Still reeling from their shock 1-0 defeat to West Brom at home, Manchester United will be trying their luck away to Bournemouth late on Wednesday.
Apart from some shock retribution from clubs beneath them, despite how the fans might feel about their showing, Manchester United seem well on track to secure Champions League football for next season.
But what the players will want to do more than ever is ensure that the second spot is well cemented as a consolation, and as of such, this fixture is vital.
Here’s how the lads are apt to lineup during the outing:
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Yet again, Romero will be the only injury concern for Mourinho, but the bigger worry that faces Jose Mourinho is the form of some of his players with the West Brom game an apt example of dreadful football.
To add to this is the upcoming FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham, which is closely placed on the fixture list. Mourinho will be looking to rest some of his key players ahead of the encounter, but his press conference also revealed another key intention of tomorrow’s Premier League game:
“If a player is phenomenal against Bournemouth, he will play in the semi-final. It is an opportunity for some people to get a place in the team against Spurs.”
Another question will be whether he’ll change the formation again, and if Paul Pogba will have a place in their next outing amidst reports that the club will sell him in the summer.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Young
Midfielders: Pogba, Matic
Attackers: Rashford, Lingard, Sanchez, Lukaku
The 11th placed team will be comfortable to face the Red Devils, as their standing seems more or less secure, but the extra game they have in hand might save them from appearing too cocky. No side wants to taste defeat, and Eddie Howe’s boys are no different.
While it will be tempting to try and capitalize on United’s defeat, they themselves will start with their recent 3-0 woes to Liverpool fresh.
In terms of injury, the side will be without Adam Smith, Junior Stanislas, Tyrone Mings, and possibly even Rhoy Wiggins.
Defenders: Francis, Steve Cook, Ake, Daniels
Midfielders: Fraser, Lewis Cook, Gosling, Ibe
Forwards: King, Wilson