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Manchester United finally look like themselves again ahead of Saturday's match with Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium.

Jose Mourinho's Red Devils (4-1-0) are off to an impressive start and have been firing in the goals (16), while also keeping them out of their own net (two allowed).

United, who find themselves tied atop the table with Manchester City, have been a joy to watch in the attacking third this season. Summer signing Romelu Lukaku has fit right in with the team, while Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have certainly played their part. Eight different players have found the net for United in their opening five league matches - more than any other side, and twice as many as they had at this stage last season.

Lukaku needs one goal to equal Louis Saha's record for most goals scored after six Premier League appearances for United (six).

Also, Manchester United have scored more Premier League goals in the 80th minute or later this season (nine) than 17 of the other 19 clubs have managed overall.

Last week's 4-0 drubbing of Everton was just another display of attacking brilliance from Mourinho's men. Lukaku and Martial both found the back of the net while goals also came from Antonio Valencia and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The club then moved on to face Burton Albion in the EFL Cup in midweek and came away comfortable 4-1 winners thanks to a brace from Rashford and tallies from Martial and Jesse Lingard. The win sees United through to the fourth round of the competition, against Swansea City.

Mourinho, for his part, was pleased with his club's effort.

"We did our job," he said. "Not a phenomenal performance but a solid performance. Since the beginning, we played in a serious way. The players, many of them, needed 90 minutes to play because many of them were not playing a lot during the season. I think we did our job professionally."

"What pleased me the most was the commitment. They took it in a serious way. While the result was open, until we were 2-0 or 3-0 up, they forced the game, they wanted to kill the game. They wanted to be in the next draw. That professionalism and commitment is a very important thing."

Southampton (2-2-1) will try for a second straight league win after last week's 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Steven Davis' sixth-minute tally was enough to give the Saints all three points.

"We're delighted with the performance," Davis said. "We started the game well and kept possession well in the first half, creating a number of chances. In the second half you would expect them to come into it a little bit, which they did, and to go a bit more direct."

On the injury front, the Saints will be a bit shorthanded as midfielder Matt Targett will be unavailable due to an ankle injury, while a decision on the status of defender Virgil van Dijk has yet to be made.

Southampton have lost 24 Premier League matches against Man United - four more defeats than they have suffered against any other opponent.

Updated September 21, 2017

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