Things will all seem a bit Freaky Friday for Southampton and Man Utd when they clash at Old Trafford, with the two sides having body-swapped their Premier League placings in the 2013/14 season.
While the Red Devils find themselves bounced back to top-flight babyhood in ninth, the still wet behind the ears south coasters have been catapulted into fully-fledged Champions League chasing adulthood.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have forged their success on a habit of turning up the heat after the break and they are a big price for second-half victory against Man Utd at 17/4.
Southampton would be top of the Premier League if only second halves had counted this season.
The Saints would have a further win under their belts than the four they’ve already secured if first-halves were cast into the void, with their loss at Norwich the only time one of their opponents has had the better of the second period.
United have managed just two goals after the break in their three home league games.
The St Mary’s raiding party will be buoyed by their hosts far from bloodthirsty attitude to post-interval Premier League matters on home turf.
Southampton have shipped just one second-half goal all season and with the very real prospect that Wayne Rooney – who scored both the aforementioned goals – has had his shine taken off by recent international exertions they’ll be especially tough to breach.
The Saints pushed their hosts home and away in 2012/13.
Few will quibble with the fact that while they retain many of the constituent parts, the current Southampton side are a better one than the outfit which lost 2-3 and 1-2 to United last term.
After the latter performance Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to their tenacity in the second 45, stating “I thought Southampton, in the second half, gave the best performance anyone’s given here this season.”