Really laying down a marker since returning from the enforced break, a high-flying Manchester United will be hoping to extend on their Champions League charge when they host a struggling Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
Putting in a rampant display away at Brighton in midweek and landing a scintillating 3-0 win, the former champions find themselves in the midst of a 15-match unbeaten run across all competitions and are still firing in three competitions.
On the flip side, putting in what some branded a season-worst display and hit for four by Newcastle on the South Coast earlier in the week, Bournemouth are a club in crisis and appear to be freefalling towards a Championship return.
While the Cherries may have shocked many across the Premier League by picking up a 1-0 win when they faced off against United earlier in the season, they do hold a worrying record at Old Trafford.
Hit with a 4-1 defeat the last time they made the trip to Manchester, Bournemouth have failed to win any of their four trips up North and another expected home victory this weekend can be found priced as low as 1/5 with Coral.
Fernandes steals the show
Gaining a string of plaudits after what was a stellar display at the Amex in midweek, Manchester United’s 3-0 win on the South Coast has seen them extend on what has been an outstanding run of form.
With only German giants Bayern Munich holding a longer unbeaten run that United’s 15-match charge, the former champions also booked their spot in the semi-final of this year’s FA Cup last week.
Still firing in the Europa League after entering the enforced break with a 5-0 romp against LASK, the Champions League chasers have one new talisman enjoying a stunning run since make the old Trafford switch back in January.
Forming what appears to be a blossoming relationship with World Cup-winner Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes bagged a brace against Brighton on Tuesday night and has cemented his spot as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s MVP.
In fact, since his debut for Manchester United in February, Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions than any other Premier League player (10 – six goals, four assists).
You might be interested to know that Fernandes can be found priced at 21/20 with Ladbrokes to extend on his tally this weekend.
Bournemouth’s horror show
Putting in what most around the Vitality are branding a season-worst display and hit with an embarrassing 4-1 drumming against Newcastle in midweek, the mood in Bournemouth’s camp will be at a continued low.
Dropping down to 19th and appearing to be in pole position to be hit with a Championship return for the first time in five years, Eddie Howe’s side have lost their last four Premier League matchups on the bounce.
Even more worrying for fans around the South Coast, the Cherries have collected just a single top-flight point out of a possible 21 either side of the enforced break.
With Callum Wilson serving a suspension in midweek, there is no doubt that Howe will be most concerned by his side’s rather glaring issues in the final third.
While Dan Gosling may have managed to bundle the ball over the line late on against Newcastle, they could only muster a single shot on target and have failed to find the net from open play since returning to action.
You might be interested to know that Bournemouth can be found priced at 8/13 with William Hill to draw another blank at Old Trafford this weekend.