Match preview: United take on Bournemouth in final away trip of the season to clinch top-four spot

Manchester United are on the road for the final time this weekend when they travel to Bournemouth for their last away game of the Premier League campaign.

A top-four finish is yet to be sealed by the Red Devils, so a win on Saturday is absolutely crucial to secure Champions League qualification. The reverse fixture ended 3-0 in the Reds’ favour back in January at Old Trafford.

Currently, United occupy fourth place with three fixtures remaining and Liverpool are just one point behind in fifth, though Jurgen Klopp’s side have played one more game.

After being considered relegation candidates throughout the term, Bournemouth underwent an outstanding resurgence under Gary O’Neil and now sit 14th placed. They are, however, winless in their past two outings.

United’s recent form

On the other hand, United returned to winning ways last Saturday after two consecutive defeats that loosened their grip on the top four. Away from home is when Erik ten Hag’s squad struggles, so he will harbour concerns heading into the weekend.

A positive for the Dutch manager is that Marcus Rashford returned to training after sustaining an injury that kept him out of the Wolverhampton Wanderers clash. He is the Reds’ top goalscorer this season and is likely adamant to break the 30-goal mark, which he can do if he finds the back of the net at the Vitality Stadium.

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