Manchester United will hope to boost an alarmingly poor David de Gea goals against stat when they host Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
Louis van Gaal has suffered more injury woe with the news that Ashley Young requires surgery on a groin injury and could be ruled out for the rest of the season. Young limped out of last week’s 1-0 win at Liverpool just before half-time and he has now become the fourth of Manchester United’s full-back options to be ruled out ahead of Saturday’s match with Southampton.
Bastian Schweinsteiger remains sidelined with a knee injury and Phil Jones (ankle), Antonio Valencia (foot), Luke Shaw (leg), Marcos Rojo (shoulder) and Michael Carrick (knee) are also still out.
Southampton have added Charlie Austin to their squad for the trip to Old Trafford. The striker, a £4million signing from QPR last weekend, has proved his fitness following a recent hamstring injury.
Graziano Pelle is a doubt with an ongoing knee problem while Jay Rodriguez (foot) and Florian Gardos (knee) are still on the sidelines.
- Manchester United have won seven and lost just one of the last 10 Barclays Premier League games against Southampton, but that defeat came in Saints’ last visit to Old Trafford.
- Graziano Pelle has scored three goals in three Premier League appearances against the Red Devils.
- Wayne Rooney has currently scored 98 Premier League goals at Old Trafford. He hasn’t scored in five successive games in all comps for the club since March 2010 (six games).
- Manchester United have won just two of their last six Premier League games at Old Trafford (W2 D3 L1).
- Louis van Gaal’s side have scored just one first half goal in their last nine Premier League matches at Old Trafford.
- Saints have lost their last four Premier League matches on the road.
- Manchester United have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last eight Premier League games against Southampton.
- David de Gea will make his 150th Premier League appearance should he feature against Southampton.
- Of all goalkeepers to have played 30+ games for Manchester United in the Premier League, De Gea has the worst minutes per goal conceded ratio (a goal conceded every 88 mins).
- Southampton have scored a league-high 13 goals from crosses in the Premier League this season and have also netted a joint league-high nine headed goals (alongside WBA).