Bournemouth v Manchester United team news & stats

Date published: Friday 11th December 2015 1:32

Chris Smalling: Has been added to Manchester United's injury list

The statistics suggest there is unlikely to be a goal fest when Bournemouth host Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.

Team news

Artur Boruc is expected to continue in goal for Bournemouth despite a knee problem, although Adam Federici is available following injury. Mark Pugh is also fit again, but Lee Tomlin and Christian Atsu are unlikely to feature despite returning to training.

Manchester United, meanwhile, will be without nine first-team players after Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian picked up injuries in the midweek Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg.

Morgan Schneiderlin is fit after a hip injury, but Bastian Schweinsteiger begins a three-match ban, while Wayne Rooney, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw are all still out injured.

Kick-off at Dean Court is at 5.30pm.

Opta stats

  • Bournemouth have played Manchester United eight times – all in cup competitions – and have won just once (W1 D2 L5). This victory was a famous FA Cup win in January 1984 (2-0).
  • The Cherries have won just one of their seven Premier League home games (W1 D3 L3).
  • Manchester United have drawn 0-0 eight times in 2015 in all competitions, their highest tally in a calendar year since 2005 (10).
  • Of all Manchester United managers, only Lal Hilditch (14.3%) has drawn a higher proportion of league games 0-0 than Louis van Gaal (13.2% – 7/53).
  • Bournemouth have conceded the joint-most goals in the Premier League (30 – alongside Newcastle), while Manchester United have conceded the fewest (10).
  • Bournemouth have scored four goals in their last two league games, all from the 80th minute or later.
  • Manchester United have lost just two of their last 18 Premier League games (W9 D7 L2) and are unbeaten in the last seven (W3 D4).
  • Callum Wilson is still Bournemouth’s top goal scorer in the Premier League this season (5 goals) even though he has not featured due to injury since September 26.
  • Wayne Rooney has averaged a goal every 525 minutes in the Premier League so far this season – his worst ever ratio in a single PL campaign (two goals in 1050 mins). His previous worst was in 2003-04 at Everton (nine goals in 2440 mins – 271 mins per goal).
  • Juan Mata has created 24 chances for Man Utd in the Premier League this season, twice as many as any other player for the club (Rooney is the next most with 12).


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