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Manchester United to muster response against Cherries

Matt Haynes | December 11, 2015

Bournemouth v Manchester United

  • Premier League
  • Saturday, December 12th
  • Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
  • Dean Court, Bournemouth
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

Response needed from Man Utd

Following their 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg which saw the Red Devils dumped out of the Champions League, Louis van Gaal will be looking for a response from his side on the south coast.

United are 6/5 with Coral to take the three points, and despite European disappoint where they massively underwhelmed, if results go their way, they could be top of the Premier League after this weekend’s fixtures.

Anthony Martial was on the scoresheet against Wolfsburg and generally looked lively, so his odds of 5/1 to break the deadlock could be worth a punt. These two teams haven’t met since the 1988/89 season when they battled in the FA Cup, with United winning 2-1 over two legs.

VfL Wolfsburg v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League - Group B - Volkswagen Arena

They will need to be at their best to beat the Cherries though, who sensationally came away from Stamford Bridge with three points last time out.

Bournemouth unbeaten in three

The win against Chelsea made it three games without a defeat for Eddie Howe’s side and they are starting to show that they can cope without key players who are injured.

Glen Murray netted the winner in west London and the striker is starting to prove that he was a savvy signing for last season’s Championship winners.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - AFC Bournemouth v Watford - Vitality Stadium

At 15/8 to strike in the anytime market, Murray is well worth a punt and can cause havoc for United’s makeshift rearguard.

Van the man

Despite being eliminated from the Champions League, Van Gaal insists he is the right man to lead United to silverware.

“You can lose and you can win in sport, and you have to accept that, as a player and as a manager, but you have to work very hard and I am working very hard and my players are working very hard and doing everything we can do,” said the Dutchman.

“The problem is that we have to meet the expectations and the expectations at a club like Manchester United are very high, and that’s our problem.”

It will be interesting to see how United approach this match with the team being criticised for their defensive style of play this term.

Wayne Rooney can usually be counted on when the team comes under scrutiny and the forward is 7/1 to score two or more.

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Coral’s top tip: Back Martial to open the scoring @ 5/1 with Coral after netting last time out.