Is Southampton vs Manchester United on TV? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture

Manchester United will be looking to build on their early season optimism when they travel to Southampton in the Premier League this afternoon.

United got their campaign off to a perfect start when they thrashed rivals Leeds 5-1 at Old Trafford last weekend, further adding to the growing mood of the club’s supporters following the additions of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

Bruno Fernandes scored a hat-trick and Paul Pogba produced one of his best displays for the club in the opening win over Marcelo Bielsa’s side, as the Frenchman registered four assists.

Southampton, meanwhile, were defeated 3-1 by Everton at Goodison Park. Captain James Ward-Prowse has signed a new contract at the club this week, which was a boost to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl following a summer which has seen several first team players, including top scorer Danny Ings, leave the club.

Here’s all the information you need ahead of the match today.

When is it on?

The match kicks off at 2pm BST on Sunday 22 August.

How can I watch it?

It will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League, with coverage starting from 1pm. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

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What is the team news?

Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane are in contention to make their first starts for Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said. Sancho is the more likely to be handed his full United debut following his substitute appearance last week while Victor Lindelof could retain his place alongside Harry Maguire, with Varane only fit enough for a place on the bench.

Edinson Cavani has returned to full training at United following his six-week break, with Eric Bailly also returning this week, but goalkeeper Dean Henderson remains out as he gradually recovers from Covid-19.

“With regards to team news, that’s given us a boost as well,” Solskjaer said. “Edinson’s joined in, Raphael’s joining in, we’re getting fitter and fitter.

“You’ll see on Sunday (if Sancho and Varane start), they’ve worked well. They’ve had minutes, we’ve had a very good week ourselves, we’ll see who makes the flight down to Southampton on Sunday.”

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has no fresh injury concerns following his side’s first match at Everton. New signing Dynel Simeu has joined the first team squad following the departure of Jannik Vestergaard. In defence, Tino Livramento could keep his place over Kyle Walker-Peters at right back.

Possible line-ups

Southampton: McCarthy; Livramento, Stephens, Salisu, Perraud; Walcott, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo; Adams, Armstrong

United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Sancho, Fernandes, Pogba; Greenwood

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Odds

Southampton: 9/2

Draw: 16/5

Manchester United: 4/7

Prediction

The season may only be one week old, but it already feels like these are two sides on opposite sides of the form table. United should win comfortably here, with Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood back amongst the goals. Southampton 1-3 Manchester United

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