Manchester United v Bournemouth tips – Red Devils looking at fifth-place finish
Fifth-place beckons for Manchester United when they host Bournemouth tonight
May 17th, 2016
Champions League football won’t be coming to Old Trafford next season thanks to the Red Devils’ 3-2 defeat to West Ham at Upton Park last Tuesday, however should they avoid defeat this evening when Bournemouth come to town, then they will at least content themselves with a fifth-place finish.
The pressure will be on United boss Louis van Gaal heading into this clash. The Old Trafford side have been far from convincing this term and although they will be looking forward to their FA Cup final appearance on Saturday evening, this will be scant reward for what has been an altogether barren season.
This will all add to the pressure on LVG, especially since United look on course to finish the campaign with their worst ever goals haul in the Premier League. Despite this, the United boss remains adamant that the side have improved since he took the reins:
“The players know the philosophy, know the character of the manager and know the way my staff is working with them,” he said.
“There are a lot of advantages and you have seen also how we defend. Our defensive organisation is very good.
“Most of the criticism from the media was about our defence and now it is about our attack so it is also confirming what I am saying.
“We have tried to do our best – the players, the manager and his staff. But this season we didn’t reach a level where we scored more goals so we need to do that. We have to also change players.”
Nevertheless, the Red Devils will be anxious to finish the campaign on a high and we see no reason why they cannot achieve this in tonight’s hastily-rearranged fixture. While we don’t envisage any upset at Old Trafford this evening, failure to clinch the three points could well prove catastrophic for the under-fire manager and could prove to be the catalyst which forces the board’s hand. No pressure then.
This should be a straightforward affair with Manchester United sealing the three points with relative ease, more than sufficient for a finish in the top five. The Cherries should find their way into the United net however, given that they have scored in all-but-two of their last ten games and we’ll be backing Manchester United to win with both teams scoring at 5/2 with Ladbrokes.