Manchester United v Bournemouth – BBC Sport

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admits his relegation-threatened side need to “elevate everything to a new level”

TEAM NEWS

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted at making changes to his starting line-up in order to give some players a rest.

Defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones remain injured, so teenager Ethan Laird has been promoted to the senior squad.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said he will need to check on the fitness of two unnamed players.

Leading goalscorer Callum Wilson remains unavailable as he completes a two-match suspension.

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

United are scoring for fun and tearing teams apart – they are probably the last side that Bournemouth want to play at the moment.

I really fear for the Cherries. We are used to them being open at the back but their attacking players usually cause real problems for opposition teams and I don’t know what has happened to them all.

At the moment it looks like they are going down – it just feels like there is a pall of relegation hanging over the club and their performances at the moment are nowhere near good enough to change that.

Prediction: 4-0

Lawro’s full predictions v Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Manchester United are unbeaten at home against Bournemouth in all competitions, winning seven and drawing one.
  • However, Bournemouth are vying to complete their first league double over Manchester United following a 1-0 victory at home in November.

Manchester United

  • United’s 15-match unbeaten run in all competitions (W11, D4) is their longest since a streak of 17 games without defeat between November 2016 and January 2017.
  • They’re looking to win four consecutive home league matches without conceding for the first time since a run of six ending in October 2017.
  • The Red Devils can keep a clean sheet in six successive home fixtures in all competitions for the first time since October to December 2015.
  • United have kept eight clean sheets in their past 13 league games – one more than in their first 40 fixtures under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
  • Mason Greenwood’s six goals in 2019-20 is the most by a player aged 18 or younger in a Premier League season since Wayne Rooney scored nine for Everton in 2003-04.
  • Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in eight goals in his first eight league games for United, scoring five and setting up three.

Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth have lost 10 of their past 11 Premier League away fixtures.
  • The Cherries have suffered 16 defeats in 21 league matches, including each of the last four.
  • Eddie Howe’s side are enduring a run of seven straight away defeats in the league.
  • It’s 15 league games without a clean sheet for Bournemouth, their longest such run since a 21-match streak between April and October 1994.
  • They haven’t scored a league goal from open play in five hours and 51 minutes. An unrivalled 53% of their 30 goals this season have come via set pieces.

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