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Manchester United FC vs AFC Bournemouth, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

Greater Manchester, Old Trafford

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Dangerous Manchester United aim to continue winning run against struggling Bournemouth

  • Manchester United are in the league’s top four having won three on the bounce
  • Erik ten Hag is building momentum as United manager and will have the top three in his sights
  • Bournemouth have stalled recently and continue to drift in the bottom half

Manchester United to win 2-0

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Greater Manchester, Old Trafford

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Manchester United’s revival under Erik ten Hag continues to gather pace as the Premier League is back in full swing after the World Cup break.

The club has returned to the top four after an important win away to Wolves recently, leaving it until the second half to grab the winning goal. It’s a game they may not have won last season.

Now, they will have their sights set on catching the teams above them, with Newcastle just two points ahead of them in 3rd having plenty a game extra.

Bournemouth, on the other hand, have just lost their way of late under Gary O’Neil. They were comfortably beaten at home by Crystal Palace in their last game, meaning it’s now five defeats from their last six.

The club is now just two points ahead of the bottom three and the Cherries will be looking over their shoulder. Defeat here could leave them in a perilous position if other results go against them.

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     Looking to register four consecutive home wins for first time since 2017

     Have won seven of their 10 league meetings with Bournemouth

Reasons to be fearful:

     Have a jam-packed fixture schedule coming up

     Still don’t score enough goals

The arrival of Manchester United in the top four signals the confidence that is flowing through Erik ten Hag’s team right now.

They have navigated the World Cup break effortlessly, winning the five games on either side of the international tournament. They now seek their fourth consecutive Premier League victory.

With a game in hand, they could realistically overtake Newcastle if their form continues, although the Magpies will have something to say about that. 

The one weakness for United right now is not scoring enough goals. Their goal difference in the league is only +4, while they have scored some 20 goals fewer than Manchester City.

The good news is that when they take the lead, they’ve won every time this season.

Here, Marcus Rashford should return from the start, having scored when coming off the bench against Wolves, while Lisandro Martinez could make his comeback after winning the World Cup with Argentina.

Star Man – Marcus Rashford

Rashford has now scored in his last three games for United, showing that he is his team’s in-form player. His pace and powerful running make him nearly impossible to stop when he’s in this frame of mind.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Should raise their levels against a top team

     Manager O’Neil has experience of beating United as a player

Reasons to be fearful

     Claimed just eight points from their last 18 away games

     Conceded 26 goals in their eight away matches this season

Bournemouth’s positive start under Gary O’Neil is now a distant memory and the club almost certainly faces a relegation battle unless they can find a purple patch of form from somewhere.

You would think that against a big team like Manchester United, these Bournemouth players will find an extra level of motivation. They will need it to cope with this confident United side.

On their travels, it doesn’t make for pretty reading. Only Burnley in 2009/2010 conceded more than the 26 away goals that Bournemouth have conceded so far, while they’ve collected eight from a possible 54 points.

It’ll be a tall order here, but the longer they can withstand United’s attack, the more they will frustrate the home team.

The club will assess Philip Billing after suffered a knock against Crystal Palace.

Star Man – Kieffer Moore

With United’s defence not exactly the tallest, particularly on the left-hand side, Moore’s physical presence could cause them a problem or too. His teammates must provide accurate service, however.

     United’s superior quality will see them control the game

     Bournemouth must frustrate them with solid defending

     Rashford to score or assist

Many will predict this to be a comfortable victory for Manchester United, judging by the form guide for both teams.

It may well turn out that way, but we have seen teams near the bottom cause problems for teams near the top recently – Everton held Manchester City in their last game.

With Marcus Rashford’s current form, not to mention the control that Casemiro and Eriksen give in midfield, you would expect another three points for United here.

Manchester United to win 2-0

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Author: Ross B.