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01st Dec 2018

Michael Obafemi starts while Manchester United make five changes

Jack O'Toole

Republic of Ireland striker Michael Obafemi will make his first Premier League start for Southampton against Manchester United on Saturday.

Obafemi will start up front with Nathan Redmond, Stuart Armstorng and David Lemina in support while Yan Valery will make his debut in defence for the Saints.

Meanwhile Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has made five changes from the side that defeated Young Boys in the Champions League during the week with Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini all included.

Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford will most likely start up front for the visitors while centre-back Chris Smalling has been excluded from the matchday squad entirely.

Winger Anthony Martial has been included among the substitutes with Mourinho claiming that his hand was forced this week due to the amount of injuries the team had picked up in their defence.

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