Newly promoted Southampton will take on Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United at the St Mary’s Stadium today.
Nigel Adkins’ men face another difficult fixture having already played, and lost, to reigning champions Manchester City, before suffering a 2-0 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic.
United will be favourites to claim the three points in this encounter, despite suffering a 1-0 loss away to Everton in their opening match, and looking vulnerable defensively in their 3-2 win at home to Fulham.
Manchester United have won on three of their four trips to St Mary’s, including a 2-1 win in May 2005 that ultimately relegated Southampton after a 27-year stay in the top flight.
There have been 92 goals scored in their 26 Premier League contests – an average of 3.5 goals per game.
The current Southampton squad has made a combined 233 Premier League appearances. Manchester United’s quintet of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand have reached that figure individually.
The match, which kick-offs at 4pm, will broadcast on Sky Sports 1 and in Sky 3D on Sky channel 217.