Hoping we don't do this one the hard way, performance against Soton in the final was exactly what you'd expect having played 4 in 11. But we've had a wee breakyipoo and should have a bit of zip about us. Early goal should kill it.
"Luke Shaw is selected for tomorrow so you won’t need to have the guys at The Lowry to take the pics to see if he’s selected, he’s in the list, so one step up from not being in the final," Mourinho said.
Bournemouth are on the slide and only tend to play one way whilst we should be high on confidence and fresh from our cup win so this match should suit us. Need to stop drawing against mid-bottom table clubs at OT.
Micky still out.
De Gea Valencia - Bailly - Smalling - Blind Herrera - Pogba Lingard - Mata - Martial Ibra
Not seen the game yet, but judging by the comments everywhere I might skip on the replay altogether. It is a little ridiculous the amount of shots we've had and how few of them were actually converted into points. Quoting Daily mail "seven home draws this season, they have had an astonishing 136 efforts on goal - 49 on target - yet have scored just five times." And maybe in another season that would have been enough to secure a top 4, but not this one. Like you said, ed, top 4 is still doable, but we need to be a lot better than that.
One positive from the game (without seeing it) is Zlatan's quote "he jumped into my elbow" Made my day
Having re-watched the Mings stamp; Mings actually is the one doing the retaliating, if you look at the challenge from Zlatan just prior to the stamp, Zlatan appears to catch him on his side with his studs when Zlatan jumps over Mings and lands (technically 'leaves studs on him' but it's fuck all) - Mings immediately raises his hand to appeal and immediately gets up LOOKS FORWARD into the space where Zlatan is lying, knows EXACTLY where he is.
Most of these pundit wankers are really the scum of the earth, but the ref, in this instance, I have no problem with.
The Football Association have released the following statement...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have both been charged with alleged violent conduct following the Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth game on Saturday [March 4 2017].
The players were involved in two separate incidents in or around the 44th minute which were not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.
Furthermore, the FA has submitted a claim that the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed by the Bournemouth defender is ‘clearly insufficient’.
Both players have until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday 7 March 2017 to reply to their charge.
Off-the-ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.
Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.