4-2-3-1: Ten Hag to risk further injuries with this tired side vs Bournemouth – predicted XI


When Manchester United travels to the south coast to play Bournemouth tomorrow, their injury woes appear to be getting worse.

Johan Evans and Raphael Varane will not be available until May, according to the club, adding their names to the list of injured defenders that also includes Lisandro Martinez, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, and Tyrell Malacia.

This means that the back line, which consists of Harry Maguire and youthful Willy Kambwala at center back and Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka at full back, should choose themselves and stay the same as it did against Liverpool.

In goal will be Andre Onana.

Scott McTominay, who was away from the Liverpool match, and potentially Sofyan Amrabat, who seemed absent from training in photos that were made public yesterday, are questionable about their fitness in the middle.

Though manager Erik ten Hag might choose to remain with Casemiro and Kobbie Mainoo, Mason Mount is an alternative.

Marcus Rashford, who was forced to leave the match against the Merseysiders, is another injury doubt. We anticipate that he won’t be available because he was also absent from the training photos.

Once again, Mount or the extraordinarily talented Amad Diallo might be his replacement. However, we anticipate that Ten Hag will once more look to his favorite Antony to fill the void left by the England player.

Alejandro Garnacho would go to the left, Antony to the right wing, and Bruno Fernandes to the number 10 spot as normal.

As Anthony Martial remains out, Rasmus Hojlund will most likely stay up front.

With the league essentially over and several players looking quite worn out, it would be good to see Ten Hag get things back on track before Sunday’s important FA Cup semi-final matchup with Coventry City. Players that are crucial, like Hojlund, Mainoo, Garnacho, and Dalot, might be wrapped in cotton wool.

They might be replaced by Harry Amass, Christian Eriksen, Mount and Amad, or Omari Forson, among others. This would present a great chance for those players to improve their match fitness or experience, or both.

However, we do not think it’s in Ten Hag’s make-up to do that, so this is our predicted XI to face the Cherries in tomorrow’s 5.30pm kick-off:

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