Team news for Bournemouth v United
Erik ten Hag says he will have to wait and see what happens in Friday’s training session before deciding whether Marcus Rashford will be able to face Bournemouth on Saturday.
Rashford was forced to sit out of last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers through injury, with that result helping United maintain our place in the Premier League’s top four.
Marcus has been fit enough to work with the rest of the group at Old Trafford since, but reported ill on Friday and the boss did not yet want to commit to a final call on his match fitness, ahead of the Reds’ final away game of the season, on the south coast.
A win would take us to within three points of securing Champions League football for next season, even if Liverpool continue their winning streak, against Aston Villa. Both games kick off at 15:00 BST.
“Rashy, he trained the whole week but today he reported he doesn't feel well so he's ill,” Erik told journalists. “We have to see how he recovers during the day and then see tomorrow.”
Raphael Varane is available, with the Frenchman having played for 81 minutes during the victory over Wolves.
Our no.19 was returning from a month-long absence and was replaced late on by Harry Maguire as a precaution.
Scott McTominay is also on the verge of a first appearance since 8 April, when he scored our opener against Everton.
“It's positive on Varane, [he’s] definitely available,” Ten Hag added. “Scott [is] joining in training, I think if the final training goes well he'll be in.”
Goalkeeper Tom Heaton has recently returned to training at Carrington, but Ten Hag received a blow earlier in the week with the news that Marcel Sabitzer has been ruled out for the final four games of 2022/23.
Long-term absentees Lisandro Martinez and Donny van de Beek are also out for the season, although some positive news did emerge regarding Donny on Thursday.
The Netherlands international has been working hard on his rehabilitation at Carrington for some weeks now, and he was pictured back out on the grass at our training ground, along with the coaches.
Van de Beek will be keen to regain his fitness ahead of next season, after being absent since the reverse fixture against Bournemouth back at the beginning of January.
BOURNEMOUTH TEAM NEWS
The Cherries will hope Hamed Traore is closer to a return to fitness. Traore, who completed a permanent move from Sassuolo earlier this week, hasn’t played for six weeks due to injury after initially impressing following a loan move in January.
Bournemouth quartet Ryan Fredericks, Antoine Semenyo, Junior Stanislas and Marcus Tavernier have been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.