The only mission for The Red Devils’ is to win this match!
Last updated: May 10, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Manchester United made a huge step towards the fourth place in the standings after winning 1-0 against Norwich City at Carrow Road. Juan Mata scored the only goal of the game after a terrific move and assist from Wayne Rooney, who was on his best form. Now, The Red Devils need to repeat the performance they showed against The Canaries, in order to find their place in next season’s Champions League.
Matt Ritchie scored a late equalizer for Bournemouth, as The Cherries finished with a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion in the previous round of the competition. Arthur Boruc, the Bournemouth goalkeeper made some world class saves. He even tipped away a shot from the penalty spot and helped his team win one point against The Baggies.
This will be the second ever match between these two teams. Bournemouth won 2-1 against Manchester United earlier this season at The Vitality Stadium. Junior Stanislas and Joshua King found the net for The Cherries and secured the three points. But, this time the task will be much more difficult for Bournemouth, because Manchester United are in a must-win situation.
Marouane Fellaini is going to miss the match against Bournemouth through suspension. The Belgian international has scored 1 goal this season in 18 games for The Red Devils.
Bastian Schweinsteiger has still not recovered from his knee ligament injury and will surely miss the match. The last time the German midfielder played was 2 months ago.
Sylvain Distin of Bournemouth is injured. The French defender is suffering from a back injury. He has taken part in 12 league matches this campaign.
Tyrone Mings, Rantie and Adam Smith are also sidelined for The Cherries. Smith is one of the key defenders for Bournemouth, having recorded 31 games this season.
Quotes of the week
Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) :
“When you see the second half, we deserved to win. We’re still in the race!”
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) :
“The supporters have been absolutely brilliant for us this season, there have been some tough moments here…”
|Man United (4-1-4-1):||De Gea, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Valencia, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Rooney, Herrera, Rashford.|
|Subs||Romero, Darmian, Martial, Fonsu-Mensah, McNair, Memphis, Schneiderlin.|
|Injured:||Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Keane.|
|Bournemouth (4-4-1-1):||Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Elphick, Francis, Gosling, Ritchie, Surman, Gradel, King, Afobe.|
|Subs||Federici, Pugh, Iturbe, Arter, Wilson, Grabban, Stanislas.|
|Injured:||Mings, Smith, Rantie, Distin.|
So far this season
|Manchester United this season||Bournemouth this season|
|11 (7)||(at home) Wins (away)||5 (6)|
|3-0 vs. Everton||Biggest win||3-0 vs. Norwich|
|5 (4)||(at home) Draws (away)||5 (4)|
|2 (7)||(at home) Losses (away)||9 (8)|
|0-3 to Tottenham and Arsenal||Biggest Defeat||1-5 to Tottenham and Man City|
|Martial (9)||Top scorer||King (6)|
|Rooney (5)||Assist Leader||Ritchie (6)|
|Y61, R1||Discipline||Y53, R1|
|10||Failures to score||11|
|13||Both Teams to Score Games||22|
|15||Over 2.5 Games||21|
|21||Under 2.5 Games||16|
- Manchester United are in very good shape, as they are undefeated in their last 7 Premier League games at Old Trafford.
- There has been the option of ‘under 2.5 goals scored’ in 8 of the Red Devils last 9 league matches. That’s because the pragmatic style of van Gaal is much more successful for him, when it’s down to winning points.
- Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 Premiership games. The Red Devils have the second best defence in the league (31 goals conceded).
- The last 4 away games for Bournemouth were full of goals. All of these matches finished with the option of ‘over 2.5 goals scored’.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|12/12/15||The Premier League||Bournemouth 2-1 Man United||J. Stanislas 2′|