FRIDAY night Premier League football is here and Man United v Southampton will be competing with Dundee v Hamilton for TV audiences.
I know which one I’ll be watching – and Jordan will be keeping an eye on events from Old Trafford.
He says: As a United fan I have kept emotions fairly level over the summer and taken the transfers with a pinch of salt. Obviously there is a hype around Old Trafford this season but I’m keeping my feet firmly on the ground. Okay, we’ve looked better going forward and Bailly has settled in well at the back but there is nothing to warrant Southampton being so long tonight.
With the debut of Pogba almost a certainty there’s going to be heaps of pressure on United getting a victory and that’ll likely play into Southampton’s hands. Chris Smalling has been cleared to play, and if he does, it’ll be the first time he and Bailly will have stood beside one another in the heart of defence.
Bailly has been solid but it’ll be a learning curve for the both of them tonight against the quick and nimble Southampton forwards of Shane Long and Nathan Redmond who was deployed as a striker in his debut last week. Southampton have a good record scoring against us, doing so in every game since their promotion in 2012, with two 1-0 wins in the last two visits at Old Trafford.
We may win but I think Southampton will get their chances and will be very dangerous on the counter. I think United are being given too much respect by the bookies and you can get Southampton to score at 10-11 withbut I’m taking BTTS as I don’t think it’ll be Southampton’s third 1-0 win in three attempts at Old Trafford.
English Premier League – (8pm)
Manchester United v Southampton BTTS