AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester United Preview

Manchester United travel to Bournemouth knowing full well their Champions League destiny is in their own hands. Win two out of three, the job is done. What’s more, is it would deny Liverpool the chance to do so for the first time since Jurgen Klopp took over mid-season in 2015/16. With two home games to come after their trip to the South coast, United do have the advantage but would ideally like this wrapped up as soon as possible.

Bournemouth have suffered two defeats in a row since guaranteeing safety to Chelsea at home before an away loss to Crystal Palace. Historically, teams want to finish their final home game of the season on a high so motiviation won’t be an issue for the Cherries. They will want to win and beat one of the biggest teams in the world in their own backyard. Again.

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AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester United Match Information:

Teams: AFC Bournemouth and Manchester United
Date: Saturday 20th May 2023
KO Time: 15:00 BST
Location: Dean Court
Managers: Gary O’Neil and Erik ten Hag
Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Manchester United Team News vs Bournemouth

Manchester United had Raphael Varane back from injury against Wolves and while he had a couple of nervy moments shaking off some rust, he kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win. He will likely start against Bournemouth along with Victor Lindelof. Alejandro Garnacho also returned against Wolves and scored his sixth of the season.

Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay returned to training this week but Rashford has had another setback through illness while McTominay may not be ready to feature. Marcel Sabitzer has been ruled out for the rest of the season and joins Lisandro Martinez and Donny van de Beek out injured. The latter, however, is back on grass in individual training.

Interesting Facts:

  • Manchester United have won three out of their five away games against Bournemouth but the last time Bournemouth were promoted, they did beat United away from home.
  • Manchester United have not won any of their last five games away from home, including back to back Premier League away defeats.
  • Bruno Fernandes has only played Bournemouth twice but has a super freekick goal and three assists against them. This will be his first ever appearance at Dean Court.

Predicted XI:

I think Manchester United will make very few changes for this one. De Gea will start again after securing the Golden Glove this season along with Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Lindelof and Shaw at the back. Casemiro will certainly start and aim to establish dominance along with Christian Eriksen in midfield.

Fernandes will certainly start in the 10 role with Antony on the right and Martial up top to drop deeper and assist with the build up. The question is, Sancho or Garnacho. Despite his goal on Saturday, I think as an impact player he will have more of an impact while also allowing Sancho a chance to impress again.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Lindelof, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Martial

Predicted Score:

It won’t be easy, especially with the physcial prescences and driving runs from Solanke and Billing. But United can and should win but away from home, things have been less than peachy. If they can control the game like they did against Wolves, then United should be absolutely fine.

They tend to have less control away from home but that should not be a shock, they have to use that to their advantage at times which is why runs from wide by Antony and Jadon Sancho will be crucial. I’ll back a win but it won’t be without difficulty.

United to win 1-2

Author: Arjun Handa

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