Manchester United travel to the Vitality Stadium to face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth after a disappointing run of games which has seen them fail to beat Leicester City and West Ham United and bow out of the Champions League after a defeat to Wolfsburg.
Skipper Wayne Rooney is one of nine Manchester United players who are set to miss Saturday’s match after Matteo Darmian (hamstring) and Chris Smalling (groin) were added to the long list of United players walking into the treatment rooms after suffering their respective injuries on Tuesday in the 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is also unavailable as the German faces a 3-game suspension for his elbow on Winston Reid in the goalless draw against West Ham last weekend.
Let’s take a look at the United team likely to take the field on Saturday at the Vitality Stadium.
Goalkeeper – David De Gea
The Manchester United shotstopper could do little about any of the goals he conceded in midweek and will have to be at his very best as this Bournemouth side caused the Champions Chelsea a lot of trouble last weekend.
Defence – Guillermo Varela, Paddy McNair, Daley Blind, Ashley Young.
The back four is all set to get another reshuffle as Paddy McNair would slot in for the injured Chris Smalling and young Guillermo Varela gets thrust into the limelight in what is a must win game for United.
Ashley Young is the only option at left back with the likes of Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw out.
Midfield – Carrick, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Mata, Depay.
The Carrick-Schneiderlin combination struggled in some of the earlier games as both are reluctant to make forward runs and like to play the anchor role. It will be interesting to see whether van Gaal allows Morgan Schneiderlin a bit more freedom to support the attackers.
Jesse Lingard deserves his place in the side after a run of solid performances, but Juan Mata needs to step up after he showed signs of coming back to form with a better showing at Wolfsburg as he slipped Anthony Martial in for the early goal.
Memphis Depay has yet another chance to make it count in a United shirt after fading away since his explosive start.
Striker – Anthony Martial
The Frenchman scored in Germany in midweek to break his long barren streak and has to be as clinical as he was on Tuesday after missing a couple of glorious chances against West Ham last week.