Manchester United are hoping to make the perfect start to 2023 as they welcome struggling Bournemouth to Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.
Erik ten Hag’s men sealed a hard-fought 1-0 win at Wolves on Saturday thanks to a goal from super-sub Marcus Rashford – who was dropped to the bench for oversleeping and being late to a team meeting.
That win and other results over the New Year period mean the Red Devils lie fourth in the table, having leapfrogged Spurs.
Bournemouth’s form has been poor of late and they were beaten again last time out, 2-0 by Crystal Palace with manager Gary O’Neil strongly criticising his team.
They have now lost six of their last seven games in the top-flight.
Manchester United vs Bournemouth Betting Tips
- Manchester United to win to nil @ Evens
- Marcus Rashford to score & Man Utd over 4.5 corners #pickyourpunt @ 6/4
Rashford will be hoping his performance from the bench will convince coach Ten Hag to restore him to the starting XI. He replaced youngster Alejandro Garnacho at half-time and that might be the change the Dutchman opts for.
Argentinian centre-back Lisandro Martinez could be in contention after completing a week’s training following his return from World Cup success. meaning Luke Shaw could be shifted back over to his favoured left-back position.
Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof are pushing for starts, while Jadon Sancho and Scott McTominay are doubts due to injuries.
The Cherries are set to be without midfielder Phil Billing who was withdrawn in the first half of their loss to Palace.
Beyond that, there are no new injury concerns though O’Neil may decide to shuffle his pack.
Manchester United to win to nil @ Evens
An element of United’s play that has improved in recent times has been their defence, meaning Bournemouth will face a big task ahead of them as they visit Old Trafford.
Ten Hag’s team have kept five clean sheets in their last eight Premier League matches and, although the defence has chopped and changed, they still look like a strong unit.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth are on a really poor run of form after an encouraging start to the O’Neil era, and they have tasted defeat in six of their last seven games.
They have failed to score in four of those matches and a 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Everton is the only recent positive result.
United have beaten Bournemouth in four of the last five home meetings and should be too strong once again.
Marcus Rashford to score & Man Utd over 4.5 corners #pickyourpunt @ 6/4
Rashford has been in outstanding form for United this season and even after coming off the bench he instantly made his team look more of a threat.
He could have had another but for VAR chalking it off due to a handball in the build-up and now he is on 11 goals in 22 appearances.
United are likely to dominate and may force their visitors into doing some last-ditch defending, which could lead to several corners being awarded.
Rashford has that poacher’s ability in the box and may seek to take advantage.
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