AFC Bournemouth play host to Manchester United in this weekend’s Saturday Night Football action.
After their midweek humiliation that led to them being dumped out of the Champions league, Manchester United would be hoping to get some kind of reprieve with a win in this fixture. They lost 3-2 at Wolfsburg with Anthony Martial getting on the score sheet early on but that wasn’t enough as United were undone by the German team. Some would say that has been a long time coming. That loss relegated them to the Europa League for the second time in four years. That match left United with 9 first team players on the injury list.
Bournemouth on the other are in buoyant mood after their shock 1-0 win over the Champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It was the first in Premier League history that a winners of the Championship had beaten the Premier League Champions. They will be hoping for such a repeat score line when the take one of the “Big Boys” at home this weekend. Striker Glen Murray who is in for the injured Colum Wilson got the decisive winner in that match against Chelsea. There would never be a better time to play The Red Devils than now considering the turmoil the club is in after a disappointing display in midweek.
United have received heavy criticism for their style of play especially in their lack of goals. Manager Loius Van Gaal has been adamant, insisting that United are better than they were last year and that they have just been unfortunate in not getting goals. They were involved in 0-0 draw in their last Premier league outing against West Ham and that has led to some fans calling for the manager to be axed. But that does look like happening anytime soon.
This match would normally be a non-contest considering the vast contrast in quality of the teams but the Premier League this season has pulled out some surprise results so far to assume or predict anything at all. It will be interesting to see how United recover from their Champions League exit and if Bournemouth can add more insult to injury with a surprise win here yet again.
United sit 4th in the league standings with The Cherries in 17th.
- Bastian Schweinsteiger was handed a 3 match ban earlier this week for his elbow on Winston Reid last week in the clash against the Hammers.
- Manager Louis Van Gaal reports that Smalling, Darmian and Herrera should return before Christmas.
- Wayne Rooney, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw remain sidelined.
- Anthony Martial will lead the line for the Red Devils as the only recognizable striker in the squad.
- After his match winning goal against Chelsea, striker Glenn Murray will continue in attack for the Cherries.
- Eddie Howe will be hoping his team will go out with the same belief and confidence as they did last week against the Blues.
- Jesse Lingard will be in the starting lineup for the Red Devils.
- Memphis Depay whose stop start season continues is likely to return to the starting eleven owing to injuries to certain players.
- Keeper Artur Buroc will continue in goal for Bournemouth.
- Paddy McNair and Daley Blind are the likely starters in defense with Valera and Borthwick-Jackson alongside.
It’s a tough one for AFC Bournemouth to win but with United missing so many key players from their team, they might feel confident of nicking it.
KICK OFF IS AT 17:30 GMT.