (1.15 am IST ) and 2.45 pm ET with live telecast on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD1. The game can also be watched live streaming online on Star Sports online.
TV coverage in the UK will be on BT Sport and the live streaming online is available via BT Sport Online Player or Watch BT Sport Online. For those in the US, TV NBC Sports will show it live while the game can also be watched Live Streamed online at NBC Sports Extra.
Australia viewers can Live Stream the action Fox Sports On Demand, while viewers in Canada can catch it from Sportsnet online. Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match via Live Streaming online courtesy Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub-Saharan African fans can watch it at SuperSport online. South America viewers can watch the game on DirectTV or DirectTV online.
It has been testing times for United under the Van Gaal regime, but the side has coped up well as of late after a few embarrassing performances in the first half of the season.
Southampton on the other hand has been the most impressive team of the season so far. Despite losing some big names in the summer, the Saints have conjured up a great side and put in stellar performances to remain in the top four.
Once a team that looked like it could dethrone Chelsea from their perch, the Saints suffered a setback after two consecutive defeats at the hands of Arsenal and Manchester City. They now have to do some rebuilding to gain back the lost form and what a better place to start at than home? United have been poor in their travels picking up just one away win all season.
Southampton on the other hand look a solid side at home. This is what will perhaps sway the odds to Koeman’s side come Wednesday.
Manchester United – LWWWW
Southampton – WWDLL
Key factors in the match:
The addition of Wayne Rooney to the United attack will boost the morale of the entire side. The England captain recovered from a knee injury and is fit to feature in the match according to manager Louis Van Gaal. United will however miss the services of Angel Di Maria who continues to miss out matches owing to a hamstring problem.
Injuries to key players Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin will only dent Southampton’s hopes. But the prospect of attacking an inexperienced Manchester United defense will be the Saint’s game plan. This all Dutch managerial duel promises to be cracker of a contest as the race for the 3rd spot heats up.
Telegraph UK – 1-1
BBC – 1-1