Ahead of hosting Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday, Bournemouth’s Andrew Surman says his side must prevent the supply to opposing forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
When asked how, the midfielder said: “It’s difficult because he’s got everything. He can head it, hold the ball up, score goals with his feet and bring other players into the game. It’s very tricky.
“I think we did a pretty good job with him at the start of the season – although he scored in the end – but we played pretty well in that game and managed to stop him getting too many chances.
“I think you need to make sure you don’t give him any space in the box or even around the box. It’s not just about the central defenders stopping him from scoring. You need to stop supply.
“We will defend from the front, press high up the pitch and try to stop the supply into him but it is tough, because you are trying to stop all of their players.
With their opponents having not lost in the league since October in mind, he added: “If we play as well as we know we can and get a bit of luck, hopefully, this will be the game which turns our season. We will give it a good shot.
“Over the past few years, the club has been setting records and beating teams for the first time. It would be a great one to have to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford.
“We certainly believe we can. But they are a good team and it’s going to be a tough game.
“They are on a great run and won the cup last weekend so will be full of confidence. When you go to places like Old Trafford, you can’t carry anyone. You have to have everyone at it, otherwise you get found out.”