With the international break coming to a dramatic close for England supporters, attentions can now shift back to the Premier League, and for Southampton, it means anticipating a trip to Bramall Lane.
The Saints have had an okay start to life in the league this season, being one of five teams in the table to win one, draw one and lose twice in their opening four matches of the campaign.
Indeed, that draw did come against Manchester United in a thrilling 1-1 game that saw Southampton fight back from behind to claim a well-earned point against the Red Devils, yet there is still the feeling in the air amongst supporters that four points from four games is not good enough.
But on Saturday, that feeling can be lifted when the Saints travel up north to Sheffield to face off against Chris Wilder’s United side, who have impressed pundits and supporters alike for their surprising start to life back in the Premier League, beating the likes of Crystal Palace and coming from 2-0 down against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to earn a 2-2 draw.
Sheffield United have shown this season they will be a tough team to beat having impressed already against some of the Premier League’s best, yet the possibility of another three points for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side this early on in the campaign could be massive, and might give the Saints the push they need to separate themselves from the bottom-10 in the Premier League table.
Southampton are a side that have proven in the past able to finish high in the table, and although it seems like an eternity ago when the Saints finished in sixth place, Hasenhuttl and the crop of players he has at his disposal have the potential to aim for these kinds of heights yet again, and it can all start with a win against the Blades.