Erik ten Hag

Early team news: Bournemouth v United

Thursday 18 May 2023 11:54

Erik ten Hag will hope to have Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford available for Manchester United’s trip to Bournemouth on Saturday.

The recently injured pair trained in front of the cameras at Carrington on Wednesday, ahead of what is our final Premier League away game of the season.

United’s form on the road has been patchy of late but a win at the Vitality Stadium is required if we are to guarantee Liverpool remain below us in the race for a top-four spot.

The Merseysiders - who are a point behind in fifth, having played a game more than us - easily beat Leicester City 3-0 on Monday evening and entertain Aston Villa this weekend at 15:00 BST, the same time as our clash with Gary O'Neil's side.

Eyes will also be on Newcastle United's meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion on Thursday evening (19:30 BST), as the Magpies are level on points with us and still not assured of a place in the Champions League. The visitors are also still chasing a first-ever European qualification.

Training highlights: One-two then shoot! Video

Training highlights: One-two then shoot!

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Ten Hag will want his players to keep the focus on the job at hand though, and the ranks at Carrington have been boosted this week, even after the news that Marcel Sabitzer will miss the rest of the season.

McTominay has been missing since the 2-0 win over Everton in early April but a fit-again Scott would provide an extra option in midfield for the Reds as the season reaches its final knockings.

Top scorer Rashford sat out of our 2-0 victory against Wolves last Saturday - just the second league match he's missed in 2022/23 - but looked in good shape as he took part in the shooting drills on Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is also back with the wider group, having not been part of a matchday squad since March, because of an ankle injury.

Sabitzer, who has suffered a knee problem, joins Lisandro Martinez and Donny van de Beek in being ruled out for this match, plus the upcoming home games with Chelsea and Fulham.

United's season, of course, concludes with the Emirates FA Cup final at Wembley on 3 June, against arch-rivals Manchester City.

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The Cherries’ top-flight safety was confirmed last weekend, despite defeat at Crystal Palace, and Gary O’Neil is hoping to have a strong squad available for Bournemouth’s final home game of the campaign. 

The south-coast club announced the permanent signing of Hamed Traore from Sassuolo earlier this week, following a successful loan spell. The Ivorian has missed the last six weeks through injury but recently returned to training as he bids to make a comeback.

However, O’Neil has said that Marcus Tavernier (hamstring) and Antoine Semenyo (leg) won’t feature again this term. Experienced duo Ryan Fredericks and Junior Stanislas are also sidelined.