Howe are you feeling? Cherries boss calls in sick for Manchester United v Bournemouth

By Dom Farrell 4 March 2017
Howe are you feeling? Cherries boss calls in sick for Manchester United v Bournemouth

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will miss his side's Premier League match against Manchester United through illness.

Howe has not travelled with the Cherries squad to Old Trafford, meaning assistant Jason Tindall will face up to Jose Mourinho on the touchline.

Bournemouth are without a victory in all competitions since the turn of the year and are winless in seven Premier League outings, losing the last four to leave them only four points clear of the relegation zone.

By contrast, United return to Premier League action on the back of last weekend's EFL Cup final triumph over Southampton aiming to extend their unbeaten run in the top flight to 17 matches.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the match, Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter said: "We've worked on our game plan since the start of the week. We'd like the manager to be here but everyone knows their jobs."

Howe told BBC Radio Solent on Friday his players have been left in no doubt over the enormity of the task awaiting them in Manchester.

"We need all our players to excel to have any chance in this game," he said.

"That has been the frustrating thing in recent weeks, where we have not quite got the performances individually and collectively that we want.

"Time is running out for us. We need to make sure we hit those levels very quickly."

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