Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth Football Score Match 4 January 2023
Manchester United are set to play Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Tuesday in the English Premier League.Manchester United come into this game on the back of a 1-0 win over Julen Lopetegui’s Wolverhampton Wanderers in the league. A second-half goal from England international Marcus Rashford secured the win for Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United. Bournemouth, on the other hand, lost 2-0 to Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace in the league. First-half goals from Ghanaian forward Jordan Ayew and midfielder Eberechi Eze sealed the deal for Crystal Palace. Manchester United have made clear signs of progression under the management of Erik ten Hag, and are fourth in the league. They are two points behind third-placed Newcastle United, who have played a game more. Considering the painful defeats to Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford at the start of the season, ten Hag will be pleased to see his side in the mix for Champions League spots.
At the heart of Manchester United’s resurgence has been Marcus Rashford. The 25-year-old has now scored 11 goals in all competitions, having scored only five last season. Rashford’s contract will be a heavy point of discussion among the club’s hierarchy, with Paris Saint-Germain said to be extremely interested. Bournemouth, on the other hand, are 15th in the league, and have lost four of their last five league games. Wales international Kieffer Moore has proven to be a useful player for his club, while former Chelsea and Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke has also produced some good performances. It will be interesting to see whether the club’s new ownership decides to invest in January. We expect Manchester United to win this game. Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Bournemouth Manchester United will be bidding to strengthen their grip on a top-four spot in the Premier League table when they welcome Bournemouth to Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils moved into fourth courtesy of their 1-0 success over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, while Bournemouth will enter the contest off the back of a 2-0 home loss to Crystal Palace. Man United made it three straight Premier League victories, and five in a row in all competitions, when they recorded a 1-0 win over Wolves at Molineux on Saturday, with Marcus Rashford coming off the bench to score the only goal of the contest against Julen Lopetegui’s side.The Red Devils have now won four of their last five in the league, while they have lost just once since the Manchester derby at the start of October, with the strong run of form moving them into fourth spot in the table, just two points behind third-placed Newcastle United, who have played a game more. Man United are also now only four points behind second-placed Manchester City on the same number of matches (16), while Tottenham Hotspur’s home defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday means that they can move five points ahead of Antonio Conte’s team with a victory on Tuesday night.
There is no getting away from the fact that it was a poor start to the season for the club, as they lost their first two league games to Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford, but they have won 10, drawn two and lost two of their 14 games since, and there have been huge positives under the management of Erik ten Hag. Man United are preparing for four home games in succession, taking on Everton in the FA Cup, Charlton Athletic in the EFL Cup and then Man City in the league after the clash with Bournemouth. January is a huge month for Ten Hag’s side, as they will also travel to Arsenal on the 22nd, while February will bring both legs of their Europa League knockout round playoff with Barcelona. Bournemouth, meanwhile, will enter this contest off the back of a 2-0 home defeat to Palace on New Year’s Eve, with Jordan Ayew and Eberechi Eze on the scoresheet for the visitors.
The Cherries are currently 15th in the Premier League table, boasting 16 points from their opening 17 matches courtesy of a record of four wins, four draws and nine defeats. Bournemouth have the worst defensive record in the league this season, having conceded 36 times, which will be a concern ahead of a trip to an in-form Man United on Tuesday night. Gary O’Neil had been in charge of the club on an interim basis before being given the job permanently at the end of November, and it will be a huge challenge for the 39-year-old to keep the Cherries in the top flight. Bournemouth spent five straight seasons in the Premier League before their relegation at the end of the 2019-20 campaign, but they finished second in the Championship last term to secure an immediate return. The Red and Blacks suffered a 5-2 defeat when they last travelled to Old Trafford in July 2020, while they have never won away to the Red Devils throughout their history, with all three of their previous successes coming in front of their own supporters.
Man United could have Lisandro Martinez back in their starting side for this match, as the centre-back will have had almost a full week of training following his return from the World Cup. Luke Shaw has impressed as a centre-back in the team’s last two games, but he could be moved across to left-back for this match, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka could keep his spot at right-back if Diogo Dalot is again ruled out due to a hamstring issue that he suffered at the World Cup. Axel Tuanzebe is definitely out with a long-term issue, while Jadon Sancho (fitness) and Scott McTominay (illness) remain doubts for the 20-time English champions. Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were both on the bench against Wolves after recovering from illness, and the duo might have to accept positions among the substitutes once again. Rashford was dropped from the XI against Wolves after being late for a team meeting, but the attacker should be back in the side here, while Antony and Anthony Martial should retain their spots in the final third.
As for Bournemouth, Philip Billing is a major doubt for the contest, having been withdrawn in the first half of the defeat to Palace due to a hip problem. David Brooks and Neto will also again be unavailable for selection, while the match is likely to come too soon for Ryan Fredericks, Junior Stanislas and Marcus Tavernier.Siriki Dembele is likely to take Billing’s spot in central midfield, but it could otherwise be the same side that took to the field against Palace, with Kieffer Moore and Dominic Solanke operating as the front two. Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Eriksen, Casemiro; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Travers; Anthony, Smith, Senesi, Kelly, Zemura; Cook, Lerma, Dembele; Solanke, Moore