Adrian Clarke is looking at key tactical talking points ahead of Matchweek 11.
For the first time in almost two years AFC Bournemouth have failed to score in three consecutive Premier League matches.
Creating better opportunities for leading marksman Callum Wilson must be a priority.
He has five goals this season but all were scored by late September. The England international has had only one shot on target from three attempts in his last 254 minutes.
AFC Bournemouth were 2018/19 top scorers outside of the teams who finished in the top six last season.
Strong from set-pieces, clinical on the counter-attack, and lethal from crosses sent into the box, the Cherries had a variety of ways of scoring their 56 goals.
So far in 2019/20 they have retained their potency from corners and free-kicks, scoring six of their 13 goals from set-plays, and still look dangerous on the break.
But out wide it is a different story.
Ryan Fraser was one of the stars of the previous campaign, delivering an impressive 58 key passes.
The winger sent 34 successful crosses into the box from open play, the fourth-highest individual total, but he has been below par this term.
Missing the Scot’s influence, as well as that of the injured David Brooks, AFC Bournemouth’s service from the flanks has fallen.
The team who produced the fourth-most accurate crosses in the competition last season need to address this decline.
Callum Wilson is terrific at converting balls flashed across the face of goal but has had precious few opportunities.
If Man Utd dominate possession at Vitality Stadium it will suit the Cherries, who have proven to be dangerous as a counter-attacking side.
Their style has evolved every season since their first in the Premier League, in 2015/16, but the most recent pattern has been to spend less time on the ball.
From 2017/18 to now, their average possession has dipped from 48 per cent to 46 per cent to 44 per cent.
Interestingly, their best performances during the last couple of months have been in matches where they have sat back and caught their opponents on the break.
Their three Premier League victories this season have all come in contests where they had their least amount of possession.
|BOU 1-3 MCI||26.2%|
|SOU 1-3 BOU||36.2%|
|AVL 1-2 BOU||37.4%|
|BOU 3-1 EVE||40.5%|
AFC Bournemouth will be a considerable threat on the counter and from set-pieces, but to claim only a second Premier League win over the Red Devils, Howe’s men will probably need to show a wider range of creativity.
Until they rediscover their form down the flanks it feels like consistent goalscoring will be harder to come by than it was last season.