Manchester United resumed their premier league campaign against AFC Bournemouth in early kickoff this Saturday but it was a difficult game form them where they dominated but failed to convert chances into goals. Marcus Rojo finally gave them the lead but Bournemouth equalised soon after making it 1-1 at the halftime. There were loads of talking points with stamps, elbows and the strange red card. United have the man advantage but it will be harder than it is expected.
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Manchester United 1-1 AFC Bournemouth Highlights
[ English Premier League 2017 Match ]
23′ 1 – 0 Marcos Rojo scores in 23rd minute of the game to make it 1-0 for United
40′ 1 – 1 Joshua King equalized from penalty spot after Jones gave away a needless penalty.
45′ [ Red Card ] Andrew Surman was sent off for second yellow but referee Kevin Friend failed to spot clear stamp on Ibrahimovic and than Swede’s clear elbow to Bournemouth keeper.
Preview & Team News: Since that 4-0 defeat against Chelsea back in October, Manchester United has not lost a game in Premier League and they currently on a 16 game unbeaten run at the moment. Bournemouth on the other hand are struggling big time since the turn of the year and as United at playing at home they will go into the game heavy favourites on Saturday.
AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United
[ Premier League, 2016-17 ]
40′ 0 – 1 Juan Mata scored after a terrible mix up by Bournemouth defense to put United 1-0 up just before the break.
59′ 0 – 2 Wayne Rooney scored with a close range header after Martial scuffed shot found its way to Rooney.
64′ 0 – 3 Zlatan Ibrahimovic produced moment of magic with a long range low drive past Bournemouth keeper to make it 3-1.
69′ 1 – 3 Adam Smith’s goal momentarily created anxiety in United ranks but they saw off the challenge with rather ease in the end.
Possible Staring Lineups: Manchester United will be without as many as 8 first team players for the Bournemouth trip. Bastian Schweinsteiger is suspended while Mateo Darmian and Chris Smalling also suffered injuries against Wolfsburg. United are also likely to be without Wayne Rooney for yet another game leaving only Martial as out and out striker. Which means United are likely to field couple of youngsters against Bournemouth.
Bournemouth on the other hand also have their injury worries with Distin, Federici and Lee Tomlin doubtful for United clash. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on saturday evening.
Predictions: Manchester United have been very strong in the last couple of months and although they are currently 6th in the table they look most likely team to finish in the top four. Jose Mourinho will stick with big guns on Saturday and I expect Ibrahimovic to continue his superb run of form to get on scoresheet. Wayne Rooney might not start but sure to play some part later in the game. I am going with a 2-0 win for United in this one.