Schneiderlin hoping to sink Saints

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hi-res-3b1d5b59f90200670c80001641ba9b65_crop_northThe love affair with the United of recent is fairly similar to being mislead by a Thai lady boy.

The rush, the desire and the passion quickly decimated by the reveal of a twelve-inch python between his legs. After that initial high you’re left lost, disappointed and even a bit confused.

That is what best describes United fans at the moment. Confused.

Going from an unforgettable second half display against Liverpool that resulted in the fairy-tale no one could have predicted. Even Martin Tyler replicated surprise that he hasn’t shown since his first prostate exam.

But less than a week later you’re recovering from a shock defeat to a side that would struggle to survive relegation in the Premier League.

Take nothing away from PSV, they had a game plan and they stuck to it. The Dutch side proved that if you do the basics, execute them well and stick to the plan you’ll get the result.

Obviously the injury to Luke Shaw did nothing to help the performance, mainly because of the mental affect it had on the players but the result was a shock regardless.

Southampton at St Mary’s would be very far down the list of ideal games for a team to bounce back in, but victory would definitely be the best medicine.

This is a side that have the makings to challenge for the title, but they need the confidence to prove it.

Manchester United team news

The biggest emission on Sunday will be Luke Shaw who misses the trip to the South coast because of a broken leg.

This is a huge loss for United as the young left back has arguably been United’s best player this season.

This could lead to a major re-shuffle at the back, with Blind moving to left back and one of Jones or Rojo coming in at centre back.

Smalling and Blind have been as reliable as a Hungarian fence, asking Jones to step in would be like asking Bill Cosby to be the guest speaker at parents evening.

The bag of sand being used for roadworks on the M6 is back fit, as Wayne Rooney is likely to start tomorrow.

Southampton team news

Southampton forward Sadio Mane could be restored to the starting line-up after being on the bench last weekend.

Ryan Bertrand, Jordy Clasie, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos remain out, and Gaston Ramirez is a doubt.

Key men

After an explosive debut and a promising performance midweek many will hope that Anthony Martial leads the line against Southampton on Sunday.

The young Frenchman could see himself partner up with Wayne Rooney for the first time.

Many will be hoping Martial can inject the pace into the forward line that United need, bringing playmakers like Rooney and Mata into the game.

It is yet to be determined what United’s best front line is and how well they will work.

Sunday could be an excellent opportunity to answer both of those questions.

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William Dawson


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