Manchester United already know that they have nothing to lose when they host AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford for their last game of the 2015/2016 English Premier League campaign.
*This Preview and Prediction has been modified from that published for Sunday, as the fixture was postponed due to a bomb threat.
Manchester City’s 1-1 draw against Swansea ended the Red Devil’s top four finish hopes and with the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on Saturday, head-coach Louis van Gaal is expected to field a fringe side that the side that was originally set to play.
At home, United are unbeaten in their last 7 games, with 6 wins and a draw, they have also kept 5 Clean sheets from the run. United have one of the best home form in this season’s premier league campaign, only Leicester City has more home points than the red devils. The red devils are also good in defence, they have conceded just 8 goals in their last 18 home games.
AFC Bournemouth have no worries as they travel to Old Trafford, they have already secured their stay in the premier league last week. A loose or win in this game changes nothing but nevertheless, they will want to end their season with a win.
Bournemouth are one of the poorly defensive side this season, they have conceded 64 goals this season and a couple of the goals conceded has been the fault of the goalkeeper. The visitors were victorious in their first game as they won 2-1, they would be happier to do a double on United and add that to the club’s history
Manchester United: Team News
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw and Will Keane are still unavailable for selection and won’t take part in this final game.
Defender Matteo Darmian is a doubt with an ankle injury while Marouane Fellaini is serving a 3 match ban.
Manchester United: Predicted Line-up (4-1-4-1)
De Gea – Borthwick-Jackson, Blind, Smalling, Fosu-Mensah – Schneiderlin – Martial, Rooney, Herrera, Mata – Rashford.
Bournemouth: Team News
Sylvain Distin, Tyrone Mings and Adam Smith are unavailable for the game.
Bournemouth: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Boruc – Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels – Ritchies, Surman, Artel, Gradel – Afobe, Wilson.
Manchester United vs Bournemouth: Head To Head
Their first game which ended 2-1 in favour of Bournemouth is their only meeting.
Manchester United vs Bournemouth: Prediction
The Red Devils have nothing left to play in this fixture and the only thing they want is a revenge for their first leg defeat. Even with a fringe side, United are favourites in this game on the back of their strong home form.
Bournemouth are really struggling lately and they may find it even harder to break a well organized United defence at Old Trafford. I’m predicting a 2-0 win for Manchester United and also I expect an early goal from the home side.