Where Are They Now? Joshua King, the guy who helped relegate Sunderland…

Joshua King signed for Manchester United when he was 16 in January 2008, coming from Norwegian side Vålerenga. The Norwegian forward trained with United on various occasions before signing for the club, but UEFA rules prevented anything from being sealed before his 16th birthday. King played in the U18 squad after he was signed, making his debut in a 5-1 defeat at home to Sunderland back in March 2008. King had trial offers from Chelsea, Sunderland, and Ipswich Town but Manchester United was the team he wanted and signed for. King made one more appearance for the U18’s that season, also participating in the Blue Stars Youth Cup in May 2008. In the summer, King was part of the U17 United side which lifted the Northern Ireland Milk Cup, a prestigious tournament United have played in for years, missing the last two though, but they will be back in the tournament this summer.

The following season, King made two appearances in the Premier Academy League, suffering an injury in October 2008, which kept him out of action until the following January, which was going to become something the player would need to get used to. King made his return from injury, playing twice before United took on Bolton Wanderers in the Academy league where King scored twice in a 5-0 victory, he was then named in the squad in the Manchester Senior Cup, an unused substitute, before playing with United’s reserves, now the U23’s, where he replaced Robbie Brady against Bolton. On the 14th February 2009, King made his first start for the U18’s against Manchester City, then missing the following two months through injury. At the start of April 2009, King made his return from injury, seemingly trying to ensure United pushed for a strong finish, ending up in second-place to City – some 19 points behind their cross-city rivals.

During the 2009/10 season, King played more reserve league football, making the step up from the U18 league. He was rewarded with a place on the bench in a third round League Cup match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, given the number 41 shirt and in the 81st minute of the match, Long made his first team debut, replacing Danny Welbeck. King had two chances to add to United’s lead, which finished with United earning a fourth round place in the competition, which was against Barnsley. King made the squad for that match but did not make it onto the pitch. The Norwegian forward played the remainder of the season in the U18’s, scoring six times in 14 appearances, which is a pretty good achievement. United won group C in the Premier Academy League that season, being drawn against Arsenal, but United lost 5-3 on penalties, King scoring his.

Loan spells away from Manchester United

King was loaned to Championship side Preston North End for the first three months of the 2010/11, with a chance his loan spell could be extended. Sir Alex Ferguson’s son, Darren Ferguson was the manager of the club at the time. King linked up with fellow Academy player Matty James and became the club’s 1,000th player. King made his debut in a defeat to Doncaster Rovers. King scored his first goal in the League Cup that season, scoring the last goal in the 5-0 victory over Stockport Country, also getting an assist which included a 60-yard run down the right-wing. King was starting to shine but an injury would soon rule him out for the rest of the loan period, only to be loaned back to Preston the following January after the transfer window had opened again. During his time at Preston, King made 10 appearances, scoring one goal.

King was loaned to Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach during the 2011/12 season, which was confirmed on the 22nd July 2011 but delayed due to the player suffering a groin injury during international duty. The loan transfer was then concluded in August with the player moving to Germany. King’s spell in the Bundesliga was terminated early due to a recurrence of that groin injury, heading back to United after making only two appearances, failing to score a single goal. King moved to Hull City in January 2012 for the remainder of the season making his debut in a 1-0 away victory over Reading. During the loan spell, King still played for United’s reserves, something perfectly fine when on loan, as long as the player does not play for the first team of his parent club. King returned to United on the 1st May, playing in the reserve league once again, which was where he started the following season.

King, playing in the reserve league once again did not make the cut for the first team and was allowed to join Blackburn Rovers on loan for the first half of the 2012/13 season, Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season as manager at the club. King made eight appearances whilst on loan, scoring two goals. His loan spell was made permanent the following January, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Lancashire club. King’s time at United was over, which was unfortunate as he was a decent player, but not good enough to make it through the liked of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie, which was a lot of talent to break through.

Career after Manchester United

Joshua King signed for Blackburn Rovers, a club where he had already played eight times, scoring twice – making a further 12 appearances that season, not scoring any more goals. Playing at Blackburn for a further two seasons, King made a total of 74 appearances, scoring eight goals in total. In May 2015, King turned down a new contract with Blackburn, switching to Premier League new boys AFC Bournemouth. King made his Premier League debut on the 8th August 2015, a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa. The Norwegian scored his first Premier League goal in a 2-2 draw against Swansea City on the 21st November 2015, something that will have inspired him to find many more goals in the future – something he has done for his club. King saw his side beat his former club, United on the 12th December that year, scoring the winning goal, which came from a corner in the 2-1 victory. King finished that season as the club’s top scorer with seven goals, not bad for a player who has fought his way to the top, now playing in the top flight.

At the start of the 2016/17 season, King and Bournemouth were still in the Premier League. King played 36 out of the 28 matches during the season, scoring 16 goals, which is a big increase from his first season at United. Bournemouth were safely into their third Premier League season. King has come a long way, probably not a player United regret losing, the player will not regret his time at the club either, it was a good starting point, one which helped him define his career in football. Probably the best goal King scored in the 2016/17 season was the one which confirmed Sunderland had been relegated, scored in the 88th minute of the match, with the Black Cats likely to live another day with a draw. After seeing the Sunderland supporters doing the Poznan on the final day of the season when Manchester City won the Premier League on goal difference with Sergio Aguero scoring a late goal, the confirmation of relegation could not have made me happier. King celebrated his then 15th goal of the season, scoring on the final day against Burnley, the winner after Sam Vokes equalised in the 83rd minute of the match, King striking two minutes later.

Ratings: AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

Manchester United got their Premier League season underway with a solid 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth. Goals for Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, on his Premier League debut, helped United climb to the top of the table. Eric Bailly claimed the EPL Man of the Match award after another impressive performance from the Ivorian. Bournemouth faded as the second half went on, United’s superior possession tired them out and punished them for it but Adam Smith did get a consolation goal for the Cherries with a tidy finish beyond De Gea. Here are the ratings for today’s game.

Man of the Match: Eric Bailly

Goals: Juan Mata 40′, Wayne Rooney 59′, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 64′

Assists: Anthony Martial 59′, 64′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Fellaini, Herrera; Mata (Mkhitaryan 75′), Rooney (Memphis 89′), Martial (Schneiderlin 85′); Ibrahimovic

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo; Carrick; Rashford

Bookings: Ander Herrera 86′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Didn't have much to do all game with Bournemouth struggling to create chances, nothing he could do with the goal but made a good save towards the end. Comfortable.


25 Antonio Valencia

Another great game for Valencia, got forward well, played a big role in the Rooney goal and put a few defensive fears away with a solid performance at the back, not being beaten on the outside all game.


3 Eric Bailly

Premier League Man of the Match and well deserved, distributed the ball fantastically from the back and made his presence known with big challenges and strong clearances. Really impressing on his EPL debut and looks a real diamond signing.


17 Daley Blind

A typical Blind performance, read the game well and seems to partner Bailly quite comfortably. Distributes from the back terrifically providing a calm and collected technician at the back.


23 Luke Shaw

Sloppy first half but grew into the game, didn't link up with Martial especially well but put in real effort. His fitness is getting better and better by the day too, more to come!


27 Marouane Fellaini

Not everyone's favourite player but actually put in a decent shift today. Put himself about physically in the first half and in the second played deeper and looked composed. A few key interceptions and sensible passing meant there wasn't anything to criticise, besides the hair of course.


21 Ander Herrera

Another tidy game for Herrera, looks good in the box to box role. Does the simple things well and provides a little flair in his vision from time to time. Nothing amazing today but a solid performance from the birthday boy.


8 Juan Mata

Got his goal with good perseverance but again shows his best position is at number 10 rather than out wide. Didn't have the pace to beat Daniels but a solid performance from a man under pressure.


Ratings: AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

Doesn't often get the praise he deserves, another strong shift put into this game and took his headed goal with great composure. Seemed to link up well with Zlatan when he went through on goal 1-on-1 but couldn't beat Boruc. Good performance overall.


9 Anthony Martial

Not the best of days for the young Frenchman, struggled to beat his man on a number of occasions but proved key with 2 assists for the opening two goals. Not sure he looks 100% match-fit but is getting there.


10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Another goal on another debut for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His 25-yard effort beat Boruc to the bottom corner to make it 3-1. Played well dropping back and could see signs of him linking well with Rooney but it'll take some time. Hopefully, when Mkhitaryan and Pogba come in there will be more creativity to assist him.



22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Came on for Juan Mata after 75 minutes. The game was won when he came on and as United were shutting up shop, he didn't have much to add to the game. Need to get him on earlier or from the beginning to see his real impact.


Ratings: AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

Came on for Anthony Martial. Only featured for 10 minutes to help close the game out at 3-1. Not the amount of time he would like.


Ratings: AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

Came on for Wayne Rooney in the 89th minute but made two decent runs in the five minutes he managed.


Starting XI: AFC Bournemouth v Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

Manchester United face AFC Bournemouth in their opening match of the new Premier League season this afternoon. Last season, this fixture saw United defeated 2-1 by a resurgent Bournemouth with Jose Mourinho looking to change that and have his new side start the new season with a bang. Manchester City beat Sunderland 2-1 yesterday, albeit from a penalty and a late own goal scored by former United Academy player Paddy McNair. United will be looking to match City to form a title charge this season. Premier League champions Leicester City were beaten by Hull City in the early kick-off on Saturday, so United will also be looking to take advantage of that. Mourinho has a full squad aside of Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba, who are both suspended for today’s match. Here are the starting XI’s and list of substitutes for both teams.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw;

Fellaini, Herrera;

Mata, Rooney, Martial;



Romero; Rojo; Memphis, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Mkhitaryan; Rashford

AFC Bournemouth:


Smith, Francis, S. Cook, Daniels;

Surman, L. Cook Arter;

Ibe, Wilson, King;


Federici; Ake, B. Smith; Gosling, Gradel; Afobe, Grabban

Scouting The Opposition: AFC Bournemouth v Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

A new season, same opponents.  Manchester United kick off the new Premier League season this weekend, against the team they finished against in May. After a shambolic end to an underwhelming campaign, United will look to use this early rematch to prove their title-winning credentials. Both clubs have had a busy summer. Eddie Howe and Jose Mourinho will hope that big changes to both squads will be enough to make this year an improvement on the last. Attack proved to be the best form of defence for Bournemouth last season as they exceeded expectation by securing a 16th place finish. Despite conceding more goals than any other team besides Aston Villa. Yet Eddie Howe and his men are used to having the odds stacked against them. They proved they are comfortable as underdogs during a pivotal 2015 Christmas period that saw them beat both Manchester United and Chelsea in quick succession.

Manager: Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe enjoyed praise from his peers last season for bringing Bournemouth out of the Championship by playing expansive, attacking football. Yet those who praised his work also doubted the Cherries’ ability to stick to their philosophy and maintain Premier League status. Vindication for Howe arrived when his team finished five points above the relegation zone without discarding their commitment to a particular style of play. At 38, Howe was part of a trend for young, talented British managers that included Gary Monk and Alex Neil. While his contemporaries faltered, Howe emerged from the campaign with his reputation enhanced.

Leading to his consideration for the role of England manager, before Sam Allardyce took the job. Howe did a fantastic job to keep Bournemouth in the Premier league despite huge injury problems. His attacking philosophy meant they let in plenty at the back but were able to score enough goals to see themselves safe before their final match. This term, Howe will hope the contributions of new signings Lewis Cook, Jordan Ibe and Lys Mousset will elevate the Cherries to at least a mid-table finish. An ambitious manager with a progressive attitude, it is unlikely Howe will want to stop there.

Form Guide

Reading 1-1 AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Cardiff City

AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Valencia

Starting XI

Key Player: Callum Wilson

An impressive Championship season in 2014/15 saw Callum Wilson rack up 20 goals and 13 assists. As a result, expectations were high for the young Englishman making the step up to the Premier League. Unfortunately, a cruel knee injury kept him out of the side for much of the season. With the benefit of a full pre-season, this time, around, the young striker will be hoping to make his presence felt at the highest level. His prolific finishing could prove invaluable to a side hoping to build on survival from last year.  Yet his record for assists hints at an unselfish nature and desire to bring others into the game that could benefit new signings such as Jordan Ibe. He is helped, in no small part, by stalwart Charlie Daniels. As a mainstay at left-back for the Cherries, he could eclipse his five assists from last year by the end of this season, should Wilson live up to his potential.

Score Prediction

Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United

With an extra 90 minutes under the belt of many of United’s big hitters, this should prove a tough opening test for the Cherries. Emboldened by his first goal for the club in last Sunday’s Community Shield, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be hoping to build on that in his first Premier League appearance. While he spent long periods of last week’s match drifting in and out of the action, his already high confidence levels will have been boosted by that winning goal. Luke Shaw showed flashes of his old form at Wembley. His pace and tenacity from left-back gave much-needed width to the attack.

Although not exactly the marauding attacking performance many fans had hoped for after Louis van Gaal’s departure, it looked more promising for the season ahead. Saturday’s Premier League opener could also see the debut of world record signing Paul Pogba. With no pre-season behind him, his appearance would likely be a cameo at best. The Cherries’ preference for attacking over defence should give United plenty of opportunities. Though this may also cause a new look back four, with Chris Smalling still absent, some uncomfortable moments. Bournemouth has a habit of upsetting the odds against superior opponents. Yet, with the firepower and renewed optimism around Mourinho’s squad, an early season away win looks promising.

Tactical Preview: AFC Bournemouth v Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

The new season has finally arrived and United face a tough trip away to Dean Court against Bournemouth. The last time United travelled down to the South coast they were on the receiving end of a 2-1 defeat courtesy of a wicked gust of wind. Mourinho and his men will be looking to correct that display and stamp their own footprint on this Premier League season.

Manchester United come into the game off the back of a solid 2-1 win against Leicester City in the FA Community Shield, with Lingard and Ibrahimovic getting the goals to give Mourinho his first silverware of his United tenure. The system Mourinho went with against Leicester was billed at the ever so popular 4-2-3-1 with two holding midfielders behind an attacking trio of Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney, and Jesse Lingard, in reality, however, it’s a standard 4-3-3 with Michael Carrick sitting deep allowing Ander Herrera and Rooney to get forward more, especially when the opponent sits deep like Leicester did on Sunday. This seemed to suit Ander Herrera, after coming on for Carrick, much more than last season where he featured as either the number 10 or as the holding midfielder alongside Carrick, his ability to keep the ball moving and find space was clear to see against Leicester and it provided the attacking composure this side has been crying out for. Herrera will keep his place in the United line-up against Bournemouth but may struggle to retain it once world record signing Paul Pogba is available to play, who is currently suspended.

4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 it doesn’t seem to affect how the two wing-backs are expected to play. Both Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia had fantastic games against Leicester with their runs down either flank providing great back-up to the attackers as well as both keeping Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton quiet for most of the game. Valencia, who is traditionally a winger, has been given the responsibility at right-back over last year’s signing Matteo Darmian because of his attacking qualities. Valencia has suffered his fair share of criticism in the last year or so over his defensive capabilities, he is rarely out-paced but struggles one-on-one which places more pressure on the centre-halves to cover the space in behind. With this weekend in mind, Valencia will be up against either Jordan Ibe recently joined Bournemouth from Liverpool. or former United player Josh King who both offer pace and trickery which will give a real test to his defensive abilities. Jesse Lingard has been a major help defensively for Valencia as he has the engine to get up and down the field all game providing cover and tracking back every time with the opposing left-back, this is likely a key reason in why Lingard has been given the nod over new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who provides a greater attacking threat but will struggle to come back and help Valencia every time. IF Mkhitaryan comes in for Lingard then it would be likely Darmian would also replace Valencia at right-back because the Italian international is a genuine right-back who is happy to stay put defensively.

Bournemouth is coming into the new season with confidence after a good first year in the top flight, finishing 16th but mainly avoiding relegation. Eddie Howe played a 4-5-1 formation for the vast majority of last season with either Josh King, Benik Afobe or Callum Wilson as the lone striker, relying on the counter attack to catch teams like Manchester United out rather than playing the possession game United will adopt on Sunday. The main way Bournemouth will threaten Manchester United on Sunday will be with set-pieces. United looked vulnerable last season and during the pre-season games against corners or free-kicks. Bournemouth scored 15 of their 45 league goals from set plays and it will be a weapon this weekend with Charlie Daniels, Simon Francis and Sylvan Distin providing a threat in the air.

Bournemouth goals from set-pieces Premier League 2015/16

Bournemouth goals from set-pieces Premier League 2015/16 [Squawka]

Key Battles

Valencia v Left-Winger

After stressing this battle above I won’t put too much more onto it but whoever plays on that left-hand side for Bournemouth will be relishing the chance to run at Valencia, they won’t give him the opportunity to settle defensively which could be key in how they look to break this United team down. Valencia needs to step up this weekend or he won’t last long with Darmian and Fosu-Mensah both looking for that first team place.

Wilson/Afobe v Bailly and Blind

With Chris Smalling out suspended for the game, it’ll be the defensive pairing of Eric Bailly and Daley Blind who have the task of controlling things from the back and managing either Benik Afobe or Callum Wilson for Bournemouth. Both of the strikers are physical players who use their presence to beat defenders. They’ll struggle to beat Bailly for pace or strength but this is where the partnership will be tested as Blind will need to read the game well and Bailly will need to be the aggressor. If either striker can expose Blind early on, it could spell danger for United.

Rooney v Pugh/Surman

Bournemouth tended to play both Andrew Surman and Marc Pugh as their two holding players and if this trend continues on Sunday, Wayne Rooney will have a difficult job in beating them both and having the time on the ball to make key passes through to the attacking line. Rooney loves to play the “Hollywood passes” sweeping the ball from one side to the other but this season, his link up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic is vitally important to United so Rooney needs to drop these passes and focus on supporting the striker with sensible passes and good runs in behind, something Surman and Pugh will be attempting to stop. With Wayne not being in terrific form going into this game, if Bournemouth silence the captain, United’s attack will be blunted.

Preview: AFC Bournemouth v Manchester United – Premier League 2016/17

Vitality Stadium, Dean Court, Bournemouth

Premier League 2016/17

Sunday 14th August 2016 – KO 13:30 [Live on Sky Sports]

Referee: Andre Marriner

Assistant Referees: Simon Beck and Scott Ledger

Fourth Official: Roger East

Manchester United start their Premier League season away to AFC Bournemouth, a fixture they lost 2-1 last season. Jose Mourinho, United;s new manager will be looking to get his season started with a victory in his bid to win the league with his new side, the first time they will have done so since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson more than three years ago. United have stuttered under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, with Mourinho now in to steady the ship and bring back the glory days. The signings of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba suggest that is going to be the plan under the Portuguese with United making a statement to their rivals. The squad is much stronger, players have left or will before the end of the summer transfer window, with United maybe making more signings to fortify the squad.

United suffered a mixed pre-season, beating Wigan Athletic, losing to Borussia Dortmund 4-1 in China, seeing the Manchester derby cancelled in China due to a mixture of the weather and a poor playing surface, meaning one less match would be played this summer. United then went to Sweden beating Galatasaray 5-2 with Ibrahimovic making his debut – scoring inside the first four minutes of the match. United then drew 0-0 with Everton at Old Trafford for Wayne Rooney’s testimonial before travelling to Wembley where they beat Leicester City 2-1 to win the FA Community Shield. United are not back to their best but are well on their way to getting there.

Paul Pogba re-signed for the club he left four years ago this week in an £89 million world record deal. Pogba is suspended for United’s visit to Bournemouth though after accumulating two yellow cards in the Coppa Italia last season, equaling a suspension in England. He was probably not going to be ready to play anyway after only returning to training earlier in the week with Mourinho suggesting that bu Tuesday next week he will be ready to play – making his debut at Old Trafford against Southampton one of the local rivals of Bournemouth. Chris Smalling is also suspended after being sent off in the Emirates FA Cup final back in May, where United beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in extra time to lift the historic domestic trophy – Louis van Gaal’s first and last for the Old Trafford club and United’s first FA Cup in twelve years.

Bournemouth had a good season in the Premier League last season, finishing sixteenth with 42 points, five clear of Newcastle United who were relegated with Norwich City and Aston Villa. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side beat United in this fixture in December last year, winning 2-1 in a period where United failed to win six consecutive matches in the Premier League, a period where Louis van Gaal was tipped to be sacked with Mourinho also being sacked by Chelsea and then linked to the Old Trafford hot seat. United’s form picked up, losing only five more league matches in total, but finishing fifth, on goal difference to Manchester City. I am sure United will be back, especially with the signings made and after the fact that Mourinho has instilled the confidence into his side, which will in time bring back the winning mentality, resulting in the fear factor returning and hopefully United having a period of dominance once again. Come on UNITED!

Manchester United Form:- WDWLW

Leicester City 2-1 W, Everton 0-0 D, Galatasaray 5-2 W, Borussia Dortmund 4-1 L, Wigan Athletic 2-0 W

AFC Bournemouth Form:- WDWDDW

Angers SCO 1-0 W, Valencia 1-1 D, Cardiff City 1-0 W, Reading 1-1 D, Portsmouth 3-3 D, Minnesota United 4-0 W

Manchester United Squad;

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone

Defenders: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Matteo Darmian, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Suspensions/Injuries: Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba (both one match suspension), Jesse Lingard (ankle/foot), Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (groin)

AFC Bournemouth Squad:

Manager: Eddie Howe

Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc, Ryan Allsop, Adam Federici

Defenders: Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Nathan Aké, Charlie Daniels, Brad Smith, Adam Smith, Tyrone Mings, Rhoys Wiggins, Corey Jordan, Baily Cargill

Midfielders: Dan Gosling, Andrew Surman, Marc Pugh, Harry Arter, Shaun MacDonald, Joshua King, Lewis Cook, Junior Stanislas, Emerson Hyndman, Ryan Fraser, Eunan O’Kane, Jordon Ibe

Forwards: Benik Afobe, Max Gradel, Callum Wilson, Lewis Grabban, Lys Mousset, Tokelo Rantie

Suspensions/Injuries: Baily Cargill (groin), Emerson Hyndman (ankle/foot), Junior Stanislas (inguinal hernia), Tyrone Mings (knee)

Predicted Starting XI:

Predicted Score:

AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United

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