Nine must-read stats before United v Bournemouth
Manchester United head into today’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth in great form, but how does our record compare to other sides in the top-flight?
Moreover, how are the Cherries shaping up ahead of the match? What’s our record like against the south-coast outfit, and which Reds have previously netted against Bournemouth?
Our pre-match stats pack has the answers to all these questions and more…
GOING DEEP INTO SUMMER
This will be the first competitive fixture United have ever played in July. Of course, the seventh month of the year would normally be reserved for pre-season training and friendlies - but not this year - the visit of the Cherries is one of seven matches inked on the calendar for this month.
REDS ON A ROLL
The Reds head into today’s clash unbeaten in 15 matches in all competitions - winning 11 and drawing four of those games - and that’s the longest current run without defeat by any club in the division. We have not lost any of our last eight league games, a spell that stretches back to January.
SOLID AS A ROCK
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have kept 11 clean sheets in those 15 encounters, and in that time we’ve conceded just four goals! The Reds have also shut the opposition out in each of our last four home league matches (Wolves, Watford, Manchester City and Sheffield United).
Bournemouth have lost their last four matches and have picked up just one point from seven Premier League games. The Cherries have also lost 10 of their last 11 away league matches and, with 12 defeats on the road in 2019/20, no side have been beaten more often away from home this season. Eddie Howe’s men have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 15 league matches - the longest run in the division - and haven’t registered a goal from open play in five hours and 51 minutes of Premier League football.
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Bruno Fernandes has been involved in eight goals (five goals and three assists) in eight Premier League games. With time on pitch taken into account, that’s an average of a goal involvement every 85 minutes, and only Sergio Aguero can better that tally (one every 77) among players who have clocked up at least 500 minutes in the top flight.
OUR RECORD V BOURNEMOUTH
We’ve played the Cherries 17 times, with United winning 11, drawing three and losing three. At Old Trafford, we’re unbeaten in eight meetings with Bournemouth, winning seven times and drawing once.
Six current Reds have previously scored for United against Bournemouth: Paul Pogba (2), Marcus Rashford (2), Juan Mata (1), Anthony Martial (1) and on-loan defenders Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo (1 each). Our top Premier League scorer in this fixture is Romelu Lukaku with three goals. Likewise, Bournemouth striker - and former Red - Josh King has netted three times for the Cherries against United.
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This weekend’s match will be our 10th meeting in the Premier League, but the first to take place in the traditional Saturday 15:00 BST slot. It will also be the first time a United league game will be broadcast live in the UK at 15:00 BST on a Saturday. Meanwhile, a Bournemouth win would see the Cherries record a maiden league double over United.
Mike Dean will be the man in the middle at Old Trafford. This is the first time the official has taken charge of a United v Bournemouth fixture, but it will be the fifth instance of him refereeing the Reds in the Premier League this season. Dean has officiated three Bournemouth games in 2019/20, with the Cherries losing the last two 3-0 respectively.
Stats sourced from Transfermarkt and Opta.
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