Tough place to visit
13th December 2017
After the short trip up to London to play Crystal Palace, the Cherries have to travel in midweek to the North of England to play the first of the Manchester sides away this month. First it`s a visit to Old Trafford to meet Manchester United on Wednesday night at 8 pm.
The last time we met at Old Trafford, which was also televised live by Sky, the game at times was a heated affair. Tyrone Mings and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were involved in an off-the-ball incident earlier in the game, then just before half-time there was the incidents involving the same two players (which they received retrospective bans) and which then involved Andrew Surman being sent off for pushing the big United striker to the ground, it was Surman`s second yellow of the game. The Cherries played all of the second half with ten men and put in a sterling performance to hold onto a point. MOM was Artur Borac, who made some good saves, including a penalty from Ibrahimovic. United opened the scoring through Marcos Rojo, Josh King levelled from the penalty spot five minutes before half-time. The referee for this game was Kevin Friend who we had on Saturday at Palace.
In the Summer Mourinho signed Striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton for a reported figure which could rise to £90 million. Midfield player Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for £40 million. Defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica for £30.7 million and our 'favourite` player Zlatan Ibrahimovic has re-signed on a 1-year deal. Among those leaving were Wayne Rooney who joined Everton for an undisclosed fee and Adrian Januzaj who joined Real Sociedad for £9 million.
Since taking over as manager for the 2016-17 season in which United finished in 6th spot, Jose Mourinho and his United team have had a good start to their 2017-18 campaign. In their 8 home games of which they have won 7, in four of those wins they scored 4 goals against West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace without reply, also beat Newcastle 4-1. Their only defeat was on Sunday against Manchester City by 1-2. Away from home they have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 2.
In Sunday`s game against Manchester City, both City goals were scored from close to goal, one from a corner the other from a free-kick. The United goal coming from Marcus Rashford with a good finish. City thoroughly deserved their victory which puts them well ahead at the top of the table.
Manchester United Team News:
They are without their influential midfield player Paul Pogba who is suspended after being red carded against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Marcos Rojo received a head injury and was substituted in the game against Manchester City. Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones could be available again after injury.
Player to watch: Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku, he has been dangerous against us when he played for Everton, earlier this year he scored 4 in our net in the 6-3 defeat at Goodison Park. Had a quiet game against Manchester City on Sunday, but is the United leading scorer with 8 goals and 4 assists. If Mourinho decides to make changes for this game, he might start Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he scored a good number of goals last season, including one at Dean Court, but looked to be still getting back to fitness when he came on as a sub on Monday. Marcus Rashford is a player who could be a danger for us, scored 4 and has 4 assists as well.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Adam Smith is available after suspension. It seems Tyrone Mings has had a setback to his back injury. Otherwise Eddie has a strong squad to pick from.
Player to watch: Jermain Defoe
Not sure if Jermain Defoe will start on Wednesday after playing 80 minutes against Palace, but with the finishing he showed against Palace, he could cause problems in the goal area for United, City`s two goals came in the area where Defoe is strong. He and Lewis Cook look like they could build up a good understanding. Defoe hasn`t got a good record at Old Trafford, not scoring in his last 10 visits, so time to make number 11 lucky (if selected)!
Match Facts & Stats
In our games against Manchester United in the Premier League home and away, out of a possible 12 points, AFCB have taken 4 points. A 1-1 draw at Old Trafford last season, was preceded by a 1-3 defeat at Dean Court earlier in the season. The 2015- 2016 season saw us win 2-1 at Dean Court but lose 3-1 away. In all competitions at Old Trafford, the Cherries have never beaten United. Home and away the Cherries have Won 2, Drawn 3 and Lost 7.