Manchester United cruised to a sixth successive victory across all competitions as Erik ten Hag’s side carried their excellent recent form into 2023. The Red Devils have now won four straight Premier League contests at Old Trafford without conceding for the first time since 2017 after brushing aside relegation battlers on Tuesday evening.
Casemiro volleyed in from a Christian Eriksen free-kick in the first half, with Luke Shaw starting and finishing a lovely move just after the interval. United needed David De Gea to make a few saves from the likes of Philip Billing, Dominic Solanke and Jaidon Anthony to preserve their two-goal advantage, but fashioned more than enough chances to win by a bigger scoreline as Alejandro Garnacho struck the post with a sweet curling effort and Marcus Rashford tapped home a late third.
Fourth-place United are now level on points with Newcastle in third and only one behind Manchester City, with Bournemouth remaining just two above the relegation zone after a fourth consecutive loss under Gary O’Neil. Follow Manchester United vs Bournemouth reaction live below!
Man United vs Bournemouth highlights
GOAL! Rashford taps in late third
GOAL! Shaw finishes off brilliant United move
GOAL! Casemiro volleys home from free-kick
Manchester United FC 3 - 0 AFC Bournemouth
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Manchester United 3-0 Bournemouth
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93 mins: Bournemouth strive for a consolation goal, with De Gea forced into another decent save to deny Anthony.
Dembele’s intended cross then bounces behind off the crossbar.
He certainly didn’t mean that!
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90 mins: Three minutes of added time signalled.
Elanga a real thorn in Bournemouth’s side now as they slump to a fourth straight defeat since the restart.
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88 mins: Another brilliant reception for Lisandro Martinez as Argentina’s World Cup winner comes on for the final few minutes.
Lindelof makes way.
United are hungry for more as Rashford presses on, Senesi going walkabout and Elanga just missing a cross to the back post.
GOAL! Manchester United 3-0 Bournemouth | Marcus Rashford 86'
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86 mins: Three goals and three points for United!
It’s a simple finish, tapped in from point-blank range after Fernandes’ cushioned ball from a Shaw cross.
Rashford’s seventh Premier League effort of the season. Game, set and match!
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85 mins: Travers is keeping this at 2-0 as he now denies Bruno Fernandes.
But United are in again...
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83 mins: Chances at both ends as Rashford misses out and Garnacho’s slight mishit forces another save from Travers.
Then Bournemouth break and Anthony drags a shot agonisingly wide of the far post.
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81 mins: Good save from Travers to deny Dalot!
Moore clears a dangerous corner from the lurking Maguire.
United hot on the trail of a late third goal that would completely put this game to bed.
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77 mins: Woodwork!
Garnacho receives possession from Fred after an incisive United passing move, drops the shoulder and cuts inside Cook before bending a shot wide off the far post.
Before that, Fernandes curled the ball onto the roof of the net after Rashford’s pass was dummied by Dalot.
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76 mins: Another change from Gary O’Neil now.
On comes Wales target man Kieffer Moore, who replaces Christie.
Siriki Dembele is also on for Billing.
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75 mins: Clever play from Garnacho, who positions his body perfectly and braces himself for a predictably rash challenge from behind by Stacey.
Yellow card for the Bournemouth substitute.
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73 mins: Stacey and Solanke just haven’t been on the same page so far and it’s seriously damaging any hopes of a late Bournemouth comeback.
Garnacho is trying to pull the strings for United at the other end.
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70 mins: Rashford carries the ball forward with purpose for United.
In a bit of space, he lets fly from range but miscues a shot well wide.
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68 mins: In fact it’s a triple change from Ten Hag with just over 20 minutes left.
Elanga, Fred and Dalot replace Martial, Eriksen and Wan-Bissaka.
A welcome return from injury for Dalot following the World Cup.
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66 mins: Bournemouth on the hunt again as Cook releases Stacey, who is clear down the right but puts too much mustard on a cross intended for Solanke.
Too hard and it doesn’t really give his striker a chance.
Dalot and Elanga will be coming on for United very shortly.
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64 mins: So much better from Bournemouth since going 2-0 down.
Substitute Stacey creates panic with a cross into the middle for Solanke, who is well marshalled by Maguire and Wan-Bissaka heads behind for a corner at the back post.
The Cherries get one here and we are in for a very interesting final 25 minutes or so.
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62 mins: A first change of the night from Bournemouth.
Jack Stacey is on for Adam Smith.
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58 mins: Bournemouth’s best spell of the night by far as Billing and Solanke both go close with headers from respective Cook and Smith crosses, before De Gea then has to react again to keep out Anthony’s strike.
The Spaniard desperate to preserve his clean sheet. Three decent saves in a couple of minutes.
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54 mins: It really should be 3-0 United as Casemiro puts the ball straight on the head of Martial with a peach of a cross from the right, but the Frenchman can only steer his header wide.
A massive let-off for Bournemouth, who are really on the ropes here.
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51 mins: This could turn very ugly, very quickly if Bournemouth are not careful.
Rashford and Martial both threatening a quick-fire third as United pile on more pressure.
A ball is also accidentally thundered straight into Christie on the deck by his own team-mate.
Just about sums up the Cherries’ night so far.
GOAL! Manchester United 2-0 Bournemouth | Luke Shaw 48'
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48 mins: United double their advantage!
A super move from United started and finished by Shaw, who charges forward and finds Fernandes, who in turns picks out Garnacho.
The youngster then feeds the ball back in to the middle for Shaw, who finishes off with aplomb.
A long way back for Bournemouth from here.
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46 mins: Smith brings down Garnacho straight after the restart and duly has his name taken, meaning he will now serve an automatic one-match suspension for accumulating five yellow cards this season.
The free-kick is driven straight into the wall.
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Back underway at Old Trafford.
No further changes from either manager.
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Such a disappointing moment for Van de Beek, who had been making an impression tonight on a rare start.
Hopefully he’s not out for too long. It looked nasty.
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I’m not sure Eriksen’s impact and influence on this United team is getting enough credit.
Generally at the heart of everything good they do.
10 - Since returning to the Premier League in February 2022, Christian Eriksen is one of only three players in double figures for assists (10), along with Kevin De Bruyne (15) and Dejan Kulusevski (12). Architect. pic.twitter.com/fb0j7ghkvl
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2023
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Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth
Not a vintage display from United so far, but Casemiro’s smart volley from an Eriksen free-kick has them ahead at the interval and looking comfortable.
Van de Beek’s injury the only down note on the stroke of half-time. Ten Hag’s men on their way to a sixth successive win across all competitions.
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47 mins: Here comes Garnacho after a block from Fernandes.
But he won’t touch the ball before the half-time whistle sounds.
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45 mins: Two minutes of added time signalled at the end of this first half.
United may well wait until half-time to send on their replacement for Van de Beek, who has now disappeared down the tunnel.
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45 mins: A big shame for Van de Beek, who has had some really bright moments tonight in both attack and defence.
But he’s heading towards the tunnel and gets a round of applause from the home fans.
I think it might be Garnacho rather than McTominay coming on.
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43 mins: Heartbreak for Van de Beek, who has suffered an injury here and limps awkwardly and slowly over to the sideline.
McTominay has been warming up down the touchline.
Replays show that was a bad one for Van de Beek, whose leg bent nastily after Senesi slipped on the wet surface into a heavy challenge.
That could be a serious knee issue.
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41 mins: Good play from Christie as he works his way into the United box and feeds Solanke, whose shot is well blocked by Lindelof.
Bournemouth try to work another effective short corner but Cook’s low delivery bounces off a team-mate and United earn a free-kick for Senesi taking down Eriksen.
A bit unlucky there for the Argentine, who certainly got a touch on the ball first.
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38 mins: Complete dominance from United now as they push hard for that second goal before the interval.
Senesi delays an attempted pass for Solanke too long.
Van de Beek tries to pick out Eriksen but Bournemouth are alert to the danger on that occasion.
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36 mins: End-to-end stuff at Old Trafford as a dangerous Bournemouth counter is foiled by Wan-Bissaka’s positioning and smart reading of the game.
United are quickly back on the attack and Billing pulls back Casemiro just outside the box, leading to a yellow card.
Eriksen’s free-kick is headed behind by the wall.
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33 mins: After Maguire sees off Cook’s cross at one end, Bournemouth’s penalty area is suddenly put under siege.
A dangerous ball from Eriksen is repelled before Rashford almost turns home Fernandes’ excellent cross to the back post.
A fierce drive from Casemiro is also blocked.
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31 mins: By the way, that was the 13th set-piece goal conceded by Bournemouth in the Premier League this season.
Completely unsustainable if they want to preserve their top-flight status.
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29 mins: More Bournemouth pressure in search of an equaliser.
There’s a gorgeous reverse pass from Cook to find Anthony, who forces De Gea into a front-post parry.
But the offside flag is up.
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27 mins: Bournemouth have responded well since the goal, with Casemiro bringing down Christie and Billing’s free-kick deflected behind by the United wall.
Solanke is then falling backwards as he misses the target with a header.
GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth | Casemiro 23'
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23 mins: Deadlock broken!
Superb stuff from Casemiro, who runs from deep and then expertly dispatches Eriksen’s terrific left-wing free-kick beyond Travers with a special volley into the roof of the net.
That’s the Brazilian’s second goal in the Premier League.
Bournemouth concede from yet another set-piece - their Achilles heel all season.
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21 mins: United finally earn a free-kick after Rashford is pulled back by Smith, who is one yellow card away from a ban.
Casemiro was denied a few moments before after weaving through the lilac shirts and riding challenges just outside the box.
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19 mins: That’s a brilliant ball from Casemiro for Van de Beek, but the Dutchman can’t make the most of it and Travers snuffs out the danger.
Better from Van de Beek to then win the ball high up the pitch with a sliding challenge, but Fernandes is dealt with without fashioning a chance.
At the other end, Wan-Bissaka makes a solid defensive header as Bournemouth go direct on the counter, but the offside flag is raised.
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17 mins: United look to get Martial going but the ball runs through to a grateful Travers.
The hosts are also pressing nice and high, but it hasn’t led to any clear-cut opportunities just yet.
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15 mins: No final ball at all yet from United, who look a bit sluggish and off the pace so far.
A silly challenge from Casemiro on Billing gives Bournemouth their first chance to deliver into the box.
But Jaidon Anthony’s delivery is nothing short of appalling and flies out of play for a goal kick, well beyond the back post.
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13 mins: Van de Beek, perhaps understandably, is very eager to make an impression early on tonight.
But he just needs to be careful after a couple of rash mistimed challenges early on, including one that wiped out two Bournemouth players a little earlier.
He looks nailed on for a booking at the moment.
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11 mins: The first chance of any kind this evening falls to Martial, who can only head Shaw’s pinpoint cross well wide of Travers’ right-hand post.
Good football from United in the build-up, with Fernandes central.
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8 mins: A very quiet start to this encounter with no chances at all to speak of just yet.
United enjoying the majority of possession as you might expect, but it’s all a bit sloppy at times from both teams.
A painful blow there for Christie, but he’ll run it off.
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5 mins: Bournemouth are trying to press high early on, but United are wise to the approach just at the moment.
Rashford wins possession in a good area and United’s half-hearted penalty appeals for handball inside the box are quickly waved away.
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Michael Salisbury is tonight’s referee.
United in their familiar red home shirts with white shorts and black socks.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, are in their lively lilac away strips.
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3 mins: An early threat posed by Bournemouth but United are quickly in the ascendancy, dominating possession and probing for an initial opening.
Great noise from the home fans so far, despite the teeming rain.
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Underway at Old Trafford, which has been a fortress for the hosts of late.
Manchester United could end the night third in the Premier League if things go their way.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, need to stop the rot.
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Lisandro Martinez gets that wonderful reception as he walks out to the middle of the pitch, World Cup winners’ medal draped around his neck.
A lovely moment for the Argentine defender to cap off an unforgettable few weeks.
150 appearances up for Bruno Fernandes
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A big United milestone for Bruno Fernandes tonight...
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 3, 2023
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Final preparations as the rain continues to fall at Old Trafford!
Ten Hag explains Maguire and Lindelof pairing
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As well as simply confirming that Antony is “injured” with no further update, Ten Hag explained to MUTV that Maguire and Lindelof were always due to be his centre-back pairing straight after the World Cup.
Now they are both recovered from illness, they are starting together - a decision that has not thrilled many United fans on social media.
He is also expecting a nice reception for World Cup winner Lisandro Martinez from the Old Trafford faithful.
“It’s not about tonight, they are the two we expected to start in the restart, but they both became ill and they were out. Now they have recovered, they are back in the team,” Ten Hag said.
“It’s a reward, I think he [Martinez] deserves it [a warm reception], it was a great performance from the Argetines at the World Cup. It showed when you act as a team, play proactive football and when you have a winning attitude [you can succeed].”
Ten Hag confirms Antony injury
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Ten Hag has told MUTV that Antony misses out on selection tonight due to injury.
No word yet on the severity of that issue.
United’s need for attacking reinforcements this month increases further.
Bournemouth swap two after Crystal Palace defeat
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Bournemouth, meanwhile, show two changes from the team beaten 2-0 by Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve - a performance described by Gary O’Neil as the worst of his tenure so far.
Target man Kiefer Moore drops to the bench along with Jordan Zemura as Ryan Christie and Chris Mepham come in.
Philip Billing is fit enough to retain his place in midfield.
Is that a return to a back four for Bournemouth?
You sense a potentially lonely night ahead for Dominic Solanke up top.
Four Man United changes from Wolves win
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Some surprises in that United team selection!
It’s four changes in total from the win over Wolves, with Marcus Rashford back up front as expected and Alejandro Garnacho dropping to the bench.
Also dropping to the bench are Tyrell Malacia and Raphael Varane, replaced by Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof as Luke Shaw shifts back out to the left.
Ten Hag’s other change sees another chance for Donny van de Beek in midfield, with Antony missing out on the matchday squad altogether.
Lisandro Martinez is on the bench after his return from Argentina’s World Cup celebrations, with Diogo Dalot and Scott McTominay also named among the substitutes after injury and illness respectively.
Also dropping out of the squad are Brandon Williams and young Kobbie Mainoo.
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Starting XI: Travers, Smith, Senesi, Kelly, Mepham, Anthony, Cook, Lerma, Billing, Solanke, Christie
Subs: Stephens, Rothwell, Stacey, Lowe, Dembele, Moore, Pearson, Zemura, Plain
Man United lineup
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Starting XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Casemiro, Eriksen, Bruno Fernandes, Van de Beek, Rashford, Martial
Subs: Martinez, Malacia, Fred, Varane, Dalot, Heaton, Elanga, McTominay, Garnacho
O’Neil hoping to draw on past Old Trafford glories
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Times have been tough for Gary O’Neil of late, with much of the optimism following his caretaker run having now faded and a need to inspire a reversal of fortunes under new ownership.
The former West Ham midfielder hopes tonight to draw on one of the best memories from his playing days, when he was part of a Norwich team that stunned Louis van Gaal’s United 2-0 at Old Trafford in a Premier League fixture back in December 2015.
"I won there with Norwich and it was special because Norwich were a newly-promoted side as well, in a relegation battle, so to go there and get a victory was big for us," he said this week.
"It was a special feeling and hopefully we can create that on Tuesday. But it is a tough place to go and I'm sure not many people have successes there.
"Erik ten Hag has obviously done some fantastic work there. They seem to be a much better team than when he came in, so it's a tough one for us and we need to make sure we are ready."
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Ten Hag insists he would certainly not be reluctant to call on Shaw as a centre-half again, having discovered a useful new option in what has been a problem position at times for United over recent years.
Casemiro has also deputised in central defence over recent weeks, with highly-rated youngster Rhys Bennett also promoted to the first team set-up.
“You have a plan, sometimes it changes by circumstances like illnesses. Casemiro did well at centre-half, like Shaw against Forest," Ten Hag said.
"The way we were to approach Wolves, I thought it was the best match with Rafa (Varane) and Luke, you know the speed of Wolves over the right side and he could cover that.
"We wanted to attack on the left side with an offensive game from Tyrell Malacia and, in possession with a left footer, you get better angles on the pitch.
"He was impressing but he is also good as a left full-back. It's an extra option which is always good."
Luke Shaw: Man United’s new centre-back?
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Aside from Rashford’s disciplinary breach and subsequent match-winning heroics, the other big talking point from United’s narrow win at Wolves on Saturday was Luke Shaw.
The England left-back deputised in the centre of defence alongside Raphael Varane at Molineux and earned rave reviews from Ten Hag, with both Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof ill.
Many people - Rio Ferdinand most notable among them - have since interpreted Shaw’s new-found versatility as another blow for Maguire, who may just have been pushed further towards the Old Trafford exit door.
It will be interesting to see if Shaw lines up at centre-back again tonight, or if he reverts back to a more familiar role on the left with Lisandro Martinez now back in the fold.
Ten Hag reluctant to recall Diallo from loan
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One option United could consider is exercising their option to recall young Amad Diallo to Old Trafford this month.
The Ivorian winger has been in terrific form on a season-long loan in the Championship with Sunderland, scoring six goals in 19 appearances including a screamer at Wigan last week.
And while Ten Hag claims that no options are off the table at this point, he does not want to disrupt Diallo’s significant progress at the Stadium of Light.
“We consider everything. I have a little reservation because I don’t want to stop the process, he is making good progress there,” he said.
“When we decide (he needs) to come back he has to be a player who can compete for the starting 11 or at a minimum of coming on for a lot of games to have an impact.”
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The calm before the storm...
Ten Hag update on Man United striker search
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United’s search for a new forward to replace Cristiano Ronaldo is one the biggest talking points of the January transfer window so far, with Liverpool’s swoop for Cody Gakpo and the ongoing situation regarding Jadon Sancho only underlining the need for further attacking reinforcements.
Speaking ahead of the visit of Bournemouth, Erik ten Hag insisted that the club must find the right fit and not simply “burn” money on a signing just for the sake of it as he offered further backing for Anthony Martial, who scored in the 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest last week.
“You need one who can have an impact otherwise you are just burning money, you don’t strengthen the squad and it doesn’t help you,” he said.
“We have a good team when all are available. We have (a number nine), Anthony Martial, I’m really happy with his performances across many games.
“He has had a really good impact. If you see his minutes and the impact he has had it’s been huge.”
Antony to be dropped?
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Plenty of unconfirmed talk on social media this evening that Antony will not start for Manchester United against Bournemouth.
The Brazilian winger, an £86m signing from Ajax in September, made a cracking start to life at Old Trafford, scoring against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton.
However, he’s come in for a lot of criticism of late for a huge drop-off in form and it seems that Ten Hag may want to take him out of the firing line for the time being.
Man United vs Bournemouth prediction
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Rashford is too hot to handle right now and a renewed sense of confidence around Old Trafford should help United avoid a slip-up.
A 2-0 Man United win.
Bournemouth team news
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Bournemouth’s current plight is not being aided by a number of injuries, with the likes of Marcus Tavernier, Neto and David Brooks all out.
Key midfielder Philip Billing is being assessed after a hip issue, while Ryan Fredericks and Junior Stanislas remain doubtful.
Another yellow card tonight would see experienced defender Adam Smith incur an automatic one-match suspension, with Burnley the visitors to the Vitality Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Man United team news
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You would expect Marcus Rashford to return to United’s starting lineup tonight after he was surprisingly dropped to the bench against Wolves on New Year’s Eve following an internal disciplinary issue that turned out to be him oversleeping and arriving late to a team meeting, coming on to net the winning goal at Molineux.
Lisandro Martinez is ready to feature after returning to Carrington following Argentina’s World Cup celebrations over the weekend, while Scott McTominay should also return to the squad after illness.
Diogo Dalot will need a late fitness test, but Jadon Sancho is still unavailable along with the likes of Axel Tuanzebe.
How to watch Man United vs Bournemouth
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Manchester United vs Bournemouth has not been selected for live television coverage in the UK.
However, you can catch highlights on Match of the Day, which airs at 10:40pm GMT on BBC One tomorrow night.
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Good evening and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Bournemouth.
Erik ten Hag’s side head into the New Year full of optimism after five consecutive wins across all competitions either side of the World Cup break and could rise to third tonight if they triumph again and high-flying Newcastle are beaten away at leaders Arsenal.
They are heavy favourites to pile more misery on Bournemouth, who have lost their last three to sit precariously just two points above the relegation zone. Only Nottingham Forest have won fewer away games this season than Gary O’Neil’s Cherries, who have shipped the most amount of goals on the road.
Kick-off is at 8pm GMT, so stay tuned for live minute-by-minute updates, with all the build-up and latest team news before then.