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Southampton v Man United: Reds to end season on St Mary’s high

| 10.05.2014

The debate about whether a Europa League schedule would help or hinder Manchester United’s attempts to regain the Premier League could well rumble on over the summer.

That is because despite all their troubles this season, and Southampton’s at-times dazzling football, the Red Devils look poised to end their season on a positive note with victory at St Mary’s.

The outgoing champions will need Spurs to lose on the final day of the Premier League season in order for Europe to become a reality but history suggests Ryan Giggs’ side will hold up their end of the bargain.

Before this season’s 1-1 stalemate at Old Trafford, United had won eight consecutive meetings with Saints, including all of their last five visits to the south coast.

And with away form the only silver lining around the dark cloud that has been the Red Devils’ campaign the 6/4 on a win for United looks too good a price to ignore.

Southampton can be backed at 13/8 to pick up a first victory over United since August 2003, while a repeat of this term’s draw is available at 5/2.

United may be bidding farewell to the heart of their defence in this game, with Nemanja Vidic likely to be joined by Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand through the Old Trafford exit door but the veteran trio could well combine to produce another shut out.

Giggs’ side have won four of their last five away games without conceding a single goal, so the 19/5 on United winning to nil is certainly worth considering.

As for goals, Robin van Persie was back among them against Hull and represents a 9/2 shot to score first here, while teen sensation James Wilson can be backed to echo his star debut turn and open the scoring again at 6/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.