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Manchester United are back in action days after taking on Real Betis in the Europa League when they host Southampton on Sunday.
The Red Devils came crashing back to earth last Sunday when they were battered by Liverpool at Anfield but have one foot in the next round in Europe after inflicting some punishment of their own on Betis on Thursday night.
Erik ten Hag’s side are third in the Premier League and will hope to increase the gap between themselves and the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle with a win here.
GK: David de Gea – Distribution from the back got called into question after some ropy passes against Betis. Last clean sheet came four games ago in the Carabao Cup final against Newcastle.
RB: Diogo Dalot – Has grabbed an assist and four clean sheets in league games at Old Trafford this season.
CB: Raphael Varane – The 7-0 defeat surpassed Varane’s previous heaviest defeat – a 5-1 loss to Barcelona back in 2018.
CB: Lisandro Martinez – Was toyed with by Mohamed Salah at Liverpool but has a different challenge this week in the form of the physical Che Adams.
LB: Luke Shaw – Criticised his teammates for the performance at Anfield but was labelled “appalling” himself by Gary Neville.
CM: Casemiro – Came off at Liverpool to see his side concede two more goals. Much more assured in the middle against Betis.
CM: Fred – Has six goals in all competitions this season, his highest tally in his five campaigns with United so far.
RW: Antony – Grabbed United’s second against Betis. Still searching for his first assist.
AM: Bruno Fernandes – Widely lampooned after the Liverpool debacle but gave a much more complete performance on Thursday, setting up Antony’s strike before scoring United’s third.
LW: Marcus Rashford – Has never hit 30 club goals in all competitions for a season but is closing in on the landmark after getting his 26th of the campaign against Betis.
ST: Wout Weghorst – Gave a very emotional reaction to scoring his second United goal in midweek. Should get some aerial joy against Southampton’s centre back.
On this edition of The Promised Land, part of the 90min podcast network, Scott Saunders and Rob Blanchette discuss Bruno Fernandes’ inspired response in the 4-1 win over Real Betis, concerns over David de Gea’s kicking ability and whether Aaron Wan-Bissaka should be recalled.
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