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Rich 1st Sep 2012 - 18:04

Will the Red Devils add to the Saints blues?

After a disappointing crowd against likely fellow relegation battlers Wigan Athletic, the Saints will expect a louder and more rigorous reception with the visit of perennial Premier League challengers Manchester United.

After a seven year absence, which for fans and neutrals alike feels like much longer, Southampton's energetic return to the top flight of English football was much anticipated, and after dominating for much of the Championship, it seemed as though their form had carried over after a great performance albeit in a 3-2 loss at the Etihad. However, last week's 2-0 defeat to Wigan at home was not a good sign of things to come. Of course, some fine transfers into the club has seen Nigel Adkins break their transfer record twice, first with Burnley's Jay Rodriquez, then with Uruguayan Gaston Ramirez. If you fancy Rodriguez to score in a Southampton win, click here to view our Enhanced Anytime Wincasts.

Manchester United have also been active in the transfer market, although those unknown youngsters Sir Alex Ferguson continues to sign are unlikely to make a difference... Sorry? Oh right, that is Arsene Wenger. Yes, Ferguson was the guy who bought Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie, both of whom have impressed in their limited time in a Man Utd shirt so far. The Red Devils were impressive against Fulham going forward last week, and although they showed plenty defensive frailty, much of that is down to injury. After a cracking finish to equalise last week, Robin van Persie has immediately endeared himself to the Old Trafford faithful. Do you think RVP with score in a Man Utd win? Click here to bet now.

Losing three of their last four away trips 1-0 has seen somewhat of a turn up for the books for Manchester United; however they will look to turn that run of form around at the St Mary's, where they have won their last four. Due to the aforementioned defensive frailties, Manchester United have allowed more shots on target against them than any other team, and with Rickie Lambert a potent goal-scorer, the Saints could create some great chances. Click here to view our full range of goal markets.

Coverage of the double header on Sky Sports 1 begins at 13:00, with this game kicking off at 16:00.

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