Manchester United face Bournemouth at Old Trafford in their final fixture in 2018. It is fair to say that this has been a year of more downs than ups. However, its better late than never. It took 11 months, but things are finally turning around for the Reds.
They are flying following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment. 2 consecutive wins and 8 goals scored in the process make it all seem like a massive throwback to the glory days. United are back in business. However, they might face a tough test against Bournemouth. The Cherries have been this season’s surprise package and will be going to Old Trafford to win. Let’s take a look at the line-up Ole might put out to try and stop them in their tracks.
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
Things have definitely improved on one end of the pitch since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival. However, despite scoring a stunning 8 goals in 2 games, they still failed to keep a clean sheet in either of them. De Gea did make a magnificent save against Huddersfield but their only other shot on target ended up in the back of his net.
He will be eager to keep out Bournemouth but may be tested by the prolific Callum Wilson.
Defenders: Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot
Solskjaer looks set to stick with the same defense that started against Huddersfield. Defensive stability is crucial and the United boss will be looking to succeed where his predecessor failed.
Midfielders: Nemanja Matic, Fred, Paul Pogba
Pogba has been a revelation in the last two games. Jose Mourinho’s departure has truly lifted the shackles off of him. What is more surprising though, is that Nemanja Matic has looked better than he ever has in a Manchester United shirt.
Not only did the Serbian score the opening goal against Huddersfield, his 36 forward passes in the first half was more than any other player on the pitch. Telling.
Fred looks like a far better player in an attacking set up and will make a difference if he starts .
Forwards: Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial
Martial should start again having returned from a minor stomach bug. Ole mentioned that he likes his teams playing with width, and stated that he’s noticed Lingard and Mata both like to cut inside. Considering the fact that Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku will probably only be on the bench against the Cherries though, Jesse will probably start out wide again.
Rashford should start, but will be brought off for Lukaku in the second half.