Manchester United might have a new pecking order on the left wing

Change on the left?

Jadon Sancho was arguably United's weakest performer last week and he has endured a weak second season. Alejandro Garnacho took his chance and if Marcus Rashford is fit there are two options more deserving of a start at Bournemouth.

Any other changes?

The week-long gap between matches all but guarantees few, if any, changes from United manager Erik ten Hag. If Rashford recovers from illness then his inclusion is likely but beyond the frontline, there are no obvious areas to change the personnel. Diogo Dalot has not started in the last two games

End of the road

United have had a particularly gruelling season on the road and their supporters still have to get around rail strikes for the FA Cup final. The longest league trip is also their last and United's away record against bottom-half sides is decent (six wins, two draws and one defeat).

Also read: United give update on Rashford contract negotiations[1]

Surprisingly, United are fifth in the away table but they were limp at strugglers West Ham a fortnight ago and United were profligate again against a tame Wolves last week. Bournemouth, like Wolves, are assured of their Premier League status next season.

One step closer?

United could arrange for the return of Champions League banners by the end of the day if they beat Bournemouth and Liverpool lose at home to Aston Villa.

Given Liverpool's form and United's away from home, that seems fanciful. Irrespective of the Liverpool result, a United win would fuel confidence of a top four finish with two home games remaining.


  1. ^ United give update on Rashford contract negotiations (