Manchester United welcome Bournemouth at Old Trafford for their last game of the Premier League season on Sunday, knowing that a win is essential if they want to harbor any hopes of playing against the big boys in Europe next season.
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Manager Louis van Gaal was left ruing his team’s defensive errors that cost United two late goals against a spirited West Ham during midweek. Before the match, Manchester United knew that they needed a win if they wanted to pip derby rivals Manchester City to fourth spot after City could only manage a draw against Arsenal in Manuel Pellegrini’s last game at home.
Having led 2-1 thanks to Anthony Martial’s brace, van Gaal’s men threw away two goals to set pieces in the final few minutes, meaning that Champions League qualification was once again out of their hands.
Even if United beat Bournemouth at home, they would still have to depend on Swansea beating City to claim the fourth spot.
Speaking before the Bournemouth game, Manchester United boss refused to give up, despite conceding that his team had a lost a golden opportunity to go ahead of City against West Ham at Boleyn Ground, according to BBC.
“We are dependent on Manchester City, that’s the difference and that’s also frustrating when you had the chance two matches before the end to keep that advantage.
“We were 2-1 ahead with 15 minutes to play and then we gave it away [against West Ham].
“That is frustrating and now we are dependent (on what City do), but still it is possible so we will fight until the end.”
Adnan Januzaj and Marcos Rojo are the only absentees from the Manchester United squad that traveled to West Ham in midweek, and Marouane Fellaini will miss out the game against Bournemouth because of suspension. Ashley Young has been included in the squad after having made his way back to full fitness, reports Sky Sports.
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Playing their first ever season in England’s top flight in their 126-year-history, Bournemouth’s consistency in the 2015-16 season has been overshadowed by the heroic tale of Leicester City. But, in a season where underachievers have pushed above their weight, manager Eddie Howe has made sure that his players have had their eyes fixed firmly on avoiding relegation.
It speaks a lot about the success of what Howe has been able to do at Bournemouth that the Cherries can finish as high as 12th in the table if other results on the last day of the season go their way. This is the same team that was languishing in English football’s fourth division not very long ago.
Speaking before the game, Howe said that his team has been missing competitive edge off lately, but was pleased that his men will have to turn up against Manchester United with something at stake, according to Bleacher Report.
“We won’t need motivating for this one.
“Whenever you play Manchester United it’s a historic occasion, so I am sure the players will be chomping at the bit to get out there. It’s nice to be involved in games that mean something.
“We are a competitive team and relish that side of it, so it’s a game we are all really looking forward to.”
Adam Smith remains unavailable for the Cherries because of his groin injury, but Eddie Howe does not have to contend with any fresh injury concerns for the game against Manchester United.
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