Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains team selection for Bournemouth clash

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on his team selection for today’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth. The Red Devils face the Cherries at Old Trafford aiming to make it a 16th match without defeat. And the Norwegian has admitted that he’s got ‘many reasons’ to play them.

“I have many reasons to make them play them,” he told MUTV before the game.

“But it’s also hard to leave out players who have played so well.

“They [Manchester United players] know they are an important part of the team that climbs the rankings and performs better

“Of course it’s a squad game but this 11 played really well last time against Brighton and there’s no problems. Everyone 100 per cent now.”

United last tasted defeat against Liverpool back in January, losing 2-0 at Anfield on a chastening afternoon.

But, in the time since, United have rediscovered their mojo.


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Victory over Bournemouth this afternoon will see them leapfrog both Chelsea and Leicester and into third in the Premier League table.

And Solskjaer feels the race to finish in the Premier League top four will go down to the wire, saying before the match against the Cherries: “I think the last round of fixtures is going to be vital.

“You have got Chelsea vs Wolves and us against Leicester – so it might be a three-point advantage for us or Leicester and it is still an important game.

“And I can’t see the difference between us and Leicester being a lot more than three points either way and it is the same with Chelsea and Wolves.

“It’s looking exciting, It’s a short space of time and so many games in that time but I think it will go down to the last game.”


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Solskjaer also agreed with Gary Neville’s assessment that United still needed to make more signings in order to challenge for the Premier League title.

They’re still 34 points behind leaders Liverpool – despite not losing any of their last 15 matches across all competitions.

And the Norwegian said: “Gary is right about a lot of things and, of course, we cannot think we are there because of the table – we are nowhere near where we should be.

“Consistency has to be improved. We still have to improve on many aspects of the game and I don’t know how many points we are behind the top two.

“So Gary is right there is not going to be any complacency and thinking ‘this is it, we’ve cracked it’.

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“We have got so much work to do but it is enjoyable and an enjoyable journey. You can see the improvement.

“So, yeah we need to make one or two very good decisions – or more good decisions – but it is going to be a very important summer definitely.”

United slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth when the sides met back in November.

Josh King was the hero for the Cherries that afternoon and nearly moved to the Red Devils in January – only for Solskjaer to land Odion Ighalo instead. 

But this afternoon things could be different.

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