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Southampton vs Man United

Published:Friday | December 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM

SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)

FORSTER, BERTRAND, CLYNE, FONTE, ALDERWEIRELD, WANYAMA, SCHNEIDERLIN, TADIC, S. DAVIS, MANE, PELLE

UNITED (4-4-1-1)

VAN PERSIE, FALCAO,

MATA, CARRICK, FELLAINI, HERRERA,

YOUNG, ROJO, SMALLING, VALENCIA, DE GEA

Southampton are enduring their worst run of the season with only one point from three, including successive defeats, the latest at Arsenal on Wednesday where they lost 1-0. They remain the hardest team to score against having conceded just 10 goals all season.

The Saints remain in third place, 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea. They are also difficult to overcome at home. In seven games at St Mary's, they have won five, drawn one and scored 17 - the most at home of any Barclays Premier League team. In addition, their four goals

conceded at home are the

second fewest in the division (Chelsea have three).

Manchester United, meanwhile, are enjoying their best run under manager Louis van Gaal. On Tuesday, the Reds beat Stoke 2-1, a victory that followed hard on the heels of Saturday's 3-0 win over Hull. After those two Old Trafford successes United are looking to improve their poor away form at St Mary's.

In six away games so far, they have won just once. If they were to beat Southampton it would represent United's best sequence of victories for 12 months.

United have a good recent record at St Mary's Stadium, winning two and drawing one of their last three league visits there. They last lost there in August 2003.

Southampton, miss Jay Rodriguez and James Ward-Prowse while there remains a doubt over key midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who missed the game at Arsenal with a thigh injury.

United, meanwhile, miss Angel Di Maria while Daley Blind is a doubt. Phil Jones is also missing while Wayne Rooney undergoes tests on a knee problem.