Erik ten Hag has named his Manchester United starting line-up for the fixture against Southampton this afternoon.

The match kicks off at 12.30pm at St Mary’s.

Starting XI: De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia, McTominay, Eriksen, Fernandes, Sancho, Rashford, Elanga

Substitutes: Heaton, Shaw, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Casemiro, Van de Beek, Ronaldo, Garnacho

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You can see how the team he has chosen compares to our predicted XI here.

The big news is that we have to wait to see Casemiro make his debut for United because he is on the bench for this one.

Ten Hag has gone with an unchanged side from the one which beat Liverpool, which means Cristiano Ronaldo is on the bench once again.

The only change which might have been expected is Casemiro starting, but Scott McTominay has been handed a huge show of faith by his manager and it is up to him to take the opportunity.

It is crucial that United continue the momentum and that the same players as Monday night put in the same level of performance and get the job done.

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