Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs AFC Bournemouth

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Everything you need to know ahead of the crunch Premier League clash at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday

After a defeat that Jose Mourinho later claimed he could smell coming days before against West Brom at the weekend, Manchester United need to bounce back at Bournemouth on Wednesday if they are to take any kind of confidence into this weekend's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.

Mourinho was very critical of his players following the 1-0 loss to Albion which clinched the Premier League title for Manchester City, and he has already warned that changes will be afoot at the Vitality Stadium with places up for grabs for Saturday's Wembley crunch clash.

That could mean some big names missing out as Mourinho looks to shake up his side in a bid to change their fortunes after a flat performance at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Man Utd injuries

Other than the continued absence of Sergio Romero with a knee injury, United shouldn't have any medical worries. Eric Bailly was missing from the 18 against West Brom as Jose Mourinho looked to add a ball-playing centre-back in Victor Lindelof but the Ivorian could return for the trip to the south coast.

Man Utd Suspensions

Neither United nor Bournemouth have any suspension issues and that extends as far as having no players on the verge of a ban thanks to the FA's latest amnesty. Between now and the end of the season, only those players in the Premier League who have collected 15 yellow cards in domestic competition will face having to sit out any matches.

Man Utd Potential Starting Line-up

Should Mourinho wish to go with wholesale changes he may bring six or more new faces in following the loss to West Brom. The likes of Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez could be among the high-profile players left out, with Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford all potential returnees.

At the back there should be a return for Eric Bailly, while one of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo could play too. Luke Shaw may be an option at left-back, with Ashley Young either left out or shifted to the right to spell Antonio Valencia if the ex-Southampton man is given a chance to start.

In midfield there could be a call-up for Scott McTominay, although Ander Herrera might be given the nod ahead of the young Scot.

Man Utd possible XI

AFC Bournemouth Team News

While Bournemouth are not yet mathematically safe, few believe their current 38-point haul will not be enough to keep them in the Premier League for a fourth straight season.

Eddie Howe's men have defied doubters yet again in 2017-18. They have done just enough to stay away from the drop zone for the majority of the campaign, with their early form of four straight defeats quickly giving way to a run of important results.

January victories at home to Arsenal (2-1) and at Chelsea, by an improbable 3-0 margin, were the highlights of their season, and Howe remains one of the most highly-rated young managers in the game as a result.

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Theirs is not a squad littered with big names, nor with goals - Callum Wilson's seven make him the Cherries' top scorer - yet they have made themselves very difficult to beat in their three Premier League campaigns and may well fancy their chances of toppling an inconsistent United side on Wednesday.

Callum Wilson Bournemouth

TV Channel & Kick-off time

The match at the Vitality Stadium kicks off at 19:45 GMT on Wednesday, with live coverage available in the UK on BT Sport 1 beginning at 19:00.

Best Opta Match facts

  • After winning their first Premier League meeting with Man Utd (2-1 in December 2015), the Cherries have lost three and drawn one of the subsequent four.

  • The Red Devils have only failed to score in one of their previous 13 meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions, losing 2-0 in an FA Cup tie in January 1984, when the Cherries were managed by Harry Redknapp.

  • Indeed, both teams have found the net in four of the previous five Premier League meetings, with Man Utd’s 1-0 win in December the only time a team has kept a clean sheet.

  • Man Utd’s last 10 away Premier League goals have all come after half-time.

  • Manchester United have come from two goals down to win their last two Premier League away games – the first side in the history of the competition to do so.

  • Indeed, only twice has a side come from behind to win three consecutive away games at all in the Premier League – Leeds in October 1999 and Tottenham in December 2013.

  • The Cherries have conceded in each of their last 11 home Premier League games, the longest current run in the division.

  • Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his five Premier League appearances against Bournemouth, including the winner in the reverse fixture in December, and a four-goal haul against them for Everton last season.