The Theatre of Dreams
Manchester United welcome Bournemouth to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon in their quest towards securing a Champions League finish whilst the visitors are in a tough fight for survival on the other end of the table.
The Red Devils have, since the return to play, been absolutely outstanding winning 3 and drawing 1 of their 4 played games with the goal difference of 8-2. This run of form has put them in the driving seat for the 5th and final Champions League spot (unless they reverse City's ban) but things are however tight with Wolverhampton trailing only by goal difference meaning they have no choice but to put the pedal to the metal for the remaining games.
Vast, vast improvement
United have, bar City, without a doubt looked like the best team in the league since the restart with the return of Pogba seeing him excellently link up with Bruno Fernandes forming an absolutely lethal midfield duo. Add Rashford and Martial to the equation and you have a rampant offensive quartet capable of potentially breaking down any defence in the world.
Is he the man?
Solskjaer inherited an incredibly unflattering situation when he took over the reigns at United with an uninspired, unimpressive squad along with a lot of injury problems being the main culprits. Now that he has a fit squad and the players he wanted/needed he will be more than keen to keep the streak up and really prove that he is the right man for the job.
If United play like they have in recent weeks they should realistically brush this Bournemouth side away without much effort.
The season has, bar the first few weeks, been an absolute nightmare for the Cherries who can be found languishing down at 19th place between Norwich and Aston Villa. Their goal difference of 30-54 is also second to last meaning that they probably deserve to be this far down.
Eddie Howe's men have the measly stats of 7 wins, 6 draws and 19(!) defeats in league play with absolutely no sign of any improvement even after lockdown. They have lost all 3 games after the restart with the goal difference of 1-7 and have furthermore only emerged victorious in 3 of their last 21.
The biggest problem Bournemouth have compared to other relegation candidates is the fact that Bournemouth have an absolutely gruelling schedule ahead of them with games against Tottenham, Leicester and Manchester City lined up after this one. Unless they can pull something magical off relegation is all but a formality.
There is only one way this can go which is why i will be backing Manchester United to win and clean sheet at 1.77 with Betway.