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Southampton vs. Manchester United

St. Mary's Stadium

04-01-2009

16:00

Manchester United Preview

The time has come, what everyone in the red half of Hampshire has been waiting for...Manchester United at home. With the majority of the F.A Cup 3rd round being played today, Saints fans are teased as they wet their lips at the prospect of seeing the current English, European and World champions in live action. And of course it is a sell-out with Manchester United as you would assume, bringing over four thousand supporters.

Manchester United have not been beaten in the 3rd round of the F.A Cup since 1984, which is just one of Manchester United's records. However, it is the F.A Cup and miracles can happen.

Nevertheless, you can't hide from the fact that Southampton's home record is the worst in the league, having only won once, way back in September.

United, on the contrary, sit 3rd in the Premier League with two games in hand. But, their away form isn't perfect having only won four away from Old Trafford, drawing four and losing two.

Whatever happens, regardless of the result, the young Saints will be looking to impress in front of the Setanta cameras. Generally speaking, Jan Poortvliet's side have played better when the pressure is off them - so this factor may play into the hands of the Hampshire side.

Vital Quotes: Matthew Le Tissier on the match:

Le Tissier told the Daily Echo: 'It will be great to see the stadium full again. Hopefully that will inspire the players, although it didn`t seem to do too much against Nottingham Forest when there was quite a lot in.'

"They`re huge underdogs, but they`ve got nothing to lose, that`s the great thing. They can be completely relaxed about the whole day."

Southampton Team News:

Saints midfielder Andrew Surman has recovered from an ankle injury and may start tomorrow, while 19 year old Morgan Schneiderlin is also fit and looks to start in the heart of the Saints midfield.

Saints starlet Adam Lallana, however, will face a late fitness test to determine if he is fit following an ankle injury picked up in training.

Winger Lee Holmes is doubtful after aggravating his quad.

Player to watch: David McGoldrick

The Saints striker has been facing a lot of criticism from fans following his recent goal drought and lack of effort. However, after a strong performance against Reading last Sunday and a goal to his name, McGoldrick will be looking to show the nation what he can really do.

Manchester United Team News:

Carlos Tevez is resting in Argentina, so a start for Wayne Rooney could be on the cards.

Captain Rio Ferdinand will miss the match due to back spasms in his back.

Player to watch: Rafael Da Silva

The Brazilian youngster has shined at right back, and manager Sir Alex Ferguson will surely give the gifted defender a start tomorrow.

Rafael notched a fine strike against Arsenal this season, however it was too late and the Red Devils lost the match 2-1 at the Emirates.

Match Facts & Stats

United haven't been knocked out of the 3rd round since 1984, a 2-0 defeat away to Bournemouth, maybe the south of England can once again prevent the English giants from entering the 4th round once again.

The last time the two sides met, Manchester United ended the Saints' 27 year spell in the top flight of English football and the Saints will want revenge against United.

Ref Watch:

Mr. Mike Riley (West Yorkshire)

Match Prediction:

Realistic Prediction: Saints 0 - 2 Man United... But it is the cup, and anything can happen!!

Next Fixtures:

Barnsley (A) Saturday 10th January




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The Journalist

Writer: Abe Hawken Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 3 2009

Time: 3:33PM

Your Comments

Cannot wait for this one!! I would love a draw - so Saints fans can go back to a big stadium again...it's been too long!! Up the Saints!!
abesaint
Same here! We can win! Stranger things have happened...
sfc123
Yeah i know, would be amazing for a win...the stadium will be packed and buzzing like sheffield united and southend in the past few years. I'm praying for the cup to work its magic this year! COYR!!!
abesaint
SAF to play strongest team. Be real please.
eastneydave
Good guess Abe - 0-3 only one goal out.
eastneydave
well you didnt really expect anything did you.....even the ref knew they would win....and he helped to make sure as well didnt he....!!
lincolnblue
Every time i come on this site there are more of us blues than the odd zebras. i thought the scummers were hard done by hard luck you lot-no sarcasm intended
plymouth graham
Hi, i come in peace. A couple of years ago when spurs came to st marys ,before the game you played a tune, we sing jermain defoe he is a yiddo to it. anyone know what it was, thankyou.
n17 yid
you are going to lose again.
lil blackpoolgas
 

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