A much-improved Manchester United will travel to the Vitality stadium on Saturday, hoping to register their second successive league victory for the first time this season.
Bournemouth v Manchester United — Premier
Venue : Vitality Stadium
Date : Saturday, 2 November 2019
Kick-off : 1:30 PM BST
TV channel : Sky Sports Main Event
Bournemouth have been dire in recent weeks, to say the least. The Cherries are winless in their last five games (D3, L2) since beating Southampton in a league game in September, and that run includes a disappointing 2-0 loss to League One underdogs, Burton Albion. Their latest of two goalless stalemates on the bounce (versus Norwich and Watford) makes for grim reading for the Eddie Howie’s team, and things could get even more precarious when their next opposition United, looking in the rudest of form, come to town. Their attacking unit which boasts of the likes of Callum Wilson, Josh King and Harry Wilson aren’t scoring enough goals and it is telling, as they have yet to score in any of their last three matches.
Manchester United, on their part have noticeably turned a corner after a torrid run of results. You have to go back as far as early March to the last time the Red Devils won three competitive games in a row, as they have managed with their 2-0 win over Chelsea in midweek. The display at Stamford Bridge particularly reeked of tactical composure and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer seems to have gotten his side playing some good attacking football again.
Yet, special praise must certainly be accorded striker Marcus Rashford who has had to contend with some sort of off-form, but if his recent performances is anything to go by, then United will only get the better with the Englishman who duly scored twice against Chelsea, including an exquisite free kick to take his goal tally for the season to seven.
Bournemouth are expected to line up in their favored 4-4-2 formation, with King and Callum leading the lines, while Ryan Fraser and Arnaut Groeneveld gives width on the flanks. Liverpool loanee Wilson who has netted thrice in seven league starts is another viable attacking option.
Solksjaer will roll out his team in their 4-2-3-1 formation, with the return of Anthony Martial giving them an extra boost upfront. We might yet see an unchanged starting XI from the Norwich City game for this one.
Edie Howie will not be able to call on the services of Charlie Daniels, Junior Stanislas, David Brooks and Dan Gosling here, all of who remain out with injuries.
Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Eric Baily and Timothy Fosu-Mensah who are all classed injury worries are expected to miss out on this one.
Also, Paul Pogba is understandably still recuperating from injury and will play no part here.
Head to Head :
Bournemouth had previously squared up against Manchester United 16 times in all competitions, with the Red Devils triumphing on eleven occasions while three draws have been posted. The hosts have managed to win twice, and only one of them came in the Premier League back in 2015.
United won their opposition 2-1 here last season, while the reverse fixture at Old Trafford saw a much larger 4-1 scoreline yet in favour of the Red Devils.
Match Stats :
Man United are unbeaten in their last seven games versus Bournemouth in all competitions, including six wins from those encounters.
Bournemouth who are looking for their second league victory over Man United have failed to score in any of their last 3 games.
Man United have been winning at both half time and full time in five of their last seven matches against Bournemouth in all competitions.
Team Form :
Bournemouth are no doubt, riding a poor run and it is of paramount necessity they start getting some wins if they would not drift down the table. They are however, level on points 13, with United and are placed ninth.
Bournemouth’s last 5 matches (in all competitions): LDLDD
Manchester United are clearly enjoying a good upturn in fortunes, and will be very confident of getting another decent result from this encounter. Three consecutive wins on the road, including that morale-boosting 2-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday finely sets them up for this one.
A win here puts them on 16 points and could provisionally push them as high as fifth on the league standings.
Man United last 5 matches (in all competitions) : LDWWW
The mood around Old Trafford is surely buzzing after their midweek’s triumph over Chelsea, and you could sense they will be a lot eager to maintain the newly-found winning mentality with another victory in this one, with the games beginning to come thick and thin. The return of Martial adds an extra bite in attack for the visitors and will prove pivotal in helping them record the win.
But there have been a few chinks in the armoury, particularly with their defending and ability to keep clean slates, as was highlighted with the way Michy Batshuayi was afforded too much space and time to run through and beat Sergio Romero on Wednesday, then their could be a likelihood of seeing goals from both sides.
And then, there’s the matter of Rashford who can’t stop scoring at the moment. With four goals in his last four games for his team, very few will bet against the 22-year-old opening the scoring yet, a punt which looks pretty decent.
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