Manchester United will be looking to make it four wins on the bounce when they travel to Bournemouth in the Premier League this weekend.
After a turbulent start to the campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has steadied the ship and got the Red Devils right back on course, recently outsmarting Frank Lampard for the second time this season with a 2-1 win over Chelsea in the League Cup on Wednesday.
Bournemouth meanwhile are currently in the midst of a dry spell, having not tasted victory for five successive matches while also firing a blank in their last three outings. Maximum reward against a rejuvenated Man Utd will go a long way to alleviating that recent frustration.
Read on for Bournemouth vs Man Utd preview, predictions, team news, TV info and more.
When is Bournemouth vs Man Utd and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Dean Court
Date: Saturday, 2 November 2019
Kick-off: 12:30 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BT Sport 1 HD and BT Sport Ultimate
Last five meetings: Bournemouth vs Man Utd
30 Dec 2018: Man Utd 4-1 Bournemouth (Premier League)
03 Nov 2018: Bournemouth 1-2 Man Utd (Premier League)
18 Apr 2018: Bournemouth 0-2 Man Utd (Premier League)
13 Dec 2017: Man Utd 1-0 Bournemouth (Premier League)
04 Mar 2017: Man Utd 1-1 Bournemouth (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Bournemouth (LLLLD) 3-10 Man Utd (WWWWD)
Ones to watch
Bournemouth: Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson is currently on a four-game scoring drought and has had ill-luck against the Red Devils in the past, netting just once in six showdowns, but with other strikers stepping up their game in recent weeks, notably Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham, the 27-year-old will be hungry to start scoring with Euro 2020 just around the corner.
When he’s in the mood and the entire Bournemouth operation is in full swing, there are few defenders who can contain Wilson. If Dean Court catches the clinical forward on a good day, then they may be in with a chance of causing an upset.
Key stat: Wilson is Bournemouth’s top goalscorer in the Premier League this season (five).
Man Utd: Marcus Rashford
With four goals in his last four games, Rashford is a man on a mission, looking to get Man Utd’s season back on track, while simultaneously letting Gareth Southgate know he’s still up there with the very best.
The Red Devils’ upturn in fortune has coincided with Rashford’s recent purple patch and he will be desperate to keep that run going. He’s scored three in six against the Cherries so there’s every chance he’ll find the back of the net once again on the South Coast this weekend.
Key stat: Rashford has registered more assists (three) and scored more goals (five) than any Man Utd player in the Premier League this season.
Eddie Howe remains without long-term absentees Dan Gosling, David Brooks, Charlie Daniels and Junior Stanislas, but other than the aforementioned casualties, he has a fresh squad to choose from.
Confirmed XI: Ramsdale; Smith, Cook, Ake, Rico; Fraser, Lerma, Billing, H Wilson; King, C Wilson.
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Solskjaer will likely make wholesale changes from the midweek cup win over Chelsea, but he is unlikely to tinker defensively with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire retaining their places despite picking up slight knocks at Stamford Bridge.
Luke Shaw is on the cusp of a return but may not be risked on Saturday, while Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba remain out, with the latter sidelined until December.
Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Diogo Dalot continue their prolonged spells on the busy United treatment table.
Confirmed XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Fred; James, Pereira, Rashford; Martial.
Man Utd seem to have turned a corner when, just a few weeks ago, Solskjaer’s job appeared untenable. The return of Anthony Martial has certainly helped, while the midfield partnership of Fred and Scott McTominay is flourishing.
With no goals in three games for Bournemouth, an in-form Man Utd is one of the last teams Howe would have liked to face, and with good reason. The Red Devils are back in business and should maintain their excellent record against the Cherries.
Scoreline prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Man Utd