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Sep 22

Southampton v Manchester United: match preview

Mauricio Pellegrino is up for the challenge of reining in Manchester United and may opt to start Virgil van Dijk in central defence, while striker Charlie Austin is available after a knock. Captain Steven Davis has called on Southampton fans to get behind them at a venue where United have won nine times in 12 visits. The trip to St. Mary’s is the first of six away games for United in the next month, and José Mourinho may seek to rotate his attacking options before the trip to CSKA Moscow, with Anthony Martial in form. Niall McVeigh

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Sep 22

José Mourinho says ‘happiness’ is key to Anthony Martial’s upturn in form

• Manchester United manager praises forward’s ‘great improvement’
• Mourinho sidesteps questions over Romelu Lukaku chant controversy

José Mourinho believes Anthony Martial’s impressive start to the season is because the Manchester United forward is far happier than he was last term.

The 21-year-old has scored four times in seven appearances, half of his total of eight last season. Martial has managed the tally despite starting only three times.

Related: Bigger, relentless, pitiless: are Mourinho’s Manchester United the real deal? | Jonathan Wilson

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Sep 22

The Joy of Six: Matt Le Tissier | Nick Ames

From announcing himself in the 1989-90 season with a sublime hat-trick to his firecracker to send off The Dell, half a dozen of the Southampton icon’s best

If the early years of Le Tissier’s Southampton career had flickered, the 1989-90 season was when he began setting the old First Division ablaze. Chris Nicholl is generally viewed in Saints lore as an overly conservative manager but, for one year only, a team of tantalising prospects cut loose and finished seventh, scoring 71 times. Alan Shearer was beginning to serve notice of his talent but the star was Le Tissier, whose 20 league goals matched his age at the beginning of term.

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Related: Premier League at 25: best goal – Matt Le Tissier v Manchester United, 1996

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Sep 17

Roy Hodgson plays patience principle at Crystal Palace with history on his side | Paul MacInnes

Southampton ensure former England manager was unable to stop the rot in first game in charge but he points to past club escapes and urges fans to stay with him

There is always a touch of pathos about Roy Hodgson. It could be his hangdog expression. Maybe it is the way he insists on being gentlemanly in an age of turbo-charged egotists. Or perhaps the low points in his career – Liverpool, England – seem somehow to conform to the stereotype; nice guy but out of his depth at the top.

Hodgson was welcomed with polite applause by the Crystal Palace fans before the match against Southampton and got the same response after their defeat. As he first walked to the dugout he was embraced by Pete the Eagle in a slightly awkward clinch. The cameras, of which there were many at Selhurst Park, caught him in trademark head-in-hands mode after Steven Davis turned home the only goal in the sixth minute. Later they caught him doing that thing with his finger on his lips as he considered how to improve his team’s prospects. So far, so Roy.

Related: Steven Davis spoils Roy Hodgson’s big day as Crystal Palace lose again

Don’t forget that at Fulham we got out of the relegation zone on the very, very last game of the season

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Sep 09

Daryl Janmaat thunderbolt wraps up Watford victory over Southampton

Long-range strikes from Abdoulaye Doucouré and Daryl Janmaat ended Southampton’s unbeaten start to the season and lifted Watford into the top four. The goals secured a 2-0 victory for the upwardly mobile Hornets in a game where Saints’ struggles in front of goal continued.

Doucouré pounced shortly before half-time from outside the penalty area and Janmaat hit a second-half cracker four minutes after coming on as a substitute. Meanwhile, Southampton drew a blank for the third time in their four Premier League matches this season.

Related: Pascal Gross double leads lowly Brighton to victory over West Brom

Related: Chelsea hold on as N’Golo Kanté goal edges them past Leicester City

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Sep 08

Southampton v Watford: match preview

Not for the first time, Southampton will have been glad to see the transfer window close. Virgil van Dijk is still at the club but this match will come too soon for him. The centre-back Wesley Hoedt could make his first appearance for Saints. The end of the window was less happy for Watford and following Nordin Amrabat’s unexpected departure André Carrillo may take his place on the wingFellow new signing Marvin Zeegelaar and the fit-again Daryl Janmaat and Younès Kaboul give Marco Silva more options in defence. Niall McVeigh

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Aug 26

Huddersfield’s winning run ends after Southampton soak up pressure

Southampton have stalled the Huddersfield bandwagon, but only just. David Wagner’s team dominated large chunks of an engrossing game and might have recorded a third successive Premier League victory if they had been able to finish more accurately. Southampton, mind you, could also point to spurned opportunities, especially when they rallied towards the end. All in all, a draw was the right result.

The last time these clubs met was seven years ago, in League One, and here their overall play demonstrated why they have been reunited among the elite, even if both lacked sharpness up front. The scoreboard remained untouched but this was an action-packed contest in front of a loudly appreciative crowd.

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Aug 25

Huddersfield Town v Southampton: match preview

This promises to be the toughest test so far for Huddersfield, who have yet to drop a point or concede a goal in the league. Southampton may have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup in mid-week with an experimental formation but they have been good in …

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Aug 20

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Aug 19

Southampton’s Charlie Austin crushes West Ham’s 10-man fightback

Charlie Austin snatched a stoppage-time winner from the penalty spot as Southampton beat 10-man West Ham United. Austin sent Joe Hart, the West Ham goalkeeper, the wrong way as Mauricio Pellegrino clinched his first win as Southampton manager in a dramatic finale. After trailing by two goals, Javier Hernández hadrolled back the years with a couple of trademark finishes to nearly get the Hammers off the hook.

As Slaven Bilic, put it, they “knew what we are getting” with Hernández, a £16m summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen. There was a concerning familiarity about the problems at the other end, though, with his vulnerable back line, that has now beenbreached seven times in just two matches.

Related: Leicester’s Okazaki and Maguire give Brighton harsh lesson in top-flight life

Related: Sadio Mané makes vital breakthrough for Liverpool against Crystal Palace

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