Phil Thompson: Fernandes to subdue Saints for Man Utd on Sunday

Thommo's expecting a close game at St Mary's on Sunday.


Paddy’s football ambassador Phil Thompson has been looking forward to a bumper Sunday of Premier League football with the good guys and girls at PPTV. The first game in his sights is Manchester United’s trip to Southampton and Thommo is expecting a decent contest on the South Coast on Sunday lunchtime.

2pm: Southampton v Man Utd

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Manchester United playing well? It’s hard for those words to come out of my mouth! But they have been doing so in the Champions League, against PSG and RB Leipzig.

It rolls off the tongue, Champions League, Manchester United, they play well. But I don’t know what it is with Manchester United. You look at them last week against West Brom and my goodness, it was a difficult watch, just winning 1-0.

They would probably be happy to say, ‘Well, you know, we’re getting there. We’re picking up the points, maybe not playing well.’ But this is Manchester United we’re talking about.

Sunday 2pm: Southampton v Manchester United
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But they’ll feel better getting that result in midweek with Bruno Fernandes getting a brace as well. But this Southampton are not bad side. They’re not a bad side. They’re unbeaten in seven and have 17 points.

They look a good outfit. I was saying to Matt Le Tissier that they look different this year. He said: “They’re looking good, Phil. Everybody knows their jobs now.” And he says it’s all coming together, but I do fancy Manchester United. I think it’s one of those pitches down there which they can exploit.

THOMMO’S TIPS: United have to start scoring goals more goals. I mean, from the likes of Marcus Rashford and from Anthony Martial in particular. I do think Manchester United will just pip this one, 2-1. In terms of a goal scorer, you’ve got to go for Fernandes. I think Bruno Fernandes has just brought something to Manchester United’s play and there’s got to be a penalty kick.

Thommo’s Sunday acca

I think Manchester United will turn up against The Saints and I think Chelsea will win so my acca is going to be Manchester United and Chelsea to Win.

Thommo’s Tips for Man Utd v Southampton

Man Utd to win 2-1
Bruno Fernandes to Score Anytime

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