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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag wants his players to have a "high standard" ahead of their visit to Southampton.

The Dutchman picked up his first three points as United boss with an excellent 2-1 victory against rivals Liverpool on Monday, but he now wants his players to build on that win.

"The spirit was already good but now it is even better [following Monday's win]," Ten Hag told reporters.

"But it's only one game so we have to build further, we have to develop and I think everyone is aware of that.

"We need to have a high standard. It's a demand to the group. Now they see what the reward is, so we have to match the runs in and out of possession. We need runs and movement if you want to dictate a game."

Ten Hag's side will face a Southampton team looking to build on their away win at Leicester City last time out, which ended a run of eight Premier League games without a victory.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is confident his team is improving and is hopeful they can get another positive result on Saturday.

"We knew we had a tough first game where we started well but weren't good enough. Since then, lots has happened. The team is getting closer together. The positive results are good for us," Hasenhuttl told reporters.

"We're fully focused on Man United. We want to continue what we have done well in the last two games. Hopefully we can show we are competitive at home with a good crowd and a good atmosphere, hopefully we can create problems for them."

Southampton - Che Adams

With his brace last weekend in the 2-1 win at Leicester City, Adams became the first Saints substitute to score twice since Sadio Mane against Liverpool in March 2016. The former Birmingham City striker last bagged in two consecutive games in February, with the second of those games against Manchester United. The Red Devils will be desperate to stop that happening again here.

Manchester United - Marcus Rashford

Rashford's goal against Liverpool on Monday was his first in the Premier League since January. He could make it two in two for the first time since January, though he has not scored an away league goal when starting the match since Boxing Day 2020. Can he change that unwanted statistic here?

- Southampton are winless in their last 12 Premier League games against Manchester Utd (D7 L5), since a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in January 2016.

- Southampton have conceded more Premier League goals against United than they have against any other opponent in the competition (98). If the Red Devils score two more in this game, the Saints would be the fifth different opponent they've scored 100+ goals against in the Premier League.

- Southampton have lost five of their last seven Premier League home games (W1 D1), with their 1-0 victory against Arsenal the only game in which they've not conceded at least two goals in this run.

- United have lost each of their last seven on the road, the club's longest away league losing run since December 1936 (run of 10). They've conceded four goals in four of these defeats, as many times as they'd shipped 4+ in their previous 143 away league games.

- The Red Devils are looking to record consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since February, when they beat Brighton and Leeds. However, in their win over Liverpool they had their second-lowest possession figure in a Premier League match on record (since 2003-04) at Old Trafford (29.6%) and allowed 47 touches in their box, the most against them at Old Trafford on record (since 2008-09).

Updated August 26, 2022

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