Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be tempted to pick what he believes is his clear best XI once again this weekend.
Solskjaer has selected the same team for the last two Premier League games, and United have won them both 3-0.
This Saturday, United host a lacklustre Bournemouth team which appear to be heading for relegation, although they have proved an awkward opponent for us in the past and beat us at their stadium earlier this season.
That is why United need to start fast, like against Brighton, and not in the lethargic way we began against Norwich.
Home advantage is another factor in United’s favour, but Solskjaer also has to factor in a match at away at Aston Villa the following Thursday, a tougher game.
So we would expect there will be a few changes for this game. There are six big decisions for Solskjaer to make regarding this, although ultimately we predict he makes only two changes.
Six big calls
Bailly or Lindelof? This match is a good opportunity for United to swap in Eric Bailly for Victor Lindelof. We would expect Solskjaer to make this change.
Williams or Shaw? Brandon Williams looked lively after coming on against Brighton. It might be time for him to break Shaw’s run of consecutive starts.
Matic in or out? Nemanja Matic has been vital to United’s way of playing. It is just a case of whether he is fit enough to start this game, in addition to playing 90 minutes against Brighton, and being needed on Thursday.
Rashford in or out? Solskjaer would probably like to give Rashford a rest. But there is no obvious replacement without losing quality, and this fixture is a good chance for the forward to get back on the scoresheet.
Greenwood in or out? Mason Greenwood was too hot for Brighton to handle and he has made the right wing position his own. But like Matic, will he be saved for Thursday’s game? Either Dan James or Juan Mata would be on hand to replace him if so.
Martial or Ighalo? Odion Ighalo is looking to set a record by scoring in his fifth consecutive start. This match could give him a good opportunity to do it. However United’s attack has looked more fluid with Martial in it, and the Frenchman will probably get the nod.
These are all issues Solskjaer will consider, but in the end we would expect him to keep changes to a minimum, try to kill the game off early, and then make changes.
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