GK: David De Gea
After sitting out the first few games, United’s No.1 goalkeeper has signed a new contract and returned to the first 11. A good outing against Liverpool makes him the obvious choice.
LB: Daley Blind
I expect Blind to replace Luke Shaw in the left back position. Since he often played there last season, it shouldn’t be hard for him to adapt.
CB: Marcos Rojo
With Luke Shaw out for the next 6 months and Daley Blind likely to shift to left back, Rojo becomes an obvious replacement for the Dutch international at centre-back before Phil Jones regains full fitness.
CB: Chris Smalling
Looking increasingly like the leader United lacked throughout the last season, Smalling has been one of United’s best performers this season and should lead the defence once again tomorrow at St. Mary’s.
RB: Matteo Darmian
His attacking prowess, combined with defensive diligence, has earned him comparisons with Gary Neville and won him the August Player of the Month award at Manchester United. His good form is sure to earn him a spot in the side.
CM: Michael Carrick
Nobody controls the midfield better than he does, but with fitness being an issue, he is likely to be substituted in the 65-70th minute.
CM: Morgan Schneiderlin
Fans would love Bastian Schweinsteiger to start tomorrow, but who knows the conditions at St. Mary’s better than Morgan Schneiderlin, who spent 7 years at Southampton?
AML: Memphis Depay
Skill, pace and a killer shot, he has all the right attributes to succeed. Memphis hasn’t been able to perform at his best in the Premier League so far, but a player of his calibre can’t be left out and has to make it to the first 11.
AMC: Wayne Rooney
Van Gaal was delighted to hear that his captain would be available for today’s game, hopefully we’ll get to see him playing in the No.10 position. With United acquiring an out-and-out striker in the form of Martial, Captain Wayne can drop back and cause problems in the space behind. Perhaps this could be the key to England’s all-time top scorer ending his goal drought for United.
AMR: Juan Mata
Mata has been instrumental in every victory of ours this season. Making crucial runs, escaping from defenders, performing set piece duties, Mata has been a key man, and is an obvious choice for Louis van Gaal.
ST: Anthony Martial
The pressure is on the young man. After an explosive entry into the Premier League, netting the 3rd goal and securing the points for United last weekend at Old Trafford, what better opportunity can the 19 year old French youngster get to show the world that he is not a one match wonder?
3rd placed United go in as the favourites, but an away game at Southampton is never an easy one. With Victor Wanyama in the midfield and Fonte at the back, scoring isn’t going to be easy for United. However, the clash promises to be a mouth-watering one as the two Dutch managers do battle.