Bournemouth enter this tie on a real high after a win at Chelsea last weekend, while Manchester United are at the other end of the spectrum following Champions League elimination Tuesday. However, in terms of the Premier League table the visiting Red Devils and the Cherries’ fortunes have been different so far this season, with Louis van Gaal’s men on the edge of the title race, while Eddie Howe is looking over his shoulder anxiously at the relegation dog fight.
This game should be a foregone conclusion then? Well nothing is straightforward in the English top tier.
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) December 12, 2015
The big news from the XIs surrounds United’s backline, with injuries having forced LVG to make changes. A four of Guillermo Varela, Daley Blind, Paddy McNair and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is far from inspiring, and will come as welcome news for Bournemouth’s stand-in striker, Josh King.