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Man United expected XI to face Bournemouth, Erik ten Hag to make midfield change



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Erik ten Hag is expected to make one change to his XI as Manchester United travel to face Bournemouth away from home in the Premier League.

In their recent Premier League clashes against Brentford, Chelsea, and Liverpool, Manchester United, under Erik ten Hag‘s guidance, have only managed to secure two points out of a possible nine, despite leading in all three matches. This setback has pushed them significantly behind their competitors in the race for Champions League qualification.

Their remaining hope for silverware lies in the FA Cup, where they face Coventry City in the semi-finals, eyeing a potential final against either Chelsea or Manchester City.

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After a poor start to the season, André Onana is thriving in goal and is expected to continue his fantastic string of starts in the Premier League. He has played every minute in the competition since the beginning of the campaign.

Ten Hag’s squad is injury-stricken in defence; no changes are expected to the back line that conceded two against Liverpool.

Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are still the club’s only fit first-team full-backs and will start once again, while Willy Kambwala, who has received some brilliant praise for his performance against Liverpool, will partner Harry Maguire.

There has not been too much of an update on any of the currently injured centre-backs, but the latest injury news round-up can be read here.

In midfield, Erik ten Hag may opt to go on the offensive. While Kobbie Mainoo and Bruno Fernandes will start (barring injury), Casemiro’s performances against Liverpool and Chelsea do not fill many fans with confidence, and he may be dropped for the tie.

With United no doubt looking to dominate against Bournemouth, adding Mason Mount to the team could be a perfect addition to the side, with Kobbie Mainoo playing a slightly deeper role and allowing Mount to progress play with his trademark two-touch football.

While Marcus Rashford started against Liverpool, his performance did not do much to warrant his continuity in the XI, especially considering Antony’s display against Chelsea last Thursday.

Antony did not start against Liverpool, as Ten Hag alluded to the point that Antony would not be able to start two games in a row – but he may get his chance to prove himself again on the weekend.

Alejandro Garnacho will almost certainly line up on the left wing, with Rasmus Højlund the sole striker.

Man United predicted XI

Onana, Dalot, Kambwala, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Mainoo, Mount, Fernandes, Antony, Højlund, Garnacho.