By Andy Hyslop
- Final Premier League fixture of the season
- Januzaj, Young and Darmian miss out through injury
Manchester United host AFC Bournemouth in the final round of fixtures of the Premier League season.
United need the three points and Swansea to beat City if they to qualify for the Champions League next season. Following Tuesday’s defeat to West Ham, United sit two points behind their neighbours.
City also have a superior goal difference meaning they can draw against Swansea and still finish above United even if United do get the three points.
It’s been a season of must do better for United from the manager and the players. We’re sure the players will admit they haven’t been happy with their performances this season.
Anthony Martial has been one of few standout performers for United this season and a goal for the Frenchman will see him break a club record.
Martial is currently level on 17 goals with Brian Kidd and Wayne Rooney for the number of goals for a teenager in their first season in the Manchester United first-team. Martial turned 20 in December but was 19 at the start of the season.
Adnan Januzaj and Matteo Darmian have been ruled out of this game by Louis Van Gaal. Darmian went off injured against Norwich but could be fit for the FA Cup final.
While Adnan Januzaj who will have been hoping to stake a claim for a place in the cup final squad has picked up a knock in training.
Ashley Young is also ruled out of this one after the manager confirmed he has been injured lately with many fans wondering why he hasn’t featured since the defeat to Tottenham. Young should return to training tomorrow in a bid to prove his fitness for the cup final.
Despite the loss to West Ham on Tuesday night we don’t envisage many changes to the Manchester United starting line-up for the final league game of the season.
We expect to see the back four of Valencia, Smalling, Blind and Rojo continue. Schneiderlin is likely to keep his place despite being taken off at half-time at Upton Park.
In front of him in midfield are likely to be Mata and Rooney, while we expect Lingard to return in place of Ander Herrera.
Bournemouth have enjoyed their first season in the top flight following promotion as champions of the Championship last season.
They have taken with some noticeable scalps in their 11 Premier League victories this season, including United in the encounter at Dean Court earlier in the season.
They currently sit 16th in the Premier League table with 42 points and a win at Old Trafford could see them finishing as high a 12th in the league table.
If Bournemouth to carry on progressing like they have in the past few seasons they will need to keep hold of manager Eddie Howe, who will have no shortage of suitors in the Premier League.