Manchester United vs Bournemouth Preview: United in top four with a win
Manchester United's Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (C) celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on June 30, 2020. (Photo by Mike Hewitt / POOL / AFP)

Manchester United have a glorious opportunity to get themselves in the top four with a win against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. 

United have been in fine form and are unbeaten in their last 15 matches. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side picked up maximum points with their trip to Brighton on Tuesday evening. With both Chelsea and Leicester City slipping up in midweek - United are only two points behind fourth spot and three points behind the foxes in third. 

It is not just the results that have been impressive, it has been the style of play and the manner of the victories. United have scored eight goals in their last three matches and only conceding once. 

Chelsea do not play Watford until the later hours of Saturday which gives the Red Devils the chance to climb into the top four.

  • Previous meeting

Earlier in the season, United were beaten by the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium 1-0. Eddie Howe's side ended Solskjaer's three-game winning streak back in November. 

Former red, Joshua King, scored the winning goal with an acrobatic finish. King was on United's transfer radar in January but a deal could not be met between the two clubs. 

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  • Solsjkaer: 'We play our best, we win the game' 

The Norweigan manager sounded confident in his press conference on Friday morning: 

"It's been a while since we went on a run like this," said Solskajer. "We're definitely feeling confident and in good form, and we should be because we worked so hard over lockdown to get that match sharpness."

"I don't think it will be an easy game — they'll come here and fight for points. "They're one of the best teams in the league for set-plays, but if we play to our best, we'll create enough chances to win the game."

  • Team news

Solskjaer did mention in his press conference that it should not be a surprise if there are changes to his line-up on Saturday, due to a few "knocks and bruises" but the changes will be for fitness reasons. 

Jefferson Lerma returns for Howe's side as he completed his suspension, Callum Wilson will miss out as he serves his second of a two-match ban for 10 yellow cards on the season. 

  • Where to watch 

This fixture will be available on live TV and will be on BT Sport. Kick-off is 3:00 pm with coverage starting from 2:30 pm. 

  • Predicted lineups

United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, Matic, Fred, Pogba, Greenwood, Martial, Rashford

Bournemouth: Ramsdale; Stacey, Mepham, Ake, Smith, Brooks, L. Cook, Lerma, Gosling, Stanislas, King

 

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