Manchester United vs Southampton : Match Preview & Prediction

December 28th, 2017

Team News

Manchester United
  • Marcos Rojo, who made his fifth Premier League appearance of the season against Burnley, is, to his credit, suspended after his fifth yellow card of the season.
  • Victor Lindelof should deputise alongside Phil Jones, with Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly ruled out, while Luke Shaw may also feature again due to Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia’s respective injury issues.
  • Anthony Martial is a doubt for the hosts, while Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick are ruled out.
  • Jose Mourinho could make a couple of changes to his XI here, with Jesse Lingard expected to start, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan may feature here.
  • Charlie Austin, Cedric Soares and Ryan Bertrand are all sidelined for Southampton.
  • Manolo Gabbiadini, Steven Davis, Dusan Tadic and Jeremy Pied could all start at Old Trafford

Match Facts

Man Utdareundefeated in 26 of their last 27 home matches (Premier League).

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Man Utd‘s last 7 games (Premier League).

Southamptonhavefailed to win their last 7 away matches (Premier League).

Man Utdhavescored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (Premier League).


  • Manchester United were made to come from behind to secure a late point against Burnley on Boxing Day and have since fallen further behind Manchester City in the title race.
  • A 5-2 loss to Tottenham means Southampton have now failed to win in seven Premier League outings, which has seen them drop just two points above the relegation zone. United have lost only one of their last 27 home league matches, so Saints’ task to return to winning ways doesn’t get much easier here.
  • While United have underwhelmed of late, the hosts should win this one.

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Denilson given stern telling off by referee for making LOVE HEART gesture to female assistant who flagged him offside

December 28th, 2017

Former Brazil international Denilson was given a telling off by a referee in a charity game – after making a romantic gesture to a female official.

Denilson, 40, was flagged offside by lineswoman Eircles Artuzi when he was through on goal attempting to chip the opposing goalkeeper.

But rather than show dissent towards Ms Artuzi, who has become something of a celebrity in Brazil because of her looks, Denilson proceeded to do the polar opposite.

He instead made a heart gesture with his fingers and aimed it at the direction of the official.

While TV cameras couldn’t exactly pick up what Denilson did, eyewitnesses claimed he clearly made the heart-shaped symbol in Ms Artuzi’s direction.

The actions didn’t go unnoticed, however, as the referee, who was also a woman, spotted Denilson’s geature and immediately ran towards him to tell him off.

Denilson ended his competitive playing career back in 2010.

He became the world’s most expensive footballer in 1998 when he signed for Real Betis for £21.5million – a club he stayed at for seven years.

Denilson’s most famous on-pitch achievement was being part of the victorious Brazil squad at the 2002 World Cup.