Manchester United will look to cement their position amongst the Premier League top four as they take on relegation candidate Bournemouth at Old Trafford in a midweek battle.
The Red Devils sit fourth in the table, two points above slipping Tottenham. They can pull a full five points clear with a victory, potentially pushing above Newcastle into third.
All eyes at Old Trafford will be on Marcus Rashford, who was sat on the bench last time out as a disciplinary measure for missing a team meeting, but came on as a substitute and turned the game. The England international was sensational at the World Cup and has continued his good form as the Premier League returns to action.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, sit just two points above the drop zone and have dropped three straight matches in all competitions since returning to action this winter. They have suffered consecutive 2-0 defeats in league play to Chelsea and Crystal Palace, well beaten in both games.
The Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
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Man United vs. Bournemouth live score
Confirmed starting lineups:
Man United (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1. De Gea (GK) — 29. Wan-Bissaka, 5. Maguire, 2. Lindelof, 23. Shaw — 18. Casemiro, 14. Eriksen — 8. Fernandes, 34. Van de Beek, 10. Rashford — 9. Martial.
Bournemouth (4-4-2, right to left): 1. Travers (GK) — 15. Smith, 25. Senesi, 5. Kelly, 6. Mepham — 32. Anthony, 4. Cook, 8. Lerma, 29. Billing — 9. Solanke, 10. Christie.
Man United vs Bournemouth live updates, highlights, commentary
50 mins to kick: It’s a 100th appearance for Bournemouth captain Lloyd Kelly, who reaches the milestone at 24 years old.
Kelly is a former England youth international who has struggled for time this season thanks to a long-term ankle injury that he’s only just recently recovered from. He arrived with the Cherries in 2019 from his hometown club Bristol City in a £11 million deal.
100 #afcb appearances for the skip ❤️
Love it, @lloydkelly4 🙌 pic.twitter.com/srjIkSDwFk
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) January 3, 2023
60 mins to kick: Lineups for both teams are in, and Erik ten Hag has rotated his side heavily, showing Bournemouth little respect. As mentioned earlier, Harry Maguire does indeed get the start, but surprisingly, it’s Victor Lindelof who is his centre-back partner. That means Raphael Varane drops to the bench for rest, while Lisandro Martinez fails to earn the start after returning from World Cup action.
Donny van de Beek also sees his name on the lineup sheet, just his second of the season after he was deployed in the 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa in early November.
Interesting calls from Ten Hag in terms of team selection. Van de Beek is running out of chances but gets another tonight. Varane having a rest makes sense. Rashford was always coming back in. #MUFC
— Matthew Law (@MLAW290) January 3, 2023
78 mins to kick: There is some noise that Harry Maguire could get the start at centre-back tonight for Manchester United, with Lisandro Martinez also poised to return from his World Cup duties. That would leave Raphael Varane on the outside looking in. It wouldn’t be a shock, as Erik ten Hag and other Premier League managers look to rotate their players and avoid overuse knowing the World Cup took a toll on many of those that went deep in the competition, such as Varane with France.
EXCLUSIVE: Harry Maguire starts for #mufc vs Bournemouth pic.twitter.com/IX9jsP5EkM
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) January 3, 2023
100 mins to kick: Marcus Rashford has regained his form this season after struggling mightily last campaign. His return as a top player is a critical reason for Manchester United’s recent rise up the table in recent weeks, scoring three goals in the club’s last five Premier League matches.
That could re-ignite interest from abroad, including from PSG who have been linked to Rashford in the past. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is notoriously loose-lipped with his player acquisitions, stated in December to Sky Sports that he would be interested in signing Rashford this coming summer.
Rashford is out of contract with Manchester United, and his play this season will give the Red Devils reason to rethink their strategy of letting his deal run out. Italian publication Calciomercato claimed just yesterday that PSG will offer Rashford a contract worth €10 million per year, hoping to convince him to move abroad, although that reportedly falls short of what he earns right now at Manchester United.
🗣️ | Casemiro is a big fan of Marcus Rashford.
Can Rashford become one the world’s best footballers? pic.twitter.com/JeLK0y5krR
— TEAMtalk (@TEAMtalk) January 3, 2023
120 mins to kick: Anthony Martial is expected to start up front for Manchester United at the striker position today against Bournemouth. While the Red Devils have managed to create goalscoring chances in the current setup, that spot represents a clear need for the club this January.
There are a host of options, with United reportedly interested in their former man Memphis Depay, who is struggling for time at Barcelona. A reunion could be a cut-price option that brings a clear upgrade up front.
Read more about all of Manchester United’s rumoured transfer business here.
Manchester United are hoping to bring in a forward during the transfer window, but they don’t want to break the bank.
Memphis Depay, once of #MUFC, is a potential option; the Dutchman has just six months left on his contract with Barcelona and would be available for a cut-price.
— The Athletic | Football (@TheAthleticFC) January 3, 2023
Man United vs. Bournemouth lineups & team news
In-form England international Marcus Rashford is returns to the starting lineup after starting last match on the bench, but coming on to provide an injection of positivity and turning the tide in Man United’s favor.
Otherwise, there are few expected changes. Luke Shaw was forced to deputise at center-back against Wolves over the weekend, but moves back to his natural left-back position. Erik ten Hag has rotated Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof into the lineup, with World Cup participants Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane both available off the bench. Tyrell Malacia drops amongst the substitutes despite a positive showing against Wolves.
Diogo Dalot is nursing a hamstring injury, forcing out of favor Aaron Wan-Bissaka into the side, while Scott McTominay and Jadon Sancho are also suffering from short-term issues that leave them out of starting contention.
Man United starting lineup (4-2-3-1): De Gea (GK) — Wan-Bissaka, Varane, L. Martinez, Shaw — Casemiro, Eriksen — Antony, Fernandes, Rashford — Martial.
Man United subs (9): Heaton (GK), Varane, Martinez, Malacia, Dalot, McTominay, Fred, Elanga, Garnacho.
📋 Presenting our first line up of 2023! 🔴#MUFC || #MUNBOU
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 3, 2023
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Bournemouth coach Gary O’Neil doesn’t have many options in his squad, but has still found ways to make changes given the struggles to restart play following the World Cup break. Most notably, the Cherries have moved to a 4-4-2 formation, as the 3-5-2 has proven unsuccessful lately.
The strike partnership of Dominic Solanke and Kieffer Moore continues to misfire, as Solanke has not scored since November 5, while his Welsh teammate has also drawn a blank in three straight despite impressing in Qatar. That sees Ryan Christie come in up front, replacing Moore.
Ryan Fredericks is out with a knock, while Marcus Tavernier and David Brooks are close to returning from thigh injuries but not quite ready yet. Goalkeeper Neto is nearing a return from his long-term injury, but will need to regain his fitness after being out since late October.
Bournemouth starting lineup (3-5-2): Travers (GK) — Mepham, Senesi, Kelly — Smith, Cook, Lerma, Dembele, Zemura — Solanke, Christie.
Bournemouth subs (9): Plain (GK), Zemura, Stephens, Stacey, Rothwell, Pearson, Dembele, Moore, Lowe.
📝 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 📝
🔺 Two changes at Old Trafford
🔺 Mepham in from the off
🔺 Christie also starts
Your team for #MUNBOU 💪 pic.twitter.com/spQ0E484Jd
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) January 3, 2023
How to watch Man United vs. Bournemouth
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Man United vs Bournemouth betting odds & lines
Odds via BetMGM (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada), and SkyBet (UK).
With both teams trending in opposite directions, it’s no surprise that Manchester United are massive favorites in this match. They are 1/5 favorites coming into the game, while Bournemouth are huge 10/1 underdogs.
The Cherries are also not expected to find the back of the net, as they are yet to score since returning to play following the World Cup break. United have also been stellar defensively, yet to concede in three matches since returning to action, including two in Premier League play.
|Man United win||-400||1.20||1/5|
to score Y / N
|+100 / -140||1.97 / 1.66||10/11, 4/5|
|Over / Under
|-200 / +140||1.51 / 2.50||4/9, 13/8|
|Man United -1.5||-145||1.65||—|
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