So who’s got the most Dutch courage then? Ronald Koeman or Louis van Gaal?
It sounds simplistic but that could be just what this final game of the Premier League weekend comes down to. A draw really isn’t a bad result for either manager, so who’ll go out of their way to try and improve upon one?
First, the hosts.
The stellar form of this season has been checked somewhat by taking just one point from the last available nine, as Southampton ran into a couple of the big beasts of the Premier League at the wrong time.
They were always going to have to do that eventually, but the fact that the home game with Manchester City and the trip to Arsenal came about when Koeman has faced midfield dilemmas for the first time this season was unfortunate.
Problems for Steven Davis and Morgan Schneiderlin disrupted the flow of the team, whilst the reliable Jack Cork won’t play again until the New Year. In the face of such fierce – and crucially expensive – competition it was always going to be vital for Saints to be able to field their best team, but suddenly it isn’t quite clear what that team is.
Do we know United’s best XI yet though?
It is certainly clear that it includes Angel Di Maria, but he is unavailable for the second successive match here – even if the fact that his replacement is Juan Mata ensures that alarm bells shouldn’t exactly be ringing for Van Gaal.
The Dutchman’s skipper Wayne Rooney will return to the side after missing last Tuesday’s bitty win over Stoke, when Marouane Fellaini scored and indicated a growing influence on a team that many thought he’d be gone from by now.
With Radamel Falcao starting to look like damaged goods and Robin van Persie failing to live up to previous highs, Fellaini’s role as a goalscorer could take on a pronounced importance over a big few weeks for United, who could go third in the league tonight ahead of the always watchable meeting with Liverpool at the weekend.
Given Southampton’s sudden problems – the absence of Schneiderlin and doubt over Toby Alderweireld being the most concerning – then you get the feeling that if any team is to rise above the draw here then it will be the visitors.
United’s price on the Double Chance is too short, but the 1.77 Draw No Bet is just the right side of backable.
The draw is an appealing 3.45, though, and you can boost that even further by backing a share of the spoils with both teams finding the net at 4.50.
It’s hard not to get drawn towards Fellaini here, which isn’t a statement that often comes naturally unless your forehead is in the direct line of the Belgian’s elbow.
With Michael Carrick now fit, the former Everton man encouraged to get forward and Southampton potentially missing his compatriot Alderweireld, then the 7.00 on offer for the afroed one to score at any time looks pretty big.
Mata is well priced at 4.50 too, whilst with the goals drying up for Graziano Pelle then a punt on Shane Long netting at any time at 3.70 could be worth some attention for those confident in the hosts.
Southampton 1 Manchester United 1 – 6.75
Manchester United to win Draw No Bet – 1.77
Draw with both teams scoring – 4.50
Marouane Fellaini to score at any time – 7.00