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Manchester United boosted in pursuit of David Brooks with all Bournemouth players up for sale

Manchester United have been given a boost in the pursuit of Welsh winger David Brooks after Bournemouth admitted that they will not stand in the way of a player if they wanted to leave the club this summer. Bournemouth were relegated from the Premier League and because of that, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, every player will have their price if they want to leave for pastures new, at least according to new manager Jason Tindall. Brooks would be available for £40 million this summer.

It has been reported that Brooks is an alternative should the Old Trafford club end up not signing Jadon Sancho this summer, which could be the case with Borussia Dortmund continuing to talk about the fact the player will remain at the club for the 2020/21 season. However, the pursuit of Brooks should be in addition to Sancho, not in replacement for. Brooks has recently returned from a serious injury which required surgery and the pressure at United could see him written off, like Daniel James has by some this season.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, Tindall has stated that Brooks could leave for the right price, saying:

“We as a football club have got a value of what we believe for our players. And if that value is met then players have got the opportunity to then discuss with whoever they need to discuss with and then make the decision they feel is right for them.

“But first and foremost, it needs to be right for the football club and once it’s right for the football club then, as you’ve seen in the past, I don’t think it’s a club that will stand in anybody’s way providing that the club’s happy with and it meets the valuation of the player.”

Both Nathan Ake and Aaron Ramsdale have already left the Vitality Stadium this summer, signing for Manchester City and Sheffield United respectively with the club earning around £58.5 million from the two transfers. Tindall could have problems because Brooks, Josh King and Callum Wilson are all linked with moves to other clubs this summer, seemingly wanting to keep their Premier League dreams alive. Tindall continue by confirming that until offers came in for players, they will continue to play for Bournemouth:

“Until any offers come in for any players then they remain in Bournemouth regardless anyway.  The squad are happy here. They know they’re at a fantastic club and it’s a club that’s going places and want to achieve something this year.

“I think when you’ve got that purpose as a player where you’re going into a season where you’re looking to be successful and achieve something, I think it’s a great thing to have and people want to be a part of that.”

United remain determined to sign Sancho this summer, however, they will need to stump up £108 million in order for that to happen. This seems to be a major sticking point and the fact that United seem to struggle signing players with everything seemingly left so late that it either does not happen or the club get their pants pulled down. Along with Brooks, the club is also linked with Juventus winger Douglas Costa, who I believe would be a mistake as he does not fit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans in terms of age and his ability has suffered in the past season. United will need to get something done and quickly or the news season will commence before any signings have been confirmed this summer.

Written by John Walker

David Brooks to cost £40 million but he’s not a player that should be considered instead of Jadon Sancho

Manchester United have reportedly been told by Bournemouth that they would need to pay £40 million to sign David Brooks this summer. The 23-year-old Welsh winger is said to be an option for United should they not end up signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer. That seems to be the case with a number of players this summer, whether it is true or not we shall have to wait and see. Personally, Brooks is not a player that should be signed instead of Sancho this summer.

According to The Sun, United are long-term admirers of Brooks, 23, and are supposedly ready to make a deal with the Championship club, who were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season. The former Sheffield United player would have missed the entire 2019/20 season if it was not for the coronavirus pandemic and the three-month delay to the season, which enabled him to return in June after ankle surgery because of an injury that happened during the previous season.

New Bournemouth manager, Jason Tindall, would like to keep Brooks at the club as he feels it might enable them to bounce back to the Premier League after the 2020/21 season, which might be a tough battle for them. That said, it is stated that the club’s Russian owner Maxim Demin would sell the player at the right price to help reduce the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic at the club. During the summer of 2018, Brooks signed for Bournemouth from Sheffield United for £11.5 million.

During the 2018/19 season, Brooks has a breakthrough season at the South Coast club, making a total of 33 appearances, playing in the Premier League, the Carabao Cup and the Emirates FA Cup, scoring seven goals and five assists. He suffered an ankle injury that season and had surgery at the end of July 2019, sitting most of the 2019/20 season on the sidelines. Because of the delay to the season because of the coronavirus pandemic, Brooks made just nine appearances in the Premier League, scoring one goal which came against former club Manchester City.

The Welshman has attracted interest from Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and former club City, who are said to still be owed money from the player’s transfer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could speak to Wales manager Ryan Giggs, who recommended Daniel James to the manager last summer. However, Brooks might not be a direct fallback for Sancho this summer and should perhaps be considered as a signing to strengthen the squad, should United actually be interested in the player.

United could end up losing the likes of Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and even Juan Mata this summer, with the Spaniard linked to Fenerbahce in recent weeks. This would leave places in the squad for additional players, which might be an ideal opportunity for Brooks. If a club has been chasing a player like Sancho all summer and ended up signing a player like Brooks, it would be seen as a devastating blow for United, who missed out on their first-choice, signing a player who has just come back from a big injury spell. If anything, it would be seen as Glazernomics, something that United should be steering clear of by now.

Written by John Walker

James Garner linked to Bournemouth for season-long loan spell

Newly relegated from the Premier League, it is reported by The Sun that Bournemouth will look to sign Manchester United midfielder James Garner on loan during the 2020/21 season. It has been reported that the 19-year-old would be able to leave the Old Trafford club on loan this summer and it was suggested that Sheffield Wednesday, Swansea City and Cardiff City were interested in the player. It is suggested that the South Coast club want to make a quick return to the Premier League.

As much as playing in the Premier League would be good for the player, playing in the Championship would see him learn a lot more in the game after playing so well in the U23s during the season. It would be unlikely that Garner would be afforded much first team football at United next season with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay all ahead of him. It would be good to see him get a chance though.

Many players in the past have been loaned out to gain first team status at lower league clubs. Some have not worked, others have. I am hoping that Garner will be one of the latter as I have high hopes for him. I am sure the player will be relishing the chance to impress away from the Old Trafford club, proving himself under another manager and showing just what he is capable of in the game, which at youth level shows his potential and he will be wanting to achieve that at first team level.

If Garner did sign for the Cherries, it would be a club not only licking their wounds from their relegation from the Premier League last weekend but also a club looking for a new direction after Eddie Howe left the club this weekend. It could be a good experience for the midfielder who will be seeking to put himself in with a chance of playing first team football with United in a season or two. This experience would really;y test the player’s mettle.

If Bournemouth do not end up getting a deal done to sign the 19-year-old on a season-long loan spell, Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday have both been credited with an interest in the player. However, United will pick the club most likely to play him regularly as with loan spells, they will only work if the player is given amble playing time. It is possible that other clubs may be interested in the midfielder as there is a lot of talent in his locker, which could be unlocked during the course of the season.

Cardiff City were said to be interested in the player, however, they quickly poured cold water on the reported interest, although that was before there were committed to the Championship for another season, losing the Championship playoff against Fulham with the final to be contested between Fulham and Brentford on Tuesday evening. Garner should be excited for his future. He should be given ample playing time to show what he is capable of, which should excite football fans.

Written by John Walker

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to make a suggestion to Nathan Ake, resulting in transfer speculation – could he fit in at Manchester United?

Manchester United beat Bournemouth 5-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League, which saw United get the best out of Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, as well as Paul Pogba, who was not on the scoresheet. However, after that result, a mere conversation seems to have caused speculation.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was speaking to Bournemouth central defender Nathan Ake after the match with speculation suggesting that the Norwegian told the former Chelsea academy star the following: “We need a left-footed centre-back, so keep going.” It could well be that Solskjaer was impressed with the player and would like to sign him.

However, it might have been a friendly conversation between a manager and a player, which effectively means nothing. Ake is a talented player and has a good career ahead of him aged just 25. This season, Ake has made a total of 28 appearances for Bournemouth, scoring twice and assisting twice more. As a left footed defender, he could be an option.

Now, speculation is something that is either built on something or nothing. It is clear that Victor Lindelof is not a secure option at the back and Eric Bailly, despite starting well at the club, has not done well of late and does not seem to be trusted all that much, even being linked with a move away from the club, albeit on loan.

Solskjaer does need another defender at the club in order to secure the backline as the addition of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka last summer has gone a long way to do that, but United need more. Could Ake be an option for Solskjaer this summer? Would Bournemouth ask for a lot of money for the player? Would the player be happy to leave?

Ake, 25, has a contract at Bournemouth that expires in the summer of 2022 and with the club in the relegation zone in the Premier League at this moment in time, and seemingly looking like a club that will go down with Brighton and Hove Albion rising up the table and West Ham United creating a four point buffer, it does not look good.

Review & Ratings: Mason Greenwood shows his ability with two goals against Bournemouth; Fernandes with one goal and two assists

Manchester United beat Bournemouth 5-2 at the Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, the first 3pm kick off that has been shown (involving United) on television. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy with this victory, despite Bournemouth scoring an embarrassing goal at the start of the match. Mason Greenwood scored twice plus one for each of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Bruno Fernandes.

Despite a good start for United, Bournemouth took the lead in the 16th minute through Junior Stanislas which made Eddie Howe happy. The Cherries threw four players into the box, the ball dropped to Stanislas who took advantage of some poor defending by Aaron Wan-Bissaka. He then nutmegged Harry Maguire and squeezed the ball between David De Gea and the near post to put Bournemouth ahead in the match. 1-0.

It took United 14 minutes to get back into the game, equalising though Mason Greenwood in the 29th minute of the match, the 18-year-old scoring his 14th goal of the season. Marcus Rashford bust away from Diego Rico, despite the latter claiming a foul. He moved inside to Bruno Fernandes who kept up the high-pace of the attack and toe-poked the ball into Greenwood’s path, hitting the back of the net from 15-yards. 1-1.

United found themselves ahead in the game after Bournemouth gave United a penalty after Adam Smith dangled his hand in the box, hitting the ball. Rashford took the penalty in the 35th minute, squeezing the ball past Aaron Ramsdale, who guessed the right direction but Rashford’s power and accuracy was just too great for the goalkeeper to make the save. 20 goals for Rashford now. 2-1 to United. Eddie who?

Two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the half, United scored their third goal of the game through Anthony Martial, who had a quiet first half against Bournemouth but popped up off the left, cut inside and opened up from 22-yards. The Frenchman took aim for the top corner and caught the ball sweetly. Ramsdale flew through the air to make the save but got nowhere near it. 20 goals for the Frenchman too. 3-1.

It was a good start to the second half by Bournemouth. Eric Bailly, who replaced Victor Lindelof at half time was adjudged to have handled the ball, albeit hitting his shoulder with Mike Dean giving the penalty. VAR gave it too. Josh King scored the resulting penalty for Bournemouth, bringing the score to 3-2. Moment later, that had the ball in the back of the net again, 3-3, but the flag was up, luckily for United.

United restored their two goal lead in the 54th minute of the match with Greenwood scoring his second goal of the game and his 15th goal of the season. It was what United needed, putting Bournemouth back in their place. The 18-year-old scored with his weaker right foot. It seemed he was going nowhere down the right but took a strike on goal with his right foot. He generated some power, which was extraordinary. 4-2.

That was not it for United though as Bruno Fernandes, who as assisted two goals today already got in on the scoresheet too. United won a free-kick from around 20-yards. Fernandes pulled rank and took the kick and smacked a curling effort into the far corner. It started as a good match for Bournemouth but turned into a great game for United. Seven goals for Fernandes and six assists. 5-2 to United.

Solskjaer made his second substitution of the match with Fred replacing Nemanja Matic in the 67th minute, opting to keep the Serbian fresh for the visit to Villa Park next week with United still looking to break into the top four this season. Solskjaer then made two more changes with Juan Mata and Odion Ighalo replacing Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. It was a good win for United. Aston Villa next for United.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper did not have the best start against Bournemouth, conceding the opening goal in what seemed like another mistake in him not being able to stop the ball creeping in past him at the near post. These mistakes need to be cut out of his game. He conceded a penalty in the 49th minute, then another soon after, which was flagged for offside.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back made a mistake for Bournemouth's opener with some lazy defending but he soon corrected that mistake and raise his game considerable in this game. There might not be a better right-back in the league that Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Iceman played well at times against Bournemouth and was not at fault for the opening goal of the match, scored by the Cherries. He was replaced at half time by Eric Bailly as he was struggling with his back in the latter stages of the first half.

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5 Harry Maguire

The captain was nutmegged by Junior Stanislas for the opener, which was not a great moment for the England defender. However, as the match grew, Maguire raised his game and helped United push for goals, taking a 3-1 leads before half time.

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23 Luke Shaw

The left-back did well at times and got forward a lot of the time but did not have much involvement in any of the goals. Brandon Williams will be seeking chances to get ahead of him once again, which could happen against Aston Villa next week.

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31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian played a good game for United, despite his side conceding twice against Bournemouth. He assisted for Mason Greenwood in the 54th minute of the match and was replaced by Fred in the 67th minute.

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6 Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba did not seem to be as sharp as he has been recently, perhaps feeling the pressure of the number of matches he has played in a short period of time. He got stuck in as United were banging the goals in though, showing his ability both on and off the ball. He had a free-kick in added time, which was just saved by the keeper.

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11 Mason Greenwood

The 18-year-old had a great match against Bournemouth, scoring two goals; his first the equaliser after the Cherries' opener then his second restoring a two-goal lead over the relegation candidates this season. He was replaced by Daniel James in the 75th minute of the match.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

The Portuguese magnifico got himself two assists; for Mason Greenwood's and Anthony Martial's first half goals, scoring one of his own, a free-kick in the 59th minute of the match. It has been a pleasure to watch Fernandes at United since January. Seven goals and six assists for his club now.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward scored a penalty with United taking a 2-1 lead in the game after conceding early against Bournemouth. Rashford was unlucky with another, which was ruled out. 20 goals this season, the first time he has scored this many goals for his club in one season, at this level. He was replaced by Juan Mata in the 80th minute of the match.

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9 Anthony Martial

The French forward got a goal against Bournemouth, making it 20 goals for his this season too, which is his best season at the club - just days after scoring his first hat-trick of his career. He was replaced by Odion Ighalo in the 80th minute of the match.

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Substitutes

3 Eric Bailly

Replaced Lindelof 46'. The Ivorian defender gave away a penalty in the 49th minute of the match, which seemed to come off his shoulder. It was given by Mike Dean and VAR though. United soon stabilised their weaknesses in defence and restored their lead in the match.

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17 Fred

Replaced Matic 67'. The Brazilian did not really do much in the game but the game was won when he came on. Good to see him get some minutes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer able to give some players. a rest.

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Review & Ratings: Mason Greenwood shows his ability with two goals against Bournemouth; Fernandes with one goal and two assists

Replaced Greenwood 75'. The Welsh winger came in with 15 minutes remaining, He did not really get into the game and will be seeking another goal. He seems to get a lot of criticism from those Twitter fans, who are not fans at all. Nobody seems willing to give him a chance.

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8 Juan Mata

Replaced Rashford 80'. The Spanish magician made his 34th appearance of the season. United won a free-kick in added time but Pogba won the right to take it. It was good to see him back on the pitch.

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Review & Ratings: Mason Greenwood shows his ability with two goals against Bournemouth; Fernandes with one goal and two assists

Replaced Martial 80'. The Nigerian striker came on with ten minutes of the match to play and United having won it already. He played about with his opposition and tried to get United further ahead with his teammates.

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Goals: Mason Greenwood 29′, 54′, Marcus Rashford 35′ (penalty), Anthony Martial 45+2′, Bruno Fernandes 59′; Junior Stanislas 16′, Joshua King 49′ (penalty)

Assists: Bruno Fernandes 29′, 45+2′, Nemanja Matic 54′; Joshua King 16′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof (Bailly 46′), Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Williams; Mata, Pereira, Fred, James, McTominay; Ighalo

Bookings: Jefferson Lerma 31′

Confirmed Starting XI: No changes for United; Martial, Rashford, Fernandes and Greenwood lead the line against Bournemouth; Pogba starts too – no injury concerns there

ManchesterManchester United face Bournemouth in the Premier League at Old Trafford this afternoon in a traditional 3pm kick off. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased with his squad at this stage of the season with all still to play for. Bruno Fernandes has literally changed United’s playing style since arriving in January with Paul Pogba working well with him. Chelsea will be looking over their shoulders this weekend, as will Leicester City, who has dropped in form considerably.United

Bournemouth have fallen this season and could well be relegated from the Premier League, which is what they deserve when you look at their form. In the last six matches, they have lost five and drawn one and their last victory goes back to the 1 February. United need to hit them hard and ruin their season, keeping United’s alive with everything to play for. The UEFA Champions League is still on the table for United, and if they make the top four, will still have a chance winning the Europa League.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

Matic, Pogba;

Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Bailly, Williams; Mata, Pereira, Fred, James, McTominay; Ighalo

Bournemouth:

Ramsdale;

Smith, Ake, Kelly, Rico;

Brooks, L. Cook, Lerma, Stanislas;

Solanke, King

Substitutes:

Boruc, Gosling, G. Surman, Danjuma, Stacey, H. Wilson, Billing, Travers, Surridge

United and Bournemouth have played nine times in the Premier League with United winning six, drawing once and losing twice. In total, United have scored 17 goals conceding eight. Both United have kept two clean sheets with Bournemouth keeping one. United have been awarded one penalty, failing to score it, with Bournemouth awarded one and scoring it. In total, United have received 16 yellow cards and one red. Bournemouth have received 17 yellow cards and one red card.

Back in November 2019, Bournemouth beat United 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League, which is something that Solskjaer will need to avenge. However, United are in much better for at this moment in time with a 15-match unbeaten run, scoring 38 goals, conceding four times, keeping 11 clean sheets. Bournemouth will not be happy to visit the Theatre of Dreams with United in this kind of form, which could be just another sign of their relegation this season.

How Manchester United could look against Bournemouth; Greenwood to continue magnificent season, Fernandes and Pogba to shine?

Manchester United face Bournemouth in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon in a traditional 3pm kick off. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased with his squad at this stage of the season with all still to play for. Bruno Fernandes has literally changed United’s playing style since arriving in January with Paul Pogba working well with him. Chelsea will be looking over their shoulders this weekend, as will Leicester City, who has dropped in form considerably.

Bournemouth have fallen this season and could well be relegated from the Premier League, which is what they deserve when you look at their form. In the last six matches, they have lost five and drawn one and their last victory goes back to the 1 February. United need to hit them hard and ruin their season, keeping United’s alive with everything to play for. The UEFA Champions League is still on the table for United, and if they make the top four, will still have a chance winning the Europa League.

How United have faired against Bournemouth in the Premier League.

United and Bournemouth have played nine times in the Premier League with United winning six, drawing once and losing twice. In total, United have scored 17 goals conceding eight. Both United have kept two clean sheets with Bournemouth keeping one. United have been awarded one penalty, failing to score it, with Bournemouth awarded one and scoring it. In total, United have received 16 yellow cards and one red. Bournemouth have received 17 yellow cards and one red card.

Back in November 2019, Bournemouth beat United 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League, which is something that Solskjaer will need to avenge. However, United are in much better for at this moment in time with a 15-match unbeaten run, scoring 38 goals, conceding four times, keeping 11 clean sheets. Bournemouth will not be happy to visit the Theatre of Dreams with United in this kind of form, which could be just another sign of their relegation this season.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Bournemouth in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon…

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spanish number one has kept ten clean sheets in the Premier League alone this season and it has not been the best season for him at the Old Trafford club. Nick Pope has 13 clean sheets so that alone gives De Gea the inspiration to better his counterpart at Burnley, so starting against Bournemouth, De Gea should be well on the way of matching the player, as long as Burnley concede a goal, with many matches remaining to turn this poor season into something special on the way to bettering that next season with United hopefully mounting a title charge.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

United’s defence has been strengthened this season, not just with the acquisition of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire last summer but because of the way the entire teams plays around the defence. With Matic in midfield, the defence is protected and with Maguire’s fearless nature and the fact he’s playing to the best of his abilities, bringing the best out of his teammates, it has made some great changes in the squad. Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw will keep their places in the team and alongside Maguire, Eric Bailly should be given a chance, keeping Victor Lindelof rested for the matching coming thick and fast for the remainder of July.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are the best central midfielders to utilise at this moment in time. Matic complements the fact that Pogba and Fernandes are able to play in the same team with him and that both can be allowed to drift with the Serbian’s ability to defend and distribute the ball. Pogba, since recovering from his injury, has really risen in stature at the club and seems happy to get stuck in. Long may we see this duo in midfield, providing the necessary for United to blow their opposition aside match after match until the end of the season and into the next.

Attacking Midfield: Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood

Over the last few matches after Project Restart, United have been playing very attacking football and scoring the goals. No 0-0 draws but a slight problem breaking terms down, getting there in the end. Against both Sheffield United and Brighton and Hove Albion, six goals have been scored with Bruno Fernandes an intrinsic member of the attacking formation. The Portuguese midfielder should keeping his place, flanked by Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. This trio are able to bring goals galore to this team, helping United achieve what they need.

Striker: Anthony Martial

The Frenchman has made 38 appearances so far this season, scoring 19 goals and six assists in all competitions. Granted, it has not been the best season for the forward but it has been his best so far at the club in terms of goals scored. The front three, Marcus Rashford, Martial and Mason Greenwood are responsible for 51 goals between them this season, which is a great achievement for the trio and something to build upon for the future of the club, which seems so exciting right now.

Substitutes: Sergio Romero; Victor Lindelof, Brandon Williams; Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Daniel James, Scott McTominay; Odion Ighalo

With five substitutions for the remainder of the season, Solskjaer will be able to utilise more players, keeping his stars rested for the remainder of the season. On the bench against Bournemouth, I reckon Sergio Romero, Victor Lindelof and Brandon Williams will be available for the defensive area. In midfield, Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Daniel James and Scott McTominay will be available. In attack, Odion Ighalo will be the only attacking player on the bench.

Preview: Bournemouth heat to Old Trafford with relegation a possibility; Solskjaer’s side looking to destroy the Cherries

Manchester United -v- Bournemouth

Premier League

Old Trafford, Manchester

Saturday 4 July 2020, KO 15:00 BST

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: Simon Bennett, Darren Cann Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor

VAR: Lee Mason Assistant VAR: Adrian Holmes

Replacement Official: Paul Hodskinson

Manchester United face Bournemouth in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon in a traditional 3pm kick off. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased with his squad at this stage of the season with all still to play for. Bruno Fernandes has literally changed United’s playing style since arriving in January with Paul Pogba working well with him. Chelsea will be looking over their shoulders this weekend, as will Leicester City, who has dropped in form considerably.

Bournemouth have fallen this season and could well be relegated from the Premier League, which is what they deserve when you look at their form. In the last six matches, they have lost five and drawn one and their last victory goes back to the 1 February. United need to hit them hard and ruin their season, keeping United’s alive with everything to play for. The UEFA Champions League is still on the table for United, and if they make the top four, will still have a chance winning the Europa League.

Form: United unbeaten in 15 matches with their form starting to go through the roof with Bournemouth losing five and drawing one of their last six matches. Relegation on the way for the Cherries?

Manchester United: WWWDWW

Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 W, Norwich City 2-1 W, Sheffield United 3-0 W, Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 D, LASK 5-0 W, Manchester City 2-0 W

Bournemouth: LLLLDL

Newcastle United 4-1 L, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 L, Crystal Palace 2-0 L, Liverpool 2-1 L, Chelsea 2-2 D, Burnley 3-0 L

Top Scorers: Martial, Rashford, Greenwood and Fernandes have scored 57 goals for United in all competitions this season with Bournemouth scoring just 34 goals.

Manchester United Goals: 19 – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, 13 – Mason Greenwood, 6 – Bruno Fernandes, 5 – Odion Ighalo, Scott McTominay, 4 – Daniel James, 3 – Harry Maguire, Juan Mata, 2 – Fred, Own Goal, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, 1 – Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams, Ashley Young

United are unbeaten in 15 matches, scoring 38 goals, conceding four times, keeping 11 clean sheets and driving forward in their bid to reach the top four of the Premier League. United were given a chance to break into the top four after Chelsea lost to West Ham United on Wednesday evening, so beating Bournemouth could be the start of something good. Although, Leicester City’s demise could help United too.

Bournemouth Goals: 9 – Callum Wilson, 7 – Harry Wilson, 4 – Joshua King, 3 – Philip Billing, Dan Gosling, 2 – Nathan Aké, 1 – Steve Cook, Ryan Fraser, Jefferson Lerma, Chris Mepham, Dominic Solanke, Sam Surridge

Bournemouth are not in a good place at this present time. They are nineteenth in the Premier League, albeit six points clear of bottom club Norwich City and a point from safety, although it is not really safe their either. In the three matches played since Project Restart, they have not won a single match, conceding seven goals and scoring just one. You would have to go back to the 1 February to see them last win a match.

Team News: Two players missing from United due to injury with three missing for Bournemouth; two injured and one suspended.

Solskjaer looks set to once again be without Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones for the visit of Bournemouth to the Theatre of Dreams. It does not look as if there were any injuries after the 3-0 victory over Brighton on Tuesday evening but this will be confirmed when Solskjaer holds his press conference on Friday morning, which will be broadcast live on MUTV.

Bournemouth will be without Simon Francis and Charlie Daniels who have both been ruled out due to knee injuries and Callum Wilson, who has amassed 10 yellow cards so far this season and will be suspended for the trip to Manchester. This could be a big blow to Bournemouth who desperately need to end their poor form so they can avert relegation.

Predicted Starting XI: Solskjaer to keep trusting Martial, Rashford, Fernandes and Greenwood as attackers and Pogba and Matic in midfield against Bournemouth?

I don’t think Solskjaer will make many changes to the team which beat Brighton earlier this week. Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood will drive United forward, supported by Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic in the midfield. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw will keep their places at fullback, Harry Maguire will be partnered with Eric Bailly, the only change in the lineup with David De Gea in goal against the Cherries.

Match Prediction: United need to avenge defeat to Bournemouth back in November and their current form suggests that the fight has gone and United will keep their chances of a top four finish this season.

United and Bournemouth have played nine times in the Premier League with United winning six, drawing once and losing twice. In total, United have scored 17 goals conceding eight. Both United have kept two clean sheets with Bournemouth keeping one. United have been awarded one penalty, failing to score it, with Bournemouth awarded one and scoring it. In total, United have received 16 yellow cards and one red. Bournemouth have received 17 yellow cards and one red card.

Back in November 2019, Bournemouth beat United 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League, which is something that Solskjaer will need to avenge. However, United are in much better for at this moment in time with a 15-match unbeaten run, scoring 38 goals, conceding four times, keeping 11 clean sheets. Bournemouth will not be happy to visit the Theatre of Dreams with United in this kind of form, which could be just another sign of their relegation this season.

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Manchester United add Josh King and David Brooks to transfer wishlist this summer – reports

Manchester United have apparently added Bournemouth duo David Brooks and Josh King to the summer transfer wishlist, according to reports. King, a former United academy star was linked to the club during the January transfer window with the club opting to loan Odion Ighalo from Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua instead.

Bournemouth, nicknamed the Cherries could be braced for a busy summer with manager, Eddie Howe expecting a summer shake-up. according to the reports. The club are expected to be willing to sell a number of valuable assets, as will any other club in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which suspended world football in March.

The Manchester Evening News has reported that Brooks and King are thought to be back-up options should United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not land his top summer targets, expected to be the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish, who are amongst the most talked about players in respect to summer transfers to United.

Brooks, 22, is contracted at the Cherries until the summer of 2022, which gives the club the advantage if United end up coming calling for the player, whenever the summer transfer window opens. The attacking midfielder can also play as a second striker and as a right winger, which would strengthen United’s squad somewhat with homegrown talent.

The midfielder has not played this season after undergoing ankle surgery in July 2019, returning to training in February and has since been linked to both United and Tottenham Hotspur. King is contracted with the Cherries until the summer of 2021, giving the club a lesser advantage this summer in selling the player for an inflated transfer fee.

The former United academy star, leaving the Old Trafford club for Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2012, originally one loan loan, making the move permanent six months later. This season, he has made a total of 20 appearances, scoring four goals and two assists, playing 1,497 minutes of football.

Solskjaer will be seeking to keep the club competitive in the transfer market this summer, even despite Ed Woodward’s declaration after the clubs financials were revealed last week, seeing the club make a loss post-pandemic, which will likely continue whilst supporters are kept away from stadiums – when football does eventually return.

The club will be seeking to sign long-term target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, although there have been conflicting reports of this happening, seemingly being shelved next summer. However, you never can tell where this information comes from, so there is a chance that it may not, in fact, be truthful.

However, with United still remaining competitive in the transfer market, considering the financial effects from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the club will have made a list of different targets for different positions, then when one is not viable, they move for another, and so on. This will ensure that United are not left short next season.

Review and Ratings: Lacklustre United fails to pressure Bournemouth in fourth Premier League defeat of the season

Manchester United were beaten for the fourth time in the Premier League this season. Bournemouth, despite not scoring in their last three matches, scored at the end of the first half with former United academy graduate Joshua King scoring the only goal of the game. United just did not do enough to get into the game, having just four shots on target.

United started well against Bournemouth and could have seen an opening goal come early if Andreas Pereira did not fluff his lines. The weather was not the best on the South Coast, not that it is to be used as an excuse. At the end of the first half, Bournemouth scored through former United academy graduate Joshua King, assisted by Adam Smith.

Bournemouth seemed to be full of confidence in the second half with United not really threatening much and the home side having a few chances on goal, one of which David De Gea made a good save to deny them from scoring. United then started to have much more of the ball but still an inability to do anything with it, which was worrying.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper did well in the first half of the match although he conceded in added time with Josh King beating him from close range, straight through his legs. De Gea performed a good save with just over 15 minutes to go, denying Bournemouth from a second goal.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The English right-back did well at times against Bournemouth, putting in the tackles in hia area. United seemed to be the second-placed team in the match but the 21-year-old tried to change that. His match ended with ten minutes to go after Brandon Williams replaced him.

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2 Victor Lindelof

After raising his game last season, he needs to start doing it again. He has weaknesses all over and seems to be turning into a liability at times once again. He plays the ball well but for a defender, that can't be all he can do.

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5 Harry Maguire

The £80 million man did not have a good game. He's not been his best this season. He made a mistake which led to the goal, leaving Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who should not have been in the central positions, to deal with Joshua King, who scored the only goal of the game. Improvement needed.

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Review and Ratings: Lacklustre United fails to pressure Bournemouth in fourth Premier League defeat of the season

For a player to be one of the most experienced players in this team and to captain the club, his ability has gone south. He cannot even get a cross into the box, which might actually change in the upcoming General Election. Brandon Williams should have started ahead of him.

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39 Scott McTominay

The 22-year-old lacked creativity and making the right decisions to keep possession. He's in good form though and never held his head down or gave up. There needs to be more players with this ethic in the team. Too many players are hiding in plain sight.

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17 Fred

The Brazilian midfielder seems to be rising in confidence. He's not quite there yet but in terms of what he can offer, he has been doing well. He seems to play the ball forwards often, and has a good shot on him, coming close at times. Against Bournemouth though, he could have done more, in my opinion.

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Review and Ratings: Lacklustre United fails to pressure Bournemouth in fourth Premier League defeat of the season

The Welshman played a key role for United gainst Bournemouth, using his pace to try and get something for United. However, unfortunately for him, they were not in the game after Bournemouth scored just before half time. Mason Greenwood replaced the winger with ten minutes remaining of the match.

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15 Andreas Pereira

I am beginning (again) to wonder what he offers United. He has had a few good moments in his career but nothing to suggest he's a mainstay in this team. The best he can hope for is being a squad player at the club, if he survives the next summer transfer window.

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10 Marcus Rashford

His impact was very little against Bournemouth, who gave him little space to do what he does. His confidence is much higher than it was ane he needs to find ways to unlock the opposition defence.

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9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman started well for United but as the game grew on, and Bournemouth took the lead, he was isolated. Having players like Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard behind him has not worked as they are not good enough.

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Substitutes

14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Pereira 68'. He's not scored a goal since last season. He's not offering anything to the team this season. His decline followed his peak pretty quickly and he's only got himself to blame for that. His clothing label is just as good as his footballing ability - both in decline.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced James 80'. The young attacker had ten minutes to bring something to the team and in 80 minutes, his teammates had failed to bring anything of note. He never gave up and showed a good attitude. He might be thinking about some of the professionals in the team and what they bring, perhaps to find a way of getting ahead of them. That might not be that hard for him.

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33 Brandon Williams

Replaced Wan-Bissaka 80'. The 19-year-old showed some good signs and I expected him to start at left-back ahead of Ashley Young. He showed more than other 'professional' players in the ten minutes he spent on the pitch. Luke Shaw might have a fight for the left-back position on his hands.

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Goals: Joshua King 45+1′

Assists: Adam Smith 45+1′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka (Williams 80′), Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Fred; James (Greenwood 80′), Pereira (Lingard 68′), Rashford; Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo; Mata, Garner

Bookings: Fred 35′, Victor Lindelof 64′, Ashley Young 66′; Jefferson Lerma 35′, Steve Cook 55′, Ryan Fraser 62′, Callum Wilson 90+1′

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