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Diogo Dalot to start against Southampton after Alexis Sanchez knacks his hamstring


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Brent: Are you getting a post up today? If you are, can you make it team news? Dalot starting, Sánchez crocked, etc.

Me: Yes, but will be tonight. Happy to do that if ok with you.

Brent: Yeah, that’s fine - just wanted something with team news, and won’t have time myself. Thanks!

Me: Cool Hope everything is a bundle of joy with you.

Just a little insight into the glamorous world of blogging as superb editor Brent Maximin and I exchanged some serious thoughts about team news reporting.

Anyway, to the news.

Alexis Sanchez yelped so loudly in the presence of Jose Mourinho that he believes that Sanchez has a serious hamstring injury. That has led to reports that Sanchez is out for around six weeks. That should take him through to the January transfer window, meaning he doesn’t have to stink up the place at Old Trafford ever again before he suddenly transforms into a world beater again at Paris Saint-Germain.

There is, however, mildly promising news, as United prepare for their visit to Southampton tomorrow evening. That is 5.30pm UK time, which is roughly brunch in America. That is the time of the day that Americans are mainly eating bacon, which makes it similar to American breakfast, elevenses, lunch, second lunch, dinner, and pre-bedtime cravings. But back to the promising news - Diogo Dalot is expected to start, meaning Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia could soon be close to the Old Trafford exit over the course of the rest of the season.

The most important thing of course is that Mark Hughes gets absolutely battered by United after managing Manchester City, and generally being a miserable presence in the Premier League as manager for the best part of a decade. A lot of excellent volleys, a lot of miserable carping afterwards.

Back to you, Brent.