Five point preview: Manchester United
AFC Bournemouth host Manchester United at Vitality Stadium in the penultimate home game of the season this evening.
With Jose Mourinho's side running out narrow 1-0 winners at Old Trafford earlier this term, it could be a close game between the sides again.
Ahead of the game, we previewed five points to look out for at Vitality Stadium this evening.
Manchester United will still be hurting from their 1-0 loss to West Brom at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, which coincidently conceded the title to neighbours Manchester City.
However, Mourinho’s side still remain in a strong position on 71 points, one clear of third placed Liverpool with tonight’s game in hand. Champions League qualification also looks a cert for next season, with United 11 clear of Chelsea in fifth.
Despite conceding the domestic title on the weekend, United still have the FA Cup to play for and will meet Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s semi-final.
A tough draw, but the Red Devils have had to fight off Premier League opposition to get to the final four, with Huddersfield and Brighton having previously tried to stop Mourinho’s side.
United Team news…
Mourinho gave little away in his pre-match press conference, but did hint that there may be changes from the defeat to West Brom on Sunday.
Speaking to manutd.com, Mourinho said: “The word is not rotation, it is an opportunity for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team against Spurs and some of the guys that played [against West Brom] don't have a place in that team.”
Cherries fans may be interested to note that the last time Eddie Howe’s side beat United in the league, they also won at Stamford Bridge in the same season.
Additionally, the previous three points against the Red Devils also came under the lights at Vitality Stadium back in 2015. Could that be an omen for this evening?
Cherries injury concerns…
Eddie Howe revealed yesterday that the Cherries have no fresh injury worries ahead of tonight’s game. Adam Smith will therefore remain sidelined, whilst Junior Stanislas will miss out too after sustaining an injury at Watford.
Therefore, it’s as you were heading into the fixture.
Injury update: No fresh concerns
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe revealed that there are no new concerns after the Liverpool game this weekend.
Heading into the Manchester United clash, Adam Smith is still absent while Junior Stanislas is out with a long-term knee injury.
Tyrone Mings has trained with the first team but the manager didn't mention whether he'll be back involved again against the Red Devils.
"We are pretty much as we were really," he said.
"We played Liverpool at the weekend but there are no fresh injuries. We've got a couple of knocks but that's nothing out of the ordinary so we are as we were."
Matchday schedule: Manchester United
We’re playing under the lights against Manchester United on Wednesday evening in another big Premier League game.
As ever, we urge supporters to arrive early as 100% security checks will be taking place. With the altered kick-off time of 7.45pm there are some amendments to our usual opening hours, so what’s going on around the ground ahead of the big game?
9am SUPERSTORE OPEN
Our Superstore will be open from 9am as usual, all the way until kick-off.
The store is also open for 20 minutes after the final whistle. Take advantage of the adult replica shirts on sale at £15, kids replica shirts at £10 and further reductions on Umbro training wear, including adults training t-shirts/polos at £10 and kids training t-shirts/polos at £8.
9am TICKET OFFICE OPEN
The ticket office is open from 9am and will be selling tickets for Burnley away game – all available tickets for all of our other games have been issued.
The ticket office will be open 20 minutes after the game so supporters can purchase their Burnley tickets.
If you’re collecting Manchester United tickets on the evening, please allow extra time due to security searches around the ground.
5pm SOUTH STAND CAR PARK OPEN
Just behind the stadium, the South Stand car park is open for just £1 to all supporters.
It does tend to fill up approximately 75 minutes before kick-off and there may be delays in excess of half an hour leaving post match. Please be aware, you can turn left out of this car park and right at the roundabout , which will bring you out via Gloucester Road in Boscombe.
Alternatively, the Sovereign Centre on Christchurch Road, which is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the ground, is available for matchday parking for both Saturday and week night games. Parking fees cost just £2 for 4 hours and £4 for 24 hours.
Unfortunately, Harewood College parking is not available for evening games.
Several residential roads adjacent to the ground have parking restrictions which the club asks supporters to adhere to. Where these do not exist, please be mindful of existing drive entrances and avoid parking illegally or unsafely.
Residents have direct access to parking enforcement officers on a matchday and so to avoid any issues please respect their access.
5pm RETAIL POD OPEN
Our retail pod behind the Colmar Construction Ted MacDougall South Stand is open from 5pm and you can get your home and away shirts and plenty more with our big Umbro sale!
It's also open 20 minutes after the game.
5pm 1910 BAR OPEN
Want a drink before the game? The 1910 bar is open for home supporters and is located next to the press entrance in the Vitality Main Stand. Supporters are required to show home ticket on entry.
Hot food is available in the bistro section this bar does get busy, but below is an alternative…
5pm THE GREAT ESCAPE OPEN
Our outside bar is open for business from 5pm, with last orders at 7.15pm and closing at 7.30pm. Situated between the Thistlebarrow Road entrance and the Superstore, it’s a great place to meet friends before entering the ground for a drink and a hot snack.
5PM NORTH STAND FOOD KIOSK
The external kiosk on the North Stand is open for hot food – home made pies are a favourite, our great burgers have our own secret recipe sauce on them or try our gourmet hog dogs.
5.30pm DC LOUNGE OPEN
The DC Lounge is open to both home and away disabled supporters pre-match.
It is based on the ground floor and first floor in the East Stand for the use of disabled supporters only.
This offers Sky/BT Sport TV and a refreshment service, and a great opportunity for supporters to socialise before the match. There is also a lift available for supporters using the platform. There are also two accessible toilets and a matchday quiz as well.
6.30pm TURNSTILES OPEN
Supporters can take their seats from 6.30pm and make the most of our pre-match combo, which will be a pie and a pint for just £5 / pie and soft drink in the South Stand. The Junior Cherries meal deal remains fantastic value at just £2.50 – just show your JC card at the food counter when ordering, and then enjoy!
A reminder for those joining us entering Turnstile A of the Vitality Main Stand, download the SwipeStation app to not only help us with a trial, but to also get your refreshments much quicker than usual. For more info on how we’re making it easier for you to buy food and drink click here.
If you join us early, there’s a prize draw with a signed Asmir Begovic shirt on offer and you’ll automatically be entered once your ticket has been scanned.
6.30pm PRE-MATCH ENTERTAINMENT BEGINS
We’ve revamped our big screen so there’s plenty of new entertainment on offer this season.
Make sure you are in your seats to see our latest Fans’ Champion place the matchball on the Premier League plinth just before kick-off.
We get underway for a big game against Manchester United under the lights!
Supporters are reminded that AFC Bournemouth does not tolerate any abusive or discriminatory language or behaviour and fans are encouraged to contact a steward should they witness this. Alternatively, supporters can confidentially text the support number on 07968 980580 with details.
With thanks to our matchday sponsors…
Main match sponsor: GP Commercial Investments Limited, Ball sponsor: Hallways
Shirt sponsor: N+S Electrical
Programme sponsor: Thermal Home Insulation
Associate ball sponsor: Bournemouth White Lining
Associate shirt: B&H Services Air Conditioning
Associate programme: Strouden Park Beauty Clinic
Ref watch: Scott in the middle
Graham Scott will be the man in the middle as Manchester United are the visitors at Vitality Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The official has taken charge of 17 top flight games this season and has handed out 38 yellow cards and just one red card, with four penalties also being awarded.
This week will be the fourth time that Scott has refereed the Cherries this season, with the most recent being the 2-1 win against West Brom at Vitality Stadium.
Coincidently, he also took charge of the reverse fixture at Old Trafford on a snowy night in December, when Jose Mourinho’s side ran out 1-0 winners.
On Wednesday, Scott will be assisted by Constantine Hatzidakis and Harry Lennard, with Andre Marriner the fourth official.