England: Premier League
Match start: 18:30 (GMT+1)
After the last, really circus performance that was performed by one of the best teams of Europe during the home meeting against Burnley 2:2 (0:2), the coach of the Mancunians Jose Mourinho has demanded from the Glazer family the strengthening of the starting line-up.
We will remind, the Portuguese expert became the new head coach of MU in summer 2016. During this time the three-time champion of Europe has spent for strengthening of the starting line-up €350 million (sextet of new football players). This is the attacking midfielder of Juventus Paul Pogba (105 million), the forward of Everton Romelu Lukaku (85), the holding midfielder from Chelsea Nemanja Matić (45), the attacking midfielder of Borussia Dortmund Henrikh Mkhitaryan (42) and also two center backs Villarreal and Benfica, respectively, Eric Bailly (38) and Victor Lindelöf (35).
Crucial goals of the grandee from Manchester
During the second half of the English season the most titled club of the EPL is facing two main tasks - a vice-champion title in the national championship and the most successful movement through the tournament net of the Champions League. We will remind that the Spanish Sevilla that has dismissed the head coach Eduardo Berizzo last week will be the nearest rival of the MU.
Necessity of signing the Spanish stars
It is obvious that after long recovery that was received as a result of very severe injury the legendary Swedish goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimović is only a name of the former star goal-scorer.
And now for successful overcoming of the Spanish barrier, Jose Mourinho wants to rely on two stars of modern La Liga. We speak about the forwards of Atlético and Real and these are Antoine Griezmann and Gareth Bale who have to become partners of the Belgian center forward of the MU Romelu Lukaku in the nearest future.
Undoubtedly, now the possible new trio of the forwards of MU Griezmann - Lukaku - Bale is rather strong. But so far the Portuguese expert has only the Belgian forward and Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Zlatan Ibrahimović. Will such combination of forwards be enough to beat Southampton that is absolutely helpless today? The answer is yeas!
Man United – 1.40, draw – 4.75, Southampton – 7.90;
MU (Asian handicap -1) - odds 1.59