Monday night presents a perfect chance for Southampton to claim that elusive win against a big side.


Caragher is convinced Southampton have a chance on Monday v Manchester United.

The Saints great start to the season has been a surprise to most of us but the back-to-back defeats against Manchester City last Sunday and Arsenal midweek showed Ronald Koeman's side couldn’t pass their first major test for a top-four position.

On Monday night, Southampton play Manchester United who recorded a fourth successive Premier League win after a 2-1 win against Stoke City at Old Trafford, and former Liverpool defender Carragher believes the Saints will give Manchester United a tough game on Monday night.

"I think Southampton will be looking at Monday’s game – along with the last two against Man City and Arsenal - as bonus games really¸” Carragher wrote in his Sky Sports column.

“No one was expecting Southampton to get anything from these three games but on the other hand you don’t want to lose three on the bounce. I watched their last two games and in the City game, from start to finish, City were much better.

The Sky Sports pundit reckons Southampton were unlucky because they conceded a late goal at the Emirates on Wednesday night and they also didn’t take their chances during the clash.

"But I watched the Arsenal game and they were very unfortunate," he said. “It is not just because of Alexis Sanchez’s late goal but they had an excellent chance to take the lead through Graziano Pelle early on and overall they played well, they never really looked in too much trouble.

"They went down to 10 men because of the injury to Toby Alderweireld and they suffered with that but they definitely deserved a draw and if they put in a similar performance at home I think they’ll give United a really tough game.

"St Mary’s has been a really tough place to go to for a few years now – initially, while under Mauricio Pochettino, Southampton took some big scalps.

"Ronald Koeman has come in now and done a great job but they are yet to really beat what you would call a top team, the sort of side that you would class as a higher quality.

"From Tottenham and Liverpool away at the start of the season they have always come up short even though they played well, they never really took a big scalp and I think Monday presents a perfect chance for them to claim that elusive win against a big side.

Written Thinkfootballideas staff


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