Man Utd vs Bournemouth rearrangment confirmed
BREAKING: Today's abandoned fixture between #mufc and Bournemouth will be played on Tuesday 17 May at 20:00 BST.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 15, 2016
Manchester United’s final Premier League fixture of the season against Bournemouth has been rescheduled after yesterday’s abandonment.
The match was called off after a security alert at Old Trafford that later proved to be a false alarm. United announced that the match will now be played this Tuesday, May 17, with the game kicking off at 8pm.
That means Louis van Gaal’s side now have an unexpected extra game just four days before their FA Cup final clash with Crystal Palace at Wembley.
Although Manchester City’s result at Swansea City yesterday means that Champions League qualification is not an option – unless United manage an 18-goal winning margin against the Cherries – the Red Devils still need at least a draw if they want to secure fifth place.
Ronald Koeman’s Southampton leapfrogged United yesterday. They are level on points with a superior goal difference.
Given that United’s sixth-place finish and a place in the Europa League third-qualifying round is assured, Van Gaal might opt to field a weakened team against Bournemouth and focus on the FA Cup final, which, like finishing fifth in the league, would offer a place in the Europa League group stages.