By Andrew Hyslop
- Manchester United welcome Bournemouth to Old Trafford
- Three points for the Red Devils could see them move into the top four
After securing the first trophy of the season last weekend. Jose Mourinho and his team are looking to move into the top four and secure Champions League football for next season.
The lunchtime kick-off gives Manchester United an opportunity to move into the top four if only for a few hours. Three points for United would see them move above both Liverpool and Arsenal, who meet at Anfield later in the day.
Manchester United will be looking to improve their home record towards the end of the season. Of the thirteen league games played at Old Trafford this season they have only suffered one defeat but only have six wins.
That record sees Jose Mourinho’s side sitting ninth in the table when it comes to home games.
Manchester United have a virtually fully fit to choose after Phil Jones revealed that he was available for again in a midweek interview the clubs official website.
While Jose Mourinho confirmed in his pre-match press conference that left-back Luke Shaw will play a part in the game.
The only injury doubt is playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan who suffered a hamstring injury against Saint Etienne last week.
We believe that Jose Mourinho will make three changes to his EFL Cup Final team. With Daley Blind replacing Marcos Rojo at left-back. Despite Mourinho confirming that Luke Shaw will play a part in the game, we believe this will be from the bench.
While we also believe that Michael Carrick will be restored to the starting line-up, replacing Wembley goalscorer Jesse Lingard.
The final change we are predicting will see Marcus Rashford replacing Anthony Martial on the left wing.
Bournemouth travel to Old Trafford sitting 14th in the Premier League table and on a run of four straight defeats.
They currently sit on 26 points, leaving them four points above the relegation zone and if they continue on their current run of form they will be dragged into the relegation battle.
If Bournemouth are going to leave Old Trafford with any points they will need to keep it tight at back. Something they struggled to do this season.
They have conceded 51 goals in 26 league games this season, meaning they have conceded on average just under two goals a game.
While at the other end of the pitch they are missing the attacking talents of Callum Wilson. Who suffered a second cruciate knee ligament in the space of 16 months at the start of February. Ruling him out for the rest of this season at least.
Bournemouth will also be without captain Simon Francis but Eddie Howe could have Jordan Ibe available for selection after injury.