We simulated Manchester United vs Southampton to get a score prediction

Manchester United will look to bounce back from their draw against Burnley and break into the top four this weekend, as they host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.

A frustrating 1-1 draw away to Burnley on Tuesday night saw United miss out on a chance to break into the top four and open a gap between themselves and West Ham in the Premier League table, in a game where the Reds saw two first- half goals ruled out by VAR.

With the draw immediately following United’s early exit from the FA Cup to Middlesborough just four days prior, Ralf Rangnick’s side will now have the chance to redeem themselves against an in-form Southampton.

The Saints have earned four points in their last two games against Man City and Spurs, with Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side drawing 1-1 with City and coming from two goals behind to beat Spurs 3-2. Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic and Fred are all ruled out of Saturday’s clash at Old Trafford, with the latter still in isolation having tested positive for Covid-19.

Alex Telles could return to the squad after his isolation period came to an end, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be brought back into the starting XI after dropping to the bench against Burnley.

So, what line-ups will both teams select? And, what could the final score be?

We used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction for United vs Southampton on Saturday and this is what happened…

Man United v Southampton score predicted by simulation

We used kick-off mode in FIFA 22, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.

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We predict that United could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Telles; Fernandes, McTominay, Pogba; Rashford, Ronaldo, Sancho.

We predict that the Saints could set up in a 4-2-2-2 formation, with their line-up as follows: Forster; Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters; Ward-Prowse, Romeu; Armstrong, Elyounoussi; Adams, Broja.

Southampton started slowly, allowing Man United to control possession and create some good chances in the first half, the best falling to Paul Pogba on the 20-minute mark.

Pogba was denied the opening goal in the first half
Pogba was denied the opening goal in the first half

The Frenchman fizzed a ball out to Telles on the left and continued his run into the box, and at the last moment, he darted to the near post to meet Telles’ cross, only to have his goalbound effort blocked on the line.

Rangnick’s side ended up ruing their missed chances though, as an error at the back gifted the Saints an opening goal.

Adam Armstrong made it 1-0 to Southampton
Adam Armstrong made it 1-0 to Southampton

A long ball sent forward towards Diogo Dalot saw the full-back attempt to head it back to De Gea from about 20 yards out from goal, and his weak attempt was read by Adam Armstrong. The substitute used his pace to peel away from Harry Maguire and intercept the pass, and the forward volleyed past De Gea into the near corner to give the Saints a surprise lead.

The Saints then piled on the misery for United, with Che Adams finding the net to make it 2-0 just minutes after the first.

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Che Adams made it 2-0 to Southampton
Che Adams made it 2-0 to Southampton

Stuart Armstrong received the ball on the right and sat a driven cross into the box, and Adams was on hand to glance at a header across goal and into the bottom corner of the net.

The game seemed to be out of reach of United, but Paul Pogba managed to give the Old Trafford faithful hope when he pulled a goal back with 10 minutes to go.

Paul Pogba made it 2-1
Paul Pogba made it 2-1

As Hassenhuttl’s side pushed up the pitch, Pogba read the situation and beat the high line being played by the Saints, latching on to Jadon Sancho’s through ball, and curling around the ‘keeper to half the deficit.

All of a sudden, United had the momentum and as the chances started to flow, they found their equalizer with a couple of minutes remaining through, who else, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cristiano Ronaldo equalized and made it 2-2
Cristiano Ronaldo equalized and made it 2-2

After Fraser Forster produced a magnificent save to deny Ronaldo and concedes a corner, the 36-year-old beat the ‘keeper from the resulting set-piece, leaping highest in the box to head in-between Forster and a man on the line to level the scoring.

Anthony Elanga had the chance to find the winner at the death, but his volley from Sancho’s cross was sent into the side netting, and the points were shared.

FIFA 22 predicted final score: Manchester United 2-2 Southampton

Here are the full-time match stats.

FT stats from Man United 2-2 Southampton on FIFA 22
FT stats from Man United 2-2 Southampton on FIFA 22

FIFA 22 predicts that despite a dominating display from United, defensive errors could cost Rangnick’s side once again, with the simulation sending the Saints into a 2-0 lead due to some individual mistakes.

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United managed to claw their way back into the game and earn themselves a point though, with Ronaldo scoring the decisive goal to end the contest at 2-2, which indicates the Reds still have the quality to hurt the Saints this weekend. What do you think the final score will be? Let us know in the comments!

FIFA 22 is available now on all platforms, including PlayStation 5 (PS5), Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, PC and Stadia.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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