Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has revealed that his side are looking forward to the challenge of facing Manchester United in Saturday’s early kick off.
Howe’s side also sit two places and three points above their opponents on Saturday and the highly-rated young coach has admitted that getting off to a positive start has been really important as at the same point last season the South Coast club looked likely to be involved in a relegation battle.
“We haven’t sat down and outlined set targets. We want to continue to improve. We didn’t start well last season and that was something we were keen to address,’’ Howe said at his pre-match press conference.
“It’s early in the season, and Manchester United have shown that they’ve improved in recent games. They come here in good form, but it’s a game we’re looking forward to.”
Howe did, however, confirm that in form striker and former Manchester United youth player Josh King will miss out through injury.
“Josh King will definitely miss out, which is a blow. We’ll also have to make a late call on Simon Francis, but we’re quietly confident he may make the game,” he added.