Ols Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United revolution should continue as they face a beleaguered Bournemouth at Old Trafford.
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Manchester United v Bournemouth
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United revolution can continue on Sunday with another favourable festive fixture against a beleaguered Bournemouth side enduring a mega-tough run of games.
The Cherries will have faced trips to Chelsea, Tottenham and United in the space of four games after Sunday's contest, and on the back of a spanking at Wembley it'll be damage limitation time at Old Trafford.
United's sudden up-turn has more to do with Jose Mourinho's departure and a helpful schedule than anything Solskjaer has done in his limited time in charge, but just being given room to breathe has perked up United's players no end.
It means there'll be another excited atmosphere at a ground that had been filling up with frustration and disappointment under Mourinho's tenure, and given Bournemouth's defensive problems goals should also be on the menu again.
Prediction Manchester United 3-1 Bournemouth (Sky Bet odds: 10/1)
It's got that 3-1 look to it with Bournemouth much happier attacking than defending and United likewise under Solskjaer management. United have much more quality on paper though and should really make it three in a row over Christmas.
Best bet: Man Utd win & both teams to score at 6/4
Even the toothless Huddersfield managed a goal at Old Trafford in defeat and Bournemouth have far more firepower at their disposal. They'll be hurting after getting thumped at Spurs so will want to make a point and at least get a goal.
RequestABet: United win, BTTS, over 2.5 goals, under 30 booking points
This should be a good game with plenty of decent football from both sides, resulting in a few goals but not too high on the booking points.
Manchester United v Bournemouth Opta stats
- After losing their first ever league clash with Bournemouth in December 2015, Manchester United are unbeaten in each of the last six Premier League games against them (W5 D1).
- Bournemouth have never beaten Man Utd at Old Trafford in all competitions, losing six and drawing one. The Cherries have netted just two goals in those seven matches.
- In all competitions, Bournemouth have won just two of their 15 previous matches against Manchester United (D3 L10), keeping just one clean sheet in the process (2-0 win January 1984, FA Cup Round 3).
- Manchester United are looking to secure three consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since a run of five in April.
- Bournemouth have lost seven of their last nine Premier League games (W2), conceding 21 goals along the way.
- Bournemouth have won just eight points from 63 available away against ‘big six’ sides in the Premier League (P21 W2 D2 L17). Both wins came against Chelsea, while one of the draws was at Old Trafford.
- Manchester United have failed to score in more home league games this season (2) than they’ve kept clean sheets at Old Trafford (1).
- Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has scored seven goals in just six Premier League appearances against Bournemouth, including bagging six in his last three versus the Cherries.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to become only the third Man Utd manager to win his first three league games in charge of the club, after Matt Busby and Jose Mourinho.
- Man Utd’s Paul Pogba has been directly involved in four goals in his last two Premier League games (2 goals, 2 assists), as many as in his previous 12 combined.