Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes Manchester United are favourites heading into the Premier League game between the two clubs on Saturday, despite their impressive start to the season.
Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions and are sixth in the Premier League, two places and three points in front of United.
Bournemouth have only failed to win four of their ten Premier League games this season, drawing with Everton and Southampton and losing to Chelsea and Burnley.
Bournemouth captain Simon Francis had claimed earlier that his team are favourites ahead of the game at the Vitality Stadium but Howe doesn’t agree with his captain.
“I wouldn’t agree with that. Every time you play Manchester United as Bournemouth, Manchester United are favourites for the game, I’ve got no problem for that,” Howe said.
“Players need to know to get anything out of the game, they are going to have to excel, perhaps even above what we have done this season, to get a positive result.
“That’s my message to the players. Whenever you play the elite teams, the big guns, you have to outperform your levels.
“You have to hit your very top to get a result. We have found that before, you can’t play below your best and expect to win. The challenge is to win and go harder.”