Manchester United play Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Sunday, 15 May on the final day of the season with one eye on Manchester City's game against Swansea, which could determine their top four hopes. The Red Devils are two points adrift of City and only a win for Louis van Gaal's men, followed by a loss for City could lead them to the fourth spot.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. Live coverage of the game will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.
Van Gaal will be desperate for his team to secure fourth as it could save him his job, especially with Jose Mourinho on the flanks to take over when he returns to management in July. The Red Devils have another important game coming up on Saturday, 21 May at Wembley when they take on Crystal Palace in the final of the FA Cup, a trophy they last won in 2004.
They have had an impressive record at Old Trafford in recent weeks, taking 19 points from a possible 21 in their last seven games and have conceded only eight goals at home all season. However, their main problem this season has been scoring goals and have managed only 46, lower than any other team in the top half of the table.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth, having started the season well, are currently in the 16th spot, but can finish the season on a high at 12th if other results go their way. They are in dismal form at the moment, having won only once in their last six games in all competitions.
What Managers Say
Louis Van Gaal: "We are still in the race [top four]. You cannot say we are not. We can win the FA Cup. How many are still in the race? How many? It's not so much, so of course when we don't qualify ourselves we don't reach our aim. That is true because our aim was to qualify, but we are in the final of the FA Cup and we are in the race (for the top four) in the last match. Mathematically we can qualify ourselves still. How many teams can say that? Not many. Of course, you can say Manchester United need to be champions. Yes, I know the expectations are like that but I don't think that is realistic. And I have said I shall be here, that is my opinion, so the board has to decide if it is like that. That is a different way of looking to the situation."
Eddie Howe: "I am a massive Rooney fan, I have been for a number of years. I don't think it matters what position he plays, I just think he is a really good footballer. You don't score the amount of goals he scores without being a top player. I have done similar with a few of my players (moved them into the midfield), so out-and-out number nines who you would have considered out-and-out goalscorers like Brett Pitman we ended up playing deeper. I think when you look at the attributes of Wayne Rooney, you look at his technical ability, his knowledge, his understanding and also players like that do not lose the habit of scoring goals no matter what position they play, they find areas to score goals on the pitch. I think it is a clever move and one that will prolong his career."
Betting Odds (betfair)
- Manchester United Win: 2/5
- Draw: 18/5
- Bournemouth Win: 7
Possible XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Carrick, Rooney; Mata, Lingard, Martial; Rashford
Possible XI: Boric; Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels; Gradel, Arter, Surman, Ritchie; King, Afobe