José Mourinho sides traditionally come good in their 2nd season under his tutelage, and if early signs are to be trusted then that pattern looks set to be repeated at Old Trafford this season. Manchester United have flown into the start of their campaign, repeatedly putting 4 goals past their opponents and earning many plaudits along the way.
Midweek saw Burton Albion visit United in the League Cup, and whilst the Championship side put in a spirited performance, they were no match for their hosts’ flying forwards. Marcus Rashford grabbed himself a brace whilst Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard also found the net in what was a comfortable victory.
With so many players amongst the goals, Mourinho has something of a selection headache ahead of this weekend’s trip to Southampton. These are the problems managers love, however, and the Portuguese will be confident of getting the balance right once more. This is the XI we expect him to go with:
Phil Jones and Eric Bailly appear to have established themselves as the first choice partnership at center back this season, and it’s easy to see why. Together they have a perfect combination of pace, power, guts and composure, and United have kept clean sheets in 50% of the Premier League matches in which they have started together.
The continuing absence of Paul Pogba may be an issue, but in Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini United have a pair of players ready to step up alongside the ever-impressive Nemanja Matić. United have won each of the last 3 games Fellaini and Herrera have started together, and will be confident of continuing that run here.
In attack, Marcus Rashford looks set to be given the nod ahead of Anthony Martial despite both impressive hugely in midweek. Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan finish off the XI, with both in flying form in the early weeks of this campaign.
Overall, it’s an incredibly strong United side and one that has been fully deserving of their billing as joint Premier League leaders thus far. Another victory here looks by far the most likely outcome, and with odds of 25/1 available for new Betfair customers it’s undoubtedly one of the bets of the weekend.