Last match before ended to 2019. Manchester united now at 6th position are still fighting to keep in track.
Manchester United’s mini revival following the sacking of José Mourinho has seen the ‘Red Devils’ record consecutive 2+ goal margin league wins for the first time since January. Another emphatic victory could be possible here, as Bournemouth travel to Old Trafford having lost their last four Premier League (PL) away matches, including a 5-0 thumping at the hands of Tottenham on Boxing Day.
A 3-1 home victory over Huddersfield midweek made it seven home league games unbeaten for United (W4, D3), but also continued an overall trend that has now seen both teams score in six consecutive PL matches (home and away). Unsurprisingly then, the hosts have had more league fixtures end with over 2.5 goals (16), and over 3.5 goals (11), than any other team this term.
Without a draw in their last ten league outings (W3, L7), and with none on the road this season either (W3, L6), it could be another all or nothing clash for Bournemouth at Old Trafford.
In the two games where the ‘Cherries’ grabbed the opening goal in their last eight PL matches, they went on to win, suggesting the first goal could be crucial here. However, notably the visitors are yet to pick up a point against any current top six team this season – including a 2-1 defeat to United in the reverse fixture.
Players to watch: Paul Pogba returned to the United scoresheet after a two-month goalscoring absence with a brace against Huddersfield midweek. Meanwhile, Bournemouth top scorer Callum Wilson(eight goals, five assists) has scored four of his team’s last six away goals.
Stat attack: United’s last five competitive matches have seen a goal scored from the 80th minute to full-time.
Only one side has scored in Bournemouth’s last five matches (in all competitions).
There’s been a first-half goal in each of the last seven H2Hs.
Will not play
Referee: Mason L. (Eng),
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester)