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Jose Mourinho's Manchester United have a tricky task in front of them on Wednesday night against Bournemouth at Old Trafford, when they attempt to bounce back from a humbling derby defeat.

United (11-2-3) will relish the opportunity to get back on their home pitch, but Mourinho will need to make sure his troops are properly motivated and can avoid a home let down against a bit of a lesser opponent.

Man United were pegged back late in the first half against their bitter rivals Manchester City on Sunday thanks to a goal from David Silva, but the home side came right back to equalise in first-half stoppage time through Marcus Rashford.

However, the Red Devils' defence failed to hold as a 54th-minute goal from Nicolas Otamendi led the Citizens to a 2-1 victory and opened an 11-point lead over their second-place eternal rivals. But with two games this week and the festive period fast approaching, midfielder Juan Mata emphasized the club has little time to dwell on a loss in the derby.

"We must carry on, knowing that there's still a long way to go. The calendar gives you no time for mourning and we have to focus on what's next," Mata said in his blog, published on the club's official website.

"This week, we have two more games: the day after tomorrow against Bournemouth, and Sunday against West Brom. The list of fixtures is very demanding this month so it's important to get to each game in the best condition possible."

The derby loss was United's first at home in all competitions since Sept. 10, 2016 - a span of 40 matches.

Bournemouth (4-4-8), meanwhile, are 2-2-0 in their last four Premier League away matches and 4-3-2 overall in their last nine overall in all competitions.

These clubs have only met in Premier League play four times, with United winning two of the four. The most recent meeting in March, ended in a 1-1 draw with Josh King and Marcos Rojo trading goals.

Striker Romelu Lukaku could be the key for United. The Belgium international has scored five goals in four Premier League appearances against Bournemouth.

Bournemouth settled for a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday at Selhurst Park. Eddie Howe's bunch aren't quite as plucky as they have been in recent seasons, but they do possess enough attacking prowess with Josh King, Jermain Defoe, Junior Stanislas and Benik Afobe, to cause United some problems.

Last time out, the Cherries had the better of the play against Palace and collected two goals from Defoe on their way to a point at a difficult ground in south London.

Howe felt his side deserved at least a point from the match.

"I think if they'd have scored late on it would've been hard for us, we played well," Howe said.

With a goal on Wednesday, Defoe can become only the ninth player to score against United with three different clubs. He 's done so with Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

Updated December 11, 2017

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