MUN vs BOU MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United’s 40-match unbeaten(Won 29, Drew 11) streak at home came to an end in the Manchester derby. United are currently second on the league table and are chasing a formidable City unit who almost verily are favourites to win their 3rd league title. Does this mean the race for the coveted medal is over? Of course not. If you’ve followed the premier league over the years, one factor is almost assured. There’s another twist in the tale and the only team to challenge the supreme City is Manchester United.
CURRENT POSITION ON THE LEAGUE TABLE
MUN: Played: 16, Won: 11, Lost: 3, Drawn: 2, Points: 35, Place: 2nd
BOU: Played: 16, Won: 4, Lost: 8, Drawn: 4, Points: 16, Place: 14th
Jermain Defoe’s brace in the previous game helped them earn a point away from home. The bottom half of the table this term seems extremely congested. Will Bournemouth fight the relegation battle? It’s a little too early to foresee. With Eddie How being the alpha male, relegation shouldn’t be a concern. Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last 4 away games, winning 2 and drawing 2. A run, they’d like to continue.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: At home against Bournemouth, United have won 5 of their six games in all competitions.
In the Premier League, Played: 4, Mun: 2, Bou: 1, Draw: 1
In 2016/2017: United drew their home game 1-1 and won their away fixture, 1-3.
FACTS: Bournemouth are one of four clubs that Jose Mourinho has faced more than once at home in his league managerial career but hasn’t beaten (D1 L1). The others: Burnley (D2), Genoa (D2) and Roma (D2).
Manchester United haven’t lost successive home matches in all competitions since January 2014 (v Spurs in the Premier League and Swansea in the FA Cup).
Romelu Lukaku has scored five goals in four Premier League appearances against Bournemouth. This includes four in his last appearance against them; A 6-3 win for Everton in February 2017.
Jermain Defoe has scored against Manchester United in the Premier League for both Spurs and West Ham United. Only eight players have previously scored against the Red Devils for 3+ clubs in the competition – Les Ferdinand (4 clubs), Darren Bent (4), Chris Sutton (3), Brian Deane (3), Nicolas Anelka (3), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (3), Yakubu (3) and James Milner (3)
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR MUN vs BOU :
Marcus Rashford(Manchester United): Marcus Rashford is one of the most talented youngsters in the league and after sitting the derby out, he’d be up and ready to take the Cherries on. He’s got composure of a veteran striker and boy, can he run. Pace, a decent first touch and a clinical finish. He makes a fine nomination for the player to keep an eye on.
Minutes played: 982, Goals: 4, Assists: 4.
Jermain Defoe(Bournemouth): Defoe hasn’t been a regular pick in Eddie How’s eleven. It’d be tricky to keep Callum Wilson out, but his brace in the previous game against Palace has almost assured him a start. He’s seventh on the list of the highest goal scorers in the Premier League with 161 goals and his ability to manufacture a goal out of nothing makes him a serious threat.
Minutes played: 678, Goals: 3, Assists: 1
TEAM NEWS: For United, Marco Rojo was substituted at half-time and his participation for the midweek fixture is doubtful.
Phil Jones returned to the bench at the weekend and is almost certain to start. Paul Pogba serves second of his 3-match ban. Antonio Valencia might be rested for this fixture and Matteo Darmian is likely to replace him.
For Bournemouth, Adam Smith returns from suspension. Jordan Ibe and Harry Arter are also likely to feature in the starting line-up.
EXPECTED STARTING XI FOR MUN vs BOU:
(Manchester United): David De Gea(gk), Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku.
(Bournemouth): Asmir Begovic(gk), Charlie Daniels, Nathan Ake, Simon Francis, Adam Smith, Jordan Ibe, Andrew Surman, Marc Pugh, Lewis Cook, Joshua King, Jermain Defoe.
DREAM 11 FOR MUN vs BOU: