Written by billythekid
After two 0-0 results running, at home against Norwich and most recently away at Watford, our next game is at home against an improving Manchester United side. One of the most famous clubs in the World, United at one time when the Cherries were in the lower leagues was the team the Cherries fans wanted to draw in the FA Cup with the chance of a giant-killing act (it happened) but also put much-needed money back then in the clubs coffers. We met them six times in the FA Cup, one was a replay after a 1-1 draw at Dean Court in February of the 1988-89 season, United won the replay at Old Trafford by the only goal of the game. We had that famous FA Cup win over them at Dean Court in the January of the 1983-84 season. Since then it has been 27 seasons before we met again in a competitive game.
Their manager is a former long-time player for their club the Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who took the job of manager in December 2018. He takes on a job where managers before him have failed to follow in the footsteps of one of if not the greatest manager they have ever had in Alex Ferguson. Solskjær in his first season in charge his side won their first six PL games, including his first game which was away to his first manager’s job at Cardiff City, United won 1-5. The United team finished in 6th position last season. In the Summer Manchester United broke the World Record for the signing of a defender when they signed centre back Harry Maguire from Leicester City for £80 million. They signed two other players, right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for £45 million and midfielder Daniel James from Swansea for £15 million. Striker Romelu Lukaku has left Manchester United and joined Inter Milan for £73 million.
This season Manchester United have had a mixed start to the season, in their first home game they beat Chelsea 4-0, this was followed by a 1-1 draw away at Wolverhampton. The first defeat of the season came in their home game against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace 1-2. This was followed by a visit to Southampton which finished 1-1. United returned to winning ways with a 1-0 home win against Leicester City. In their next game, they lost again at the London Stadium to West Ham 2-0, Manchester United looked a poor team. This was followed with a 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal and a 1-0 defeat away against Newcastle United. The next two games saw their side gradually improving, with a 1-1 draw at home against leaders Liverpool and a 1-3 win against a struggling Norwich City side at Carrow Road in their last league game.
This Saturday our side will need to lift their game against an improving Manchester United team If we are to get anything out of it. Our forwards need to start finding the net as our goalkeeper and defenders have been doing their job at the back. In our league games against Manchester United at Dean Court, we have W 1, D 0, L 3. In all competitions, AFCB have W 2, D 3, L 11.
AFCB Team News
Andrew Surman was unavailable for the Watford game due to a knee problem. Otherwise, we are down to the long term absentees, Dan Gosling, David Brooks, Junior Stanislas and Charlie Daniels.
AFCB Player To Watch
It is difficult to pick any one player at the moment. We have two of our important players going into this game on 4 yellow cards, both midfielders, Philip Billing and Jefferson Lerma, we don’t want them both getting yellow carded in the same game, if at all. Our defence will need to keep an eye on an improved Rashford and Martial who has returned to the United team after injury. Callum Wilson hasn’t been at his best in our last two games and was substituted at Watford. Josh King hopefully can get back on the score sheet and break the run that has seen our side without a goal in the last three games.
Manchester United Team News
They have seven players out injured. Paul Pogba, ankle. Erik Bailly, knee. Axel Tuanzebe, hip. Timothy Fosu-Mensah, knee. Diogo Dalot, groin. Possibles who may return soon, Luke Shaw, thigh. Nemanja Matic, injury not specified. United have a game tonight in the League Cup away at Chelsea, so there could be addition/s to the list.
Manchester United Player To Watch
Marcus Rashford after being ‘out of sorts’, has started to find his form again with goals in Manchester United’s last two matches. He has scored 5 goals and has 3 assists in the Premier League this season. Another player to watch who has just returned to the United team after being out injured is Anthony Martial who returned with a goal against Norwich City.
The referee is Chris Kavanagh who we had in our first win against Saints.
Mike Dean is in charge of VAR.
Last season we had him for our two heaviest away defeats in London against Spurs and Arsenal.
I just hope we play well. Surely we can beat them, not the team they were under Fergie.
Maguire has a turning circle of a super tanker, they are due for a thumping. – Join the conversation, click here.