Juan Mata has warned Manchester United not to forget the lessons of their 3-3 draw against Newcastle United when they take on Southampton at Old Trafford.
Saturday’s match will kick off at 15:00 GMT and will not be broadcast live in the UK. United are now unbeaten in five matches across all competitions and head into this clash with Southampton on the back of a confidence-building 1-0 win at rivals Liverpool. Victory over the Saints would further strengthen Louis van Gaal’s claim that his side can still compete for the title.
With three wins in their last four games in all competitions – including a 1-0 Premier League victory at Liverpool last Sunday – Louis van Gaal has alleviated some of the pressure on his shoulders and put United firmly back in the chase for the top four, now sitting only seven points behind leaders Arsenal.
The United players trained in the Manchester sun on Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton at Old Trafford.
Adnan Januzaj was with the squad following his return from a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, with Louis van Gaal telling MUTV the Belgian could be involved against the Saints.
Other players warming up in front of the club’s photographers included former Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, Anthony Martial – scorer of two goals in the last meeting between the clubs – and Juan Mata, who finished off a 45-pass move in that 3-2 win for the Reds at St Mary’s.
United captain Wayne Rooney, who has netted in every game so far in 2016, was also on duty. He and his team-mates appeared to be in a great mood following the win at Liverpool and they’ll be determined to build on that result with a victory over Ronald Koeman’s men.
The two sides who haven’t staged a scoreless draw since 1992 square off at Old Trafford on Saturday when Manchester United hosts Southampton. Will Southampton stun Manchester United at Old Trafford again?
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