Southampton vs. Manchester United: Where to Watch Premier League, Live Stream, Team News and Odds

The feel-good factor that surrounded Manchester United after its opening day thumping of Chelsea has dissipated at a rate of knots.

A 1-1 draw away at Wolverhampton was followed by a 2-1 defeat at home against Crystal Palace last week, which marked the first time United has lost to the Eagles in the Premier League era.

United looked lethargic on the ball for most of the game and it has become increasingly clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team tends to be largely ineffective when unable to counter attack at pace.

As teams found out towards the end of last season and as Palace showed on Saturday, the best form of defense against United is to sit deep and allow it to have the ball.

Solskjaer did not address the chronic lack of a creative playmaker in the summer and United stutters against teams who are happy to sit back and slow the game down.

With four goals and two assists in the Premier League since May 2018, Jesse Lingard has struggled to make an impact on games and it would not be overly surprising to see Paul Pogba pushed further up the pitch with the England international dropped.

Pogba might have to step up again to take a penalty, should United be awarded one against Southampton on Saturday.

Marcus Rashford scored a penalty in the opening game against Chelsea, but the Frenchman took the responsibility himself against Wolves, only to see his effort saved.

Rashford stepped up again against Palace but hit the post, a miss which proved costly in the grand scheme of things.

If progress has slowed on the field, Solskjaer has been ruthless off it as he continues to overhaul his squad. In the last couple of days United has loaned Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan and Chris Smalling to Roma, while Matteo Darmian is set to join fellow Serie A side Parma on a permanent deal. Southampton could prove a tricky opponent for United, particularly as it arrives into the weekend on the back of its first win of the season.

The Saints won 2-0 at Brighton and only narrowly lost at home to Liverpool two weeks ago, showing they are capable of testing some of the bigger clubs.

Playing at home, however, might not necessarily be a good omen for Southampton given the home team has won just three of the last 15 Premier League meetings between the teams, losing seven times.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday.

Paul Pogba, Manchester United
Harry Maguire and Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on August 24 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Visionhaus/Getty

When and where is the game?

Southampton hosts Manchester United at the St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday, August 31, with kick-off scheduled for 12:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. ET).

United came back from 2-0 down to draw the corresponding fixture 2-2 last season.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast live on NBCSN.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via the NBC Sports website, NBC Sports Gold and the NBC Sports app. Live stream for selected games will also be available via fuboTV.

Form

Southampton picked up its points of the season last weekend, winning 2-0 away at Brighton. United, meanwhile, suffered an unexpected defeat at home at the hands of Crystal Palace, losing 2-1 to a late Patrick Van Aanholt goal.

Team news

Southampton will be without Nathan Redmond who picked up an ankle injury earlier this week, while Moussa Djenepo and Michael Obafemi are also out because of muscle problems.

United will be without Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw until after the international break which runs until mid-September, while Diogo Dalot is sidelined along with long-term absentees Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Odds

According to Oddschecker, United is an 11/10 favorite, while Southampton is at 14/5 and the draw is at 49/20.

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