Man Utd team news: Expected 4-2-3-1 vs Southampton as Solskjaer faces Van de Beek decision

Manchester United are looking for a fourth straight win across all competitions when they take on Southampton away from home today (2pm). Ma...

Manchester United are looking for a fourth straight win across all competitions when they take on Southampton away from home today (2pm).

Manchester United take on an in-form Southampton side today looking to continue their own winning run having beaten Istanbul Basaksehir comfortably in midweek in the Champions League.

Donny van de Beek shone for the Red Devils in the 4-1 win and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must decide whether or not to hand the Dutchman his first Premier League start.

Express Sport looks at the line-up United could name at St Mary's this afternoon.

Goalkeeper - De Gea

Between the sticks, David de Gea is an easy choice having looked back to his best of late.

The Spaniard made several fine saves against West Brom last weekend, including one trademark stop with his feet.

Having made several high-profile errors in recent years, De Gea is back in peak form and is the clear No 1 over Dean Henderson, despite the youngster's talents.

Defence - Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has started every Premier League and Champions League match since missing the loss over Crystal Palace and will soon need a rest, but should start here despite a minor ankle issue earlier in the week.

Victor Lindelof has been nursing a back injury of late and only played 45 minutes against Istanbul but has trained as normal for the trip to the south coast.

That should see the Swede named as Harry Maguire's partner at centre-back with Axel Tuanzebe perhaps returning to the team against Paris Saint-Germain in Europe next week instead of here.

Solskjaer said in his pre-match press conference: "We played on Tuesday then we don't have a game until Sunday, so it's been a long period for us.

"We've manage to give the boys one day off as well, in these difficult times, so they're available to play and I'm sure, if they do, that they are capable of playing again."

At left-back, Luke Shaw's continued injury absence means Alex Telles keeps his starting spot as he looks to keep Southampton's Kyle Walker-Peters quiet by being on the attack himself.

Midfield - Van de Beek, Fred

Having performed well as a pairing on Tuesday night, Solskjaer could keep the faith with Van de Beek and Fred in the middle.

The forward-thinking passing of Van de Beek makes him a more valuable addition to the side than Scott McTominay or Nemanja Matic, though they offer greater defensive protection.

McTominay isn't likely to be available regardless due to a knock.

And Dutchman Van de Beek is deserving of his first real shot in the Premier League having yet to make his first start in England's top flight.

Alongside him, Brazilian Fred has become Solskjaer's most trusted midfielder and should retain his spot.

That's with Paul Pogba also struggling to find fitness and currently finding himself out of the manager's first-choice eleven.

Attack - Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial

Up top, Edinson Cavani is an option after United performed well against Turkish champions Istanbul with the Uruguayan leading the line and Anthony Martial and Rashford out wide.

But Solskjaer has made it clear he's looking forward to Mason Greenwood being back fit as United look to rediscover the attacking form they enjoyed post-restart.

And so the Norwegian coach could offer the teenager a chance to reclaim his starting berth by lining up on the right from the off at Southampton.

From there, the rest of the front four near enough picks itself with Martial leading the line, Marcus Rashford down the left and Bruno Fernandes in the No 10 role.

Cavani, Juan Mata and Daniel James are then among Solskjaer's options off of the bench.

The United boss warned of the challenge of the Saints: "They've done well, if you look back on a 30-40 game block, they're one of the top teams.

"So they've made great improvements and we know how difficult this game is going to be.

"We drew twice against them last season so, for us, this is a game we can make an improvement on."

Predicted Man Utd XI vs Southampton (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; Van de Beek, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.

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