Manchester United can extend their unbeaten run to 16 games with a victory over Bournemouth but the south-coast team are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the Premier League table in search of renewed top flight status.
The Cherries have won just one of their last 9 games, a 2-1 win over Aston Villa in February. 7 defeats and 1 draw in that time has left Eddie Howe’s side in the relegation zone and their visit to Old Trafford is the first of five games against teams in the top half of the table.
Bournemouth did however win the reverse fixture this season when Joshua King scored the decisive goal.
We might see the first bit of rotation in the starting eleven from Ole Gunnar Solskjær who will be picking his teams carefully between now and the end of the season.
The 2019/20 season has been blighted by injury but with an almost fully fit squad, the Norwegian will be aiming to keep it like that for as long as possible.
The return of football has left players vulnerable to muscle injuries and it is up to the club to manage that – rotation will be vital.
Paul Pogba, who has started two games since football returned, could be given a rest and United’s most used midfield partnership this season could make a return.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial
Bournemouth (4-4-2): Ramsdale; Danjuma, Cook, Ake, Smith; Stanislas, Gosling, Billing, Brooks; King, Solanke