Who: Manchester United vs Bournemouth
When: Saturday, July 4th @ 10:00am ET
Line: Man U -530 | Draw +600 | Bournemouth +1600
Manchester United are purring like a Siamese Cat right now after experiencing a near-perfect restart to the Premier League season. With dominant wins over Sheffield United & Brighton Hove & Albion, the Red Devils issued their dominance. To their luck, Leicester City & Chelsea both lost their recent games.
Now the gap between fifth-place United & third-place Leicester is just 3 points! A top-three finish is a distinct possibility – but only if the Red Devils continue their winning streak. Their next opponent, Bournemouth, shouldn’t really pose a problem. The Cherries have lost all their games after the season restart & actually last won a game in February! As long as United don’t go into self-destruction mode like last year, it should be another comfortable win at Old Trafford.
Manchester United Predicted XI
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, Matic, Pogba, Fernandes, Greenwood, Rashford, Martial.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t switch up a winning combination much at this point of the season. Brandon Williams could start ahead of Luke Shaw after looking promising in his cameo against Brighton. Axel Tuanzebe & Phil Jones remain the absentees for United.
AFC Bournemouth Predicted XI
Ramsdale, Smith, Cook, Ake, Kelly, Brooks, Billing, Gosling, Wilson, King, Solanke.
The biggest miss for Bournemouth is ace striker Callum Wilson, who remains suspended by serving a 10 yellow-card ban. Charlie Daniels & Simon Francis are long-term absentees for the Cherries.
Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth preview
United played some of their best stuff all season long in the demolition job against Brighton, with Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba & Mason Greenwood all shining through. Rewind back to the 1-0 loss to Bournemouth in November – when they played some of their worst soccer all season long – Solskjaer’s side come a long way.
They’re now a much more efficient, lethal unit operating as a well-oiled machine. Fernandes’ introduction has definitely played a part in the resurgence. He’s dictating their attack, always looking to score, forcing them forward and helping hold opponents by the scruff of their necks.
With Pogba’s return, United can dominate games more clearly & create a load of chances even with the bulk of possession. The Red Devils have found the pattern to break through stringent backlines, which could work wonders against Bournemouth.
Marcus Rashford will be gunning to get back to scoring ways & terrorize the Cherries with his blistering movement. Anthony Martial is experiencing inspired form and should be a thorn with his unpredictability. Mason Greenwood proved how talented he is against Brighton & his movement, finishing ability will cause more problems for the Cherries.
With Nemanja Matic’s assured presence, United’s defensive record has been impressive. Harry Maguire & Victor Lindelof look comfortable together, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka & Williams help stretch opponent defences with their surging runs. The Red Devils will need to be creative with their slick passing style to break Bournemouth, who despite recent results, possess strong defenders like Nathan Ake or Philip Billing.
They also have dangerous attackers like former United man Joshua King, Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson, but they’re ineffective due to lack of confidence. Nothing is going right & unless United throw away the game, it’ll be another battering. The Red Devils aren’t in the mood to make mistakes. Knowing how well their frontline is working, this should be compelling attacking display to help Solskjaer’s side get closer to the top-4 spot.
United & Bournemouth are absolute polar opposite in terms of form. That shouldn’t change on Saturday. I’ll go with a comfortable 2-0 win for the Red Devils.