A winning start to the season, a first in the Premier League and a ‘soft opponent’ for match day two.
At least two of those statements are true, as United become the first club to play a Friday night fixture in the league and are on a roll after a convincing opening game win. Southampton however, have proved anything but a straightforward opponent in recent encounters at Old Trafford.
Southampton had a fantastic end to last season, with a run of four wins in five, while United somewhat stuttered over the line.
But much has changed since then, with both teams now operating under new managers and with significantly altered teams on the pitch.
United have not lost in six at home, and there is a growing sense that Mourinho wants to make Old Trafford an intimidating fortress once more.
The KickOff algorithm is predicting a United win (40% likelihood) and Under 2.5 goals to be scored (56% chance). United are also picked as the team to score first (49%), with the most likely scoreline a 1-0 win for United or 1-1 draw, and a 50% chance that both sides will score.