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Manchester United showed their resilience in midweek, responding to the 7-0 thrashing they received at Anfield last weekend at the hands of Liverpool with a 4-1 win over Real Betis in the UEFA Europa League. Manager Erik ten Hag said he was «very grateful» for the support of the home crowd and their loyalty is certainly being rewarded with results this season, with the Red Devils unbeaten in 20 consecutive games at Old Trafford (W18, E2).

The focus now quickly shifts to consolidating a place within the top four of the Premier League (PL), with any aspirations of chasing a first title in a decade but trailing 14 points behind league leaders Arsenal, before this day. However, Manchester United certainly look well positioned to at least fend off any progress towards their top four spot, as they boast the joint best home defense in the division (GC: 8), while they have also netted against least twice in all but two of their matches in 2023 (W14, D3, P2).

Southampton make the long journey to the north of England in good spirits, having won two of their last three PL games without conceding (L1). Their latest success was a 1-0 win over Leicester, but it still wasn’t enough to impress manager Rubén Sellés, who insisted «the performance can be better» and his players should heed that warning considering the Saints they have lost more PL games against United than any other team (29).

This is a game Southampton have won just twice since 2003, but the Saints can perhaps take heart from the fact that both were 1-0 wins at Old Trafford in the PL, part of a run of just four. defeats in their last nine visits to this venue (G2, E3). They have also felt more comfortable in their away games this season, winning 12 of their 21 points away from home, but it has been an all-or-nothing story as none of their 16 competitive away games this season season finished tied (W6, P10).

Players to watch: Manchester United’s next goal against Southampton will be their 100th against their PL opponents, and Bruno Fernandes could well be the man to score it, scoring in their first game this season. His midfield rival, James Ward-Prowse, played in the Saints’ last two home wins over Manchester United, while also scoring twice against the Red Devils — both in games that ended in 3-2 defeats. for Southampton.

Highlight: Manchester United have scored at least twice in 15 consecutive home games for the fourth time in their history.