Premier League Preview: Manchester United vs. Bournemouth

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  • Bournemouth won 2-1 on Dec. 12
  • Man Utd lead series 5W-2D-2L
  • Cherries 0-4 all-time at Old Trafford
  • Last match of PL season

There is a lone Premier League match remaining in the 2015-16 season, and there’s still positioning at play between Manchester United and Bournemouth (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET Tuesday on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

Rescheduled from the weekend after a bomb scare postponed the match from Sunday’s 10 a.m. ET scheduled kickoff time, we have one more PL match to enjoy before the long offseason.

While United will likely be focused on Saturday’s FA Cup Final against Crystal Palace, the Red Devils can nab fifth place with a win on Tuesday (Technically, United can finish fourth if they pull off a 19-0 win).

Bournemouth’s first PL campaign earned safety a while ago, and the Cherries can move into 14th with a win or 15th with a draw.

What they’re saying

Man Utd’s Juan Mata on the bomb scare“I feel sorry for all those people who had to go back home without watching the game, because that’s what they had come for. Obviously, safety is always the top priority. But what I’m really sorry about is that this kind of issues affect football, sports and society in general. Many of us think that sport has the capability to unite people, and we must keep believing that.”

Bournemouth’s Charlie Daniels on achieving PL safety“Between us we knew if we worked hard and stuck to our philosophies there was no limit to our achievement. I think the size of the clubs that have gone down is a measure of our achievement too. At the start of the season, I don’t think anyone gave us a hope to stay up. Now we head into the final game at Old Trafford and everyone is looking forward to it, the staff, players and fans.”

Prediction

It seems a bit foolhardy to predict this one, as there are so many variables at play. Let’s hope for some footloose play, and call it a 3-2 win for the hosts.