Manchester United vs Bournemouth: Preview, team news, live commentary and predicted line-ups for Premier League clash


Manchester United vs Bournemouth: Preview, team news, live commentary and predicted line-ups for Premier League clash

Manchester United welcome Bournemouth to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon in what promises to be an enthralling game.

You can listen to the clash live on talkSPORT, with kick-off set for 4.30pm at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer has been a breath of fresh air at Old Trafford

Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho on an interim basis before Christmas, the Red Devils have been in scintillating form.

A 5-1 win over Cardiff City was followed up by a 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town at home on Boxing Day.

Conversely, Bournemouth have won just three times in their last ten Premier League fixtures and were humbled 5-0 at Wembley by Tottenham Hotspur in their last game.

Paul Pogba is in scintillating form after netting a brace in his last game

What the managers are saying

Solskjaer (on his under-performing superstars): “My chats with Anthony [Martial], Romelu, Alexis, whoever has not felt they have produced their best football, I’m here to guide them, help them on the path and it’s up to them to do it on the pitch.

“I don’t agree that I’ve done that with Paul and I can do that with Romelu and Alexis. It’s up to them when they get a chance. That’s the name of the game as a footballer, you’ve got to do it yourself, you want help from your teammates and manager.”

Howe (on the challenge facing a rejuvenated Man United): “Sunday will be a tough game. Whenever you go to Old Trafford it’s a tough assignment.

“We’re looking forward to rising to the challenge, they’ve had two good results. We’d love to elevate our position, of course, [but] we’re still in control of what we do this season.”

Simon Francis faces nine months out after suffering an ACL injury

Team News

Chris Smalling is out until 2019 with a foot injury, but the Red Devils are buoyed by the news Marcos Rojo and Scott McTominay on returning to first team action.

Skipper Antonio Valencia is also building his fitness ahead of the game.

Bournemouth will be without defender Simon Francis for up to nine months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Spurs on Boxing Day.

Adam Smith, Lewis Cook and Dan Gosling are undergoing rehab for prior injuries.