Erik ten Hag is expected to make a number of changes for the visit of Southampton today.

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Manchester United ticked one comeback box with Thursday’s classy 4-1 win over Real Betis following last weekend’s 7-0 loss to Liverpool, and now they must tick another.

The Europa League knock-outs offer a different type of test to that of the Premier League and United can show the anarchy at Anfield was indeed just an unusual blip with a comfortable triumph over bottom club Southampton this afternoon.

Erik ten Hag named an unchanged side for the victory over Betis but is likely to chop and change a few names against the Saints ahead of the European return to Spain in midweek.

The United boss will have one eye on the summer already and MEN Sport revealed this week that Harry Kane is his top priority next window.

The Spurs star – who netted twice against Nottingham Forest yesterday – is likely to be an expensive buy and United will know how much they have to spend by the summer depending on how the takeover process plays out.

For those of you still with us here, now is the time to head over to our dedicated matchday blog as United welcome Southampton to Old Trafford.

Erik ten Hag’s side took a commanding advantage in their Europa League last-16 tie against Real Betis on Sunday with a 4-1 win, and the Dutchman has described today’s game as the ‘second part of our rehabilitation’ from last Sunday.

They host a Southampton side who are bottom of the league but took three points from Stamford Bridge just a few weeks ago.

We’ll have all the build-up, team news and minute-by-minute coverage live from Old Trafford, which you can followHERE.

Sunderland are interested in taking Joe Hugill back on loan in the summer, according to The Sun.

Hugill joined United from the Black Cats in 2020 and has been hugely impressive at under-21 level, particularly this season where he has scored nine goals in nine Premier League 2 appearances.

In January, the 19-year-old joined Altrincham on loan, switching between both sides in a bid to gain some experience of senior football. And according to the report, United are looking to move their star up the leagues.

Inter Milan have renewed their interest in Victor Lindelof as they prepare for a defensive overhaul, according to the Sun.

The Italian side look set to lose both Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij as both run their contracts down to expiry in June.

A loan approach for Lindelof was made in January, although Erik ten Hag rejected the offer, prioritising squad depth throughout the second half of the season.

But with the Dutchman likely to allow several fringe players to leave in the summer, the Swedish international could be sold and Inter will likely be at the front of the queue.

United are among a number of Premier League clubs eyeing Lille star Carlos Baleba, according to90min.

The 19-year-old has made his break into the first-team at Lille this season, featuring 14 times in Ligue 1 – although he is yet to register a goal or an assist.

Nevertheless, the teenager has quickly become a hugely exciting prospect, even if a little raw, and several top-flight clubs can see the potential. United are set to battle the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle for a signature.

Danny Murphy believes Marcus Rashford would thrive in the role of Manchester United captain next season – but only if the forward signs a new contract and secures his future.

United’s armband will likely be up for grabs heading into next season, with current club captain Harry Maguire at the fringes of the first-team picture and a potential departure in the summer.

In his absence this season, Bruno Fernandes has held the armband but the Portuguese midfielder came in for some criticism during the 7-0 defeat at Liverpool for a lack of leadership.

Here’s what Murphy wrote in his Daily Mail column:

United midfielder Darren Fletcher made his debut on this day 20 years ago.

The Scot started a Champions League second group stage game against Basel on the right of midfield on March 12, 2003 – a 1-1 draw, in which Gary Neville scored.

The versatile midfielder would go on to make 342 appearances for the side, with five Premier League titles and the 2007/2008 Champions League among a litany of major honours.

It was just before half-time. Dirk Kuyt had scored his second goal for Liverpool and the Merseyside club were heading into the dressing room with a 2-0 cushion. For Manchester United, they had struggled to live with the home side in the opening 45 minutes – and things were about to get even worse.

Patrice Evra played a short pass to Nani on the United left wing. The Portuguese attacker – up against a makeshift right-back in Jamie Carragher – was licking his lips. He finally had the chance to run at the Liverpool man, who had shifted to full-back after the home side were forced into a defensive reshuffle in the wake of an injury to Fabio Aurelio.

Carragher had already sized up Nani. The defender knew that he couldn’t beat the winger for pace or skill – if he was going to win the ball, his tackle needed to be perfect. It wasn’t. In fact, it was horribly mistimed.

The Liverpool man flew in, but as Nani pushed the ball away from him, Carragher ended up stamping on the United ace’s left leg. The replays certainly weren’t kind, and it was pretty clear that it was a shocker. How he avoided a red card from referee Phil Dowd only the official knows. He was fortunate, that is for sure.

United are prepared to make Harry Kane the most expensive British player of all-time this summer after making the striker their No.1 priority, according to reports.

MEN Sport understands that Kane is Erik ten Hag’s main target this summer, with the Dutchman seeing a world-class striker as key to his side stepping up into a title challenge.

The 29-year-old will enter the final year of his contract this summer, with speculation he may leave Tottenham after yet another year without silverware.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will demand a huge fee for his talisman and, according tothe Mirror, United are prepared to do exactly that by topping the British record of £100million set by Jack Grealish.

Erik ten Hag has not changed his transfer plans for this summer on the back of Manchester United’s disastrous defeat to Liverpool and the club are already lining up targets to further strengthen the squad.

The Manchester Evening News revealed on Friday that Harry Kane had emerged as Ten Hag’s top target for this summer, but there are likely to be more additions and some departures during the next window.

The scale of United’s second-half collapse in the 7-0 defeat at Anfield was startling, but Ten Hag isn’t ripping up his plans for the summer on the back of it. He has told his players they must prove they can handle the pressure of the run-in this season, however, as he assesses the scale of the rebuild required.

United could pursue a goalkeeper and a right-back while a younger midfielder is also on the agenda, but Ten Hag insisted his thinking wasn’t being swayed by events on Merseyside a week ago.

“It was surreal,” former Manchester United defender David May once said of Sir Alex Ferguson regarding a 1996 team talk. “You were expecting the gaffer to absolutely rip everyone’s head off.”

It’s an approach many anticipated Erik ten Hag to adopt at Anfield after the club’s 7-0 whitewash at the hands of Liverpool last weekend. He indicated in his post-match press conference that he had had stern words with his players and did not “give them a chance” to air their thoughts.

The Dutchman was keen to stress that United had the characters in the dressing room to bounce back from that defeat by getting back to winning ways in the Premier League, starting against Southampton on Sunday.

He will be looking for the kind of reaction Sir Alex was after against the Saints at their former ground The Dell 27 years ago when he decided to take a different approach. In the modern era, top clubs have all kinds of backroom staff members.

From penalty experts to throw-in specialists and physios to psychologists, elite football clubs have got it all. That said, they probably don’t have eye specialists.

And for a little inspiration, our United writers have all picked their own starting line-ups.

Erik ten Hag has had only two full days between Betis and this afternoon, but will that force the Dutchman into some changes or will he opt to keep the momentum going?

United host Southampton at Old Trafford this afternoon looking to further cement their third-placed finish.

Erik ten Hag’s side showed no signs of hangover from last weekend by cruising to a 4-1 victory over Real Betis midweek, and now the Reds can take that momentum into the week.

Saints boss Ruben Selles expects to see some changes from the midweek line-up, but how far will Ten Hag go in rotating?

Might the likes of Tyrell Malacia, Alejandro Garnacho or Facundo Pellistri enjoy a start?

Four academy hopefuls trained with the United first-team ahead of today’s clash with Southampton.

A number of players have broken through the ranks in the past two seasons including Alejandro Garnacho, Kobbie Mainoo and Anthony Elanga.

A new crop of youngsters are hoping to follow their example and made another step towards that goal on Friday.

Jadon Sancho has pointed to one Southampton star who United must keep quiet this afternoon.

The winger is looking to make his first start in five games after beginning the previous four matches on the bench.

Either way, he has highlighted one Saints talent who could pose his side an issue given the quality he can produce.

Erik ten Hag is expected to make a number of changes for the visit of Southampton today.

He named the the same side that lost 7-0 to Liverpool for the 4-1 Europa League win over Real Beits on Thursday.

A number of benched players could come back into the side including Aaron Wan-Bissaka for Diogo Dalot.

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