Date: 17th May 2016 at 9:49am
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Manchester United’s top four chances are over – barring a miracle 19-0 win – but they can still finish fifth and places are still up for grabs in Louis van Gaal’s starting XI for the FA Cup Final at Wembley this weekend; they welcome a Bournemouth side to Old Trafford who have guaranteed Premier League football for another season on their first attempt.

The Red Devils will be hoping to end their campaign on a high, after defeat last time out away at West Ham all but ended their Champions League chances.

This fixture had to be rearranged after chaos on Sunday, where an explosive device was found on the premises, which later led to the game being abandoned. It was later discovered that it was a training device left by a security firm.

United have failed to win their final game in the last three years – though this is the first time since the 2010/11 season that they end their campaign at Old Trafford.

Bournemouth bring their terrific debut season in the Premier League to an end, as Eddie Howe’s men proved all the critics wrong to secure safety with a handful of games remaining.

However, the Cherries have slightly stumbled over the finishing line, collecting one win in their previous seven fixtures.

The south coast side might also have a job on their hands keeping both Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie this summer – as West Ham United had a £25 million bid turned down for the pair earlier this week.

The reverse fixture back in December was one of the biggest surprises of the season as Bournemouth shocked United to pick up a 2-1 win at the Vitality Stadium – the Cherries will be looking to complete a famous league double tonight.

Team News:

The home side are still without Matteo Darmian, through an ankle injury – whilst Marouane Fellaini is unavailable through suspension. Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger are both still long-term absentees.

Bournemouth have no new injury problems, and Eddie Howe is expected to make changes at Old Trafford. The game comes too soon for Adam Smith, who is still out due to a groin injury suffered back in early April.

League Position: Manchester United – 6th (63 pts); Bournemouth – 16th (42 pts)
Previous Meeting: Bournemouth 2-1 Manchester United (December 12, 2015)
Form: Manchester United – LWWDWL; Bournemouth – LWLLLD
Key Men: Manchester United – Anthony Martial; Bournemouth – Matt Ritchie
Shoot Says: Manchester United 3-1 Bournemouth

 
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