Manchester United is all set to host Bournemouth in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second Old Trafford outing tonight.
Although the Cherries are quite below United in the league points table, I’m still expecting this fixture to be thrilling. One of the prime reasons behind it is that Bournemouth have quality strikers and the Red Devils are struggling in keeping a clean sheet this season.
In the last Premier League fixture, United defeated Huddersfield 3-1 at Old Trafford. While Bournemouth were thrashed 5-0 by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
Also, since the departure of Jose Mourinho from Old Trafford. United have become some different side that we couldn’t witness in their starting few games this season. Under the caretaker Solskjaer, the Red Devils have scored eight goals and conceded just two in their last couple of fixtures.
Bournemouth were doing quite well in this season, but their defense has put them down in most of the fixtures. The Cherries are currently in the 12th position with 26 goals. United, on the other hand, regained their momentum and are currently eight points below top-four in the sixth position in the league points table.
Also, the Red Devils are undefeated in their last seven home games while the Cherries have not won a single game out of their last four away fixtures. Moreover, United have won five out of their last six games against Bournemouth in all competitions.
The stats and current performances of the two sides clearly suggest that United are a better side. Also, there is no doubt in it because they have quality players and are playing under former United legend. However, it won’t be right to take the Cherries in a light manner because they can upset the hosts and their fans.
As for United, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, and Scott McTominay are going to miss this home fixture against Bournemouth due to injury. Also, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku are most probably going to be added in the starting XI. Moreover, Alexis Sanchez has recovered from long-term injury but will feature on the bench tonight.
Bournemouth, on the other hand, have traveled to Old Trafford without Lewin Cook, Adam Smith, Dan Gosling, and Simon Francis. All four players are injured and will not feature in tonight’s game.