Southampton v United: The early team news

NEWS FROM THE SAINTS’ CAMP

United’s defensive issues are soothed a little with the knowledge that Southampton’s top scorer, Danny Ings, won’t be around to lead the line on Sunday.

The former Liverpool man had an operation on his knee earlier this month, as a result of an injury picked up against Aston Villa, and won’t return until December.

Winger Nathan Redmond is also set to miss the game with a hamstring injury, as is youngster Will Smallbone (thigh).

Mohamed Salisu, the centre-back who signed in the summer from La Liga side Real Valladolid, is yet to appear for the Saints due to fitness issues.

Southampton’s last line-up, for the draw with Wolves, was: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Armstrong (Diallo), Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo (Long); Adams, Walcott.

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United Women statement on latest COVID restrictions

Manchester United Women play their home games at Leigh Sports Village in Wigan, one of the ten boroughs in Greater Manchester, meaning games will continue to take place behind closed doors until further notice.

Our plans for safely welcoming fans back to Leigh Sports Village continue and we look forward to doing so, as soon as we are given the go-ahead.

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United’s December fixtures announced

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds have six league games to look forward to in the final month of the year, including the traditional Boxing Day date, and there is also the prospect of some fans being allowed to attend some of them. However, for United supporters, this is dependent on any further relaxation on the COVID-19 restrictions, with Manchester currently placed in Tier 3 by the government.

Three of the matches are at Old Trafford, with the other three on the road as the Reds look to continue to climb the table.

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Thursday Briefing: How Bruno has shocked Nani

In an exclusive column for United Review, the matchday programme at Old Trafford, Nani explains his view that Ole’s Reds can enjoy a special season with his former team-mate Bruno playing so well.

“I still watch almost all of United’s games,” writes the ex-Red. “I watch when it is possible because of my schedule here in Orlando. I always support United and I have to say they have been fun to watch. I really like the way this United team plays. 

“Obviously one or two results at the beginning of the season weren’t what we wanted, but I’m confident this team will keep getting better and better. I think we can have a special season.

“A big part of this team is Bruno Fernandes, who I used to play with at Sporting. Bruno now is a much better player than when we were playing together. He was doing great in Portugal but the Portuguese league is not the same as the Premier League – in everything there is more quality and intensity.

“I saw so much potential in Bruno and I told him to go to England if he decided to move to another league. I said to him, ‘Your game will fit there and the fans will go crazy for you!’

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