Our football match prediction:
St. Mary’s Stadium will host Wednesday’s postponed fixture between Southampton and Manchester United. The Saints did well to beat Middlesbrough at the weekend and thanks to the triumph they put an end to their five-game winless run in the Premier League. Claude Puel’s men aim to finish the season in top ten, but they face an uphill task in Wednesday’s football match against Manchester United. The Red Devils are fully focused on winning the Europa League trophy and we predict that Jose Mourinho is going to stick to his rotation policy. Seeing that the game will be played at St. Mary’s Stadium, we would not be surprised if fans see a close encounter this time out. When the two teams faced each other at Old Trafford earlier this season Man Utd recorded a 2-0 win over Southampton, but, taking everything into account, the two teams are likely to share the spoils in the postponed fixture.
Highlighted Player (Jose Fonte):
Born in Penafiel in 1983, Jose Miguel de Rocha Fonte spent his early career in the lower divisions of the Portugal’s league system, and while he did join giants Benfica in 2006, he never made a single league appearance for the Eagles. The loan spell with Crystal Palace proved crucial for the towering defender as he later secured a permanent move to Selhurst Park, performing well in three Championship campaigns. Fonte then surprised everyone when he joined League One side Southampton, but that would prove to be the best decision he has ever made, as he helped the Saints return to the Premier League before establishing himself as one of the leading central defenders in the elite division. Rated for his aerial ability, but also quite capable on the ground, Jose Fonte even caught the eye of England’s top clubs, although a big club move never materialised for him. The late bloomer eventually played himself into the first team plans of Portugal coach Fernando Santos, making his Selecao debut at the age of 30.
Highlighted Team (Manchester United):
Over the years Manchester United have established themselves as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Red Devils have won three European Cup (Champions League) trophies and they have clinched no less than 20 Premier League titles. A number of top-class players were part of Manchester United in the past, but, no doubt, the club’s biggest legend is coach Sir Alex Ferguson, who was in charge of the team for 26 years. During Alex Ferguson’s spell at Old Trafford the club won a number of trophies, but the Red Devils have been struggling in all competitions ever since he retired. Louis van Gaal helped Manchester United win the FA Cup trophy in the 2015/2016 season, with Jese Lingard scoring the winner in the 2-1 triumph over Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium. The likes of Bobby Charlton, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Eric Cantona are the football stars that graced Old Trafford for Manchester United.