Ibrahimovic and Mata start, 4-2-3-1: Strongest Manchester United XI to face Bournemouth

Manchester United will look to return to winning ways when they host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday night. The Red Devils succumbed to a 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester City last weekend, and this saw the end of a record-tying 40 game unbeaten streak at Old Trafford.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


Spain international David de Gea has featured in all 16 games this campaign, and he is certain to start in goal versus the Cherries. Likewise, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young could keep this places in the right and left-back positions respectively, although they had minimal impact going forward versus City.

Victor Lindelof has gained the confidence of Mourinho with his performances of late, and we are backing the Swede to start alongside Chris Smalling at the heart of the defence, with Phil Jones having just returned from a thigh problem.

Onto the midfield, Mourinho may have to stick with the pairing of Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera with Paul Pogba due to serve the second game of his three-match suspension. Marouane Fellaini could remain sidelined with a knee injury.

With the festive schedule, the manager could be tempted to rotate his options, and we are backing Juan Mata to start ahead of Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the number 10 role with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford featuring in the left and right wing positions respectively.

Romelu Lukaku caught the headlines for the wrong reasons last weekend after his poor bit of defending contributed to Manchester City’s goals. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been a regular off the substitutes’ bench but this could be a match where the Swede could lead the line in place of the Belgian.

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