Southampton v Man United: Jose’s men can triumph at St Mary’s

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Manchester United have been edged out in their last two away games, but that shouldn’t deter you from backing them at St Mary’s, with Jose Mourinho’s men boasting an excellent record against Southampton.

Of the last 16 meetings between the pair, the Red Devils have won 12. But even more impressively, they’ve triumphed in nine of their 10 visits to the Saints’ modern home.

However, Saints have netted on six of those nine occasions – so the 17/4 for United to win and both teams to score should prove popular.

And we think Wayne Rooney could be the man to make the difference for the visitors on Wednesday night.

The 31-year-old has upped his game since Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s injury layoff, netting in three of his last seven outings.

Having also scored five career goals against Southampton already, we fancy he’ll come good on the 21/10 to net anytime. However, there could be even better value in the 6/1 for the England forward to be Last Goalscorer for the third time in under a month.

As for the Saints, it’s hard to look beyond Manolo Gabbiadini, who terrorised the United defence in the League Cup final, scoring twice, and he’s 15/8 to register again here.

Meanwhile, if you’re in the market for a realistic long-shot, look no further than the 33/1 on Man United to win 3-2.

The Red Devils have won four of their last 16 meetings with the Saints by that scoreline, with two of those taking place on the South Coast. So a repeat of the feat looks very generously priced.

In the match betting, Southampton are 31/20 for victory, with Man United 7/4 and the draw priced up at 23/10.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.