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Confirmed Starting XI: Lingard, Rashford and Martial lead the attack against Bournemouth

Manchester United take on Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. It will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s third match of his interim period, his second at the Theatre of Dreams. United had won the last two matches, beating Cardiff City 5-1 and Huddersfield Town 3-1, scoring eight goals, conceding just twice. It really has been the first time United had played fluid, attacking football this season.

Liverpool currently sits pretty at the top of the Premier League table, seven points clear of Manchester City, who were leading Southampton 3-1 at St Mary’s at half-time. United were 22 points off the summit ahead of kick off, meaning Solskjaer’s side will have a lot of catching up to do. This is the final game of 2018, one that United will need to win. Solskjaer could be the third manager to win his first three matches as manager, joining Sir Matt Busby and Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Young, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw;

Herrera, Matic, Pogba;

Lingard, Rashford, Martial

Substitutes:

Romero, Jones, Darmian; Mata, Pereira, Fellaini; Lukaku

United and Bournemouth have met on 15 occasions with United winning ten times, drawing three times and losing twice. The last defeat for United was back on the 12 December 2015, a 2-1 defeat away from home. Since that day, United are undefeated in six matches, winning five and drawing once. After Arsenal slipped to a 5-1 defeat at Anfield on Saturday, United have a chance to take on the North London club, currently sitting six points behind them, with a six-goal deficit in goal difference.

I high scoring victory for United would continue to build the momentum, especially with the talent United have in their team. There have been many players missing over the last few weeks and months. These players will be crucial to what United achieve game by game, which needs to be a string of victories to overturn the poor season into one which will be much better. A trip to Newcastle United beckons after this game, before a home game in the FA Cup against Reading at the weekend.

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