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Ratings: Edinson Cavani and David De Gea saved United’s blushes against Newcastle with the points shared; Ralf Rangnick has a big job on his hands

Manchester United drew 1-1 with Newcastle United at St Jame’s Park on Monday evening. It was the first match in 16 days for United after the clashes against Brentford and Brighton and Hove Albion were both postponed. Allan Saint-Maximin opened the scoring with a fine finish in the seventh minute of the match, which was a shambles defensively for United. A double substitution at half time saw United find their feet with Edinson Cavani scoring his second goal of the season to put United level. Burnley travel to the Theatre of Dreams on Thursday evening and United will need to be in much better form then.

United had a beak of 16 days between matches and that should have been an advantage for them, but from the moment the match started, it was a massive disadvantage. United looks lacklustre, out of form and out of sorts against the team that has won one match prior to this one, this season. In the seventh minute of the match, after many defensive errors, Allan Saint-Maximin, assisted by Sean Longstaff, opened the scoring which saw United’s defence unable to avert any damage and David De Gea left to watch the ball hit the back of his net. This was a terrible start for United. Rangnick needed to instil some discipline in this team.

The Magpies had the ball in the back of the net in the first half for a second time through Callum Wilson, but the flag was raised almost instantly, which would have been relief for United’s players. It was still a shambles that United did not hit the Magpies back and based in for performance in tis match, you could believe that United were the team that were threatened with relegation at this stage of the season with Newcastle playing their 19th match of the season this evening and United on their 17th match of the season after the Brentford and Brighton and Hove Albion matches were postponed earlier this month.

In the first half of the match, United had almost 70% of the ball, having four shots on goal – one of those on target. The Magpies, with less of the ball, had four shots on goal – two of those on target. United just did not seem to be on the same planet as the home side in the first half and perhaps Rangnick will create his own hairdryer-like discipline in the dressing room to get this team awake for the second half. 16 days between matches will create rustiness, but it should not have been like this. These players were criticised by Gary Neville on Sky Sports during the break, which says a lot about har far the club has fallen.

At the start of the second half, Rangnick made a double substitution with Jadon Sancho and Edinson Cavani replacing Fred and Mason Greenwood, who were both not quite making the grade in the first half. The Magpies almost had the ball in the net for the third time, with United lucky with it not hitting the back of the net because of De Gea. Almost immediately after that, Marcus Rashford had a chance on goal, which could have seen United level but the shot not testing the goalkeeper enough to level the tie. United would need to be more clinical, which could happen with the changes that were made at the start of the second half.

United showed more promise in the second half than they did in the first but the Magpies were still the team that was battling for the win with United having more than one mistake in them. De Gea made a fine save to deny Newcastle from going 2-0 up. In the 71st minute, Cavani equalised for United, having two chances to find a goal, taking his second and making it count. It was a great finish for the Uruguayan, scoring his second goal of the season on his return from a tendon injury when was sustained during an international break. United needed to find a second goal to take all three points from this match.

Rangnick made his final substitution in the 78th minute with Nemanja Matic replacing Scott McTominay. United needed to find some steel to add to the midfield with Newcastle pressing to find a second goal to win the match. They had been testing United since the equaliser, and after the substitution, still did so. The Magpies has a great chance in the 87th minute of the match which saw De Gea make a diving save to deny them from what could have been the winning goal of the match. United might have to settle for the point from this match as there was not much opportunity for them to get the winner, at this point.

Six minutes were added at the end of the second half, with the game still level and all to play for. United had the ball in the midfield but they were unable to get anything going before Newcastle regained possession again. Martin Dúbravka almost copy Newcastle with a shambles of an error but United could not get any damage done to win the game, despite given a solid gold chance to. As the half was coming to an end, it was certain that United had earned just a point from this match. They will be back in action against Burnley at Old Trafford on Thursday evening, which is a must win match for United, who need the points now.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

His second half performance was much better than the first half. He made a number of saves to keep United in the match. If he had not been in this form this season, United would be in dire straits.

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20 Diogo Dalot

Started poorly with Saint-Maximin getting the better of him at times. He's an attacking right-back, which is what United need and he showed that in the build up to United's equaliser.

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19 Raphael Varane

Seemed rusty after his injury layoff, which was to be expected. He did not seem to add any steel to the defence, which was worrying.

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5 Harry Maguire

Exposed in defence against Newcastle. Overcommitted himself at times and did not have the ability to make it pay off. Booked in the second half. Needs to find some improvement as he should be better than this.

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27 Alex Telles

Seems to have lost the form that kept him in this team ahead of Shaw. He struggled to break through Fraser and seemed to get caught in possession a number of times.

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17 Fred

It was not a great performance from the Brazilian. He did make two key passes, completing three of five long balls but in terms of adding steel to the midfield, which is needed, he added nothing. He was replaced by Sancho at the start of the second half.

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39 Scott McTominay

His passing was a positive but United were not able to control the midfield, which is one of the major problems at the club this season. He had a shot blocked and lost the ball 13 times. He was replaced by Matic in the 78th minute of the match.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Had one shot on target in the first half, which was blocked. It was a big chance that he had, and he should have scored it. Did not seem to be in great form, which is understandable after 16 days between matches. He was replaced by Cavani at the start of the second half. Perhaps was unlucky to come off at this time, he was the best of a poor bunch of attackers in this match.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

Might be at risk of losing his starting place if his dire form continues. He did well in the run up to Cavani's goal. But that was all he had to offer on a bad night at the office for United. He should be better than this. But that can be said for a lot of these players.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Seemed to be hungry to make things happen for United, but he could not do that. He has been out of form for a while now and it does not look like things are going to get better anytime soon.

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7 Cristiano Ronaldo

Had little service in this match. This 4-2-2-2 formation is not working for United with the players that they have. He was booked for a clumsy foul on Fraser, which need not have happened. He won't be happy with this team performance this evening.

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Substitutes

25 Jadon Sancho

Replaced Fred 46'. Should have started. Was lively on the right as soon as he came on. Created a chance for Cavani, which is what was needed, especially in the first half.

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21 Edinson Cavani

Replaced Greenwood 46'. Should have started the match with Ronaldo, but his fitness might not have allowed that in this match. His ability as a striker is second to none. He scored his second goal of the season to earn a point for United.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Replaced McTominay 78'. Came on with 12 minutes plus added time to stabilise the midfield. He did what was needed on a frustrating evening in the North East.

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Goals: Allan Saint-Maximin 7′; Edinson Cavani 71′

Assists: Sean Longstaff 7′

Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Telles; Fred (Sancho 46′), McTominay (Matic 78′); Greenwood (Cavani 46′), Fernandes; Rashford, Ronaldo

Substitutes Not Used: Henderson; Jones, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka; Van de Beek; Elanga

Bookings: Emil Krafth 66′, Joelinton 70′, Javier Manquillo 90+5′; Cristiano Ronaldo 58′, Bruno Fernandes 66′, Harry Maguire 68′

Written by John Walker

Confirmed XI: Ronaldo and Rashford lead the line against Newcastle; Greenwood and Fernandes supporting the attack – three points coming?

Manchester United return to action this evening as they travel to face Newcastle United at St James’ Park in the Premier League. It will be 16 days since their last match, a 1-0 victory over Norwich City following the postponements of the matches against Brentford and Brighton and Hove Albion. United have a good chance to break into the top four with these matches in hand, as long as they are played at a time where United will have the time to play matches, not at a time where they could be in Emirates FA Cup or even UEFA Champions League action, which will more than likely be the case.

United, at the time of writing, sit in sixth place in the Premier League, five points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal, 11 behind third-placed Chelsea, 14 behind second-placed Liverpool and 17 behind top of the league Manchester City. United will have a long and tough task of righting the wrongs that came at the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time at the club. Newcastle sit 19th in the league and likely to find relegation to the Championship at the end of the season if this form continues. They have a -23 goal difference, three shy of Norwich’s goal difference, who are bottom of the league. Dire times for that wee club in the North East.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Telles;

Fred, McTominay;

Greenwood, Fernandes;

Rashford, Ronaldo

Substitutes:

Henderson; Jones, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka; Matic, Van de Beek; Cavani, Sancho, Elanga

Newcastle United:

Dubravka;

Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Krafth;

Fraser, Shelvey, Longstaff, Saint-Maximin;

Wilson, Joelinton

Substitutes:

Woodman, Gillespie; Hendrick, Murphy, Almiron, Anderson, White; Gayle

United and Newcastle have played a total of 53 matches in the history of the Premier League. United have won 32 matches, drawing 14 with Newcastle winning the remaining seven matches. United have scored a total of 112 goals, winning three penalties and scoring two of them. Newcastle have scored 54 goals, winning tree penalties and scoring all of them. United have kept a total of 19 clean sheets with Newcastle keeping a total of 11 in these matches. United players have been shown a total of 87 yellow cards and three red cards with Newcastle players shown a total of 85 yellow cards and three red cards.

In recent history, there have been 11 players to play for both United and Newcastle – Peter Beardsley, Keith Gillespie, Andy Cole, Ronny Johnsen, Nicky Butt, Guiseppe Rossi, Danny Simpson, Alan Smith, Louis Saha, Gabriel Obertan and Michael Owen. Of these players, Andy Cole is perhaps the best performing player and most effective signing – the only one coming from Newcastle for a fee (£6 million and Gillespie back in 1995. Michael Owen, who has since turned him back on United, despite winning his only ever Premier League title at the club, seeking to get Liverpool fans to love him again, was another.

Written by John Walker

Predicted XI: [4-2-3-1] Ronaldo aiming to shoot down the Magpies once again; Sancho and Rashford to flank him – Fernandes to supplement the attack?

Manchester United return to action on Monday evening as they travel to face Newcastle United at St James’ Park in the Premier League. It will be 16 days since their last match, a 1-0 victory over Norwich City following the postponements of the matches against Brentford and Brighton and Hove Albion. United have a good chance to break into the top four with these matches in hand, as long as they are played at a time where United will have the time to play matches, not at a time where they could be in Emirates FA Cup or even UEFA Champions League action, which will more than likely be the case.

United, at the time of writing, sit in sixth place in the Premier League, five points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal, 11 behind third-placed Chelsea, 14 behind second-placed Liverpool and 17 behind top of the league Manchester City. United will have a long and tough task of righting the wrongs that came at the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time at the club. Newcastle sit 19th in the league and likely to find relegation to the Championship at the end of the season if this form continues. They have a -23 goal difference, three shy of Norwich’s goal difference, who are bottom of the league. Dire times for that wee club in the North East.

Previous meetings with Newcastle United and their connections with Manchester United.

United and Newcastle have played a total of 53 matches in the history of the Premier League. United have won 32 matches, drawing 14 with Newcastle winning the remaining seven matches. United have scored a total of 112 goals, winning three penalties and scoring two of them. Newcastle have scored 54 goals, winning tree penalties and scoring all of them. United have kept a total of 19 clean sheets with Newcastle keeping a total of 11 in these matches. United players have been shown a total of 87 yellow cards and three red cards with Newcastle players shown a total of 85 yellow cards and three red cards.

In recent history, there have been 11 players to play for both United and Newcastle – Peter Beardsley, Keith Gillespie, Andy Cole, Ronny Johnsen, Nicky Butt, Guiseppe Rossi, Danny Simpson, Alan Smith, Louis Saha, Gabriel Obertan and Michael Owen. Of these players, Andy Cole is perhaps the best performing player and most effective signing – the only one coming from Newcastle for a fee (£6 million and Gillespie back in 1995. Michael Owen, who has since turned him back on United, despite winning his only ever Premier League title at the club, seeking to get Liverpool fans to love him again, was another.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Newcastle United in the Premier League at St James’ Park on Monday evening…

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea has grown in confidence this season, compared to last. Dean Henderson was expected to challenge him this season, like last but his battle with coronavirus, which led to fatigue has seen him play fewer matches, which could lead to a loan spell in January for the remainder of the season, or longer. It seems a shame as he is a capable goalkeeper in need of a confidence boost as he could be the number one at the club for the future, which was something that he was likely to reach at United anyway. If he leave the club permanently and makes the grade elsewhere, there will be some moaning from areas of the fan base.

De Gea is a competent goalkeeper but last season, the form was not with him. This season, the confidence has seemingly returned which has resulted in the Spaniard making the saves that he did years ago which led to him being named the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Season four times. United will know the calibre of the player and what he can do at the club, which is why he has started so many matches for the club. He will be rested at times, but he is still the number one goalkeeper at the club and it looks like that is not going to chase any time soon. Ralf Rangnick will continue to select him and see what happens in the not too distant future.

Defenders: Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles

United’s defence is starting to find improvement so far this season. Diogo Dalot seems to have won his place as the right-back, considering the terrible form of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has made himself look like he does not fit the style of play at the club. Dalot is a more attacking player and will provide width on the right channels moving forward. Alex Telles has put in some good performances with Luke Shaw on the sidelines to a head injury, which happened in consecutive appearances for him, needing time out of playing football to recover. It could well be that these two players will be the mainstay in the team.

Raphael Varane is back from injury and could be set to start against Newcastle, which is needed to find some defensive stability and to keep United from conceding poor goals, which they have done this season, especially without him on the pitch. It seems likely that he will partner Harry Maguire in the centre of the defence, which should go a long way in helping De Gea and set United up on the attack with both players getting forward a lot of the time. If United can save the problems in defence, it could mean a lot more for them this season. There is a lot of work to get back into the title race in the league but two cup competitions are there to take, if they can.

Midfield: Scott McTominay, Fred

United’s midfield is not the best but they have been doing their jobs this season. With Paul Pogba injured and likely to be close to leaving the club and Nemanja Matic suffering injury and illness recently, Scott McTominay and Fred have been the main players in these positions. Donny van de Beek has been given a few chances, but in these two positions, he has not been the best. He will be taking on Fernandes for a place in the team and Fernandes offers much more than the Dutchman at this time – five goals and nine assists so far this season. It seems likely that Rangnick will continue with both McTominay and Fred.

The duo are not the best players to grace a midfield but they have been working hard. Fred, despite the criticism, has been a positive player but United cannot continue to rely on him to keep performing. The January transfer window could see new additions but the Winter transfer window is not the best to bring in new players, but business can be done for the right price and United will be expected to pay a lot of money for a new addition. So for now, McTominay and Fred will most likely be the trusted players to get the work down, despite not being the most ideal to do it all. We can’t have it all right now, so have to work with what United has.

Attacking Midfield: Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford

This is the area that all the goals should be provided, whether scoring or assisting. Last season, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford were streets ahead in terms of scoring and assisting and the former is streets ahead at this stage of the season with the latter lacking. Jadon Sancho has scored just two goals for United – both of them coming under the leadership of Michael Carrick, who has now left the club. It is important that the players in these roles are creating and assisting the goals, but also that they help when United are under attack themselves and that the players behind them also contribute.

Fernandes has not had the best season, facing criticism from the usual suspects who will always give the players who are not pulling their weight more slack, such as Anthony Martial, who has been in such poor form this season and last. In fact, he’s had two good seasons at the club but his ‘fans’ will always find the excuses for him, yet not do that for players who have been carrying the club with people like Martial not committed to the cause. Rashford will need to start putting in the work to find some form, otherwise he will cut a rather frustrated figure on the bench as other will take their chance. Sancho has improved post-Solskjaer too.

Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo

The in form Portuguese superstar has scored 13 goals and two assists so far this season and is the current top scorer, with compatriot Bruno Fernandes and forward rival Mason Greenwood both scoring five goals, although Fernandes has nine assists to Greenwood’s two. Ronaldo has given his all for United since his return and starting against Newcastle will be his aim as he scored a brace against the club on his second debut for United back in September. Some suggest that United rely on Ronaldo but the same people would be moaning if the player was benched, which has happened a few times this season.

Ronaldo has an eye for a goal but will also create space for other attacking players in the squad. If Ronaldo and Cavani actually start together, United will have two prime finishers on the pitch at the same time. United have no problems scoring the goals – the main problem is the creativity and getting the ball up to the finishers, which has been shown recently, despite United not kicking a ball for over a fortnight. Getting that problem sorted will change the fortunes of the club. Having two games in hand at this time will be a benefit for United, but only if they can find the swashbuckling form they were once known for.

Substitutes: Dean Henderson; Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw; Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek; Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani

Nine substitutes can be named on the bench in the Premier League with just three of them being used in a match. Rangnick has shown support for having five substitutes, which has been in play in the Carabao Cup, UEFA Champions League and will be in effect for the Emirates FA Cup next month. Whether the rules are changes, remains to be seen. Dean Henderson will be expected to be on the bench for this match, but if there is a chance of him leaving the club in January, Tom Heaton could stand in for him with De Gea expected to start the match with his form significantly better than it was last season at the club.

In defence, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw could be available with Eric Bailly selected for the Ivory Coast squad for the African Cup of Nations, it seems likely that he will not be available for much of January, if his country do well. In midfield, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek could be called upon with the midfield labelled as a problem area at the club at this time, which might be rectified during the January transfer window. In attack, with Ronaldo, Sancho and Rashford all starting, Rangnick will have Mason Greenwood and Edison Cavani available, as he confirmed Paul Pogba is the only injured player at this time.

Written by John Walker

Preview: Rangnick’s United need to find their Christmas spirit to help Newcastle back to the Championship

Newcastle United -v- Manchester United

Premier League

St James’ Park, Newcastle

Monday 27 December 2021, KO 20:00 GMT

Referee: Craig Pawson Assistants: Ian Hussin, Darren Cann

Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor

VAR: Peter Bankes Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood

Manchester United return to action on Monday evening as they travel to face Newcastle United at St James’ Park in the Premier League. It will be 16 days since their last match, a 1-0 victory over Norwich City following the postponements of the matches against Brentford and Brighton and Hove Albion. United have a good chance to break into the top four with these matches in hand, as long as they are played at a time where United will have the time to play matches, not at a time where they could be in Emirates FA Cup or even UEFA Champions League action, which will more than likely be the case.

United, at the time of writing, sit in sixth place in the Premier League, five points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal, 11 behind third-placed Chelsea, 14 behind second-placed Liverpool and 17 behind top of the league Manchester City. United will have a long and tough task of righting the wrongs that came at the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time at the club. Newcastle sit 19th in the league and likely to find relegation to the Championship at the end of the season if this form continues. They have a -23 goal difference, three shy of Norwich’s goal difference, who are bottom of the league. Dire times for that wee club in the North East.

Manchester United – Recent Form, Goals Scored and Assists: WDWWDW

Norwich City 1-0 W, Young Boys 1-1 D, Crystal Palace 1-0 W, Arsenal 3-2 W, Chelsea 1-1 D, Villarreal 2-0 W

Goals: 13 – Cristiano Ronaldo, 5 – Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, 3 – Marcus Rashford, 2 – Fred, Jesse Lingard, Jadon Sancho, 1 – Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, Alex Telles, Donny van de Beek

Assists: 9 – Bruno Fernandes, 7 – Paul Pogba, 3 – Luke Shaw, 2 – Mason Greenwood, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Cristiano Ronaldo 1 – Fred, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Raphael Varane

Newcastle United – Recent Form, Goals Scored and Assists: LLLWDL

Manchester City 4-0 L, Liverpool 3-1 L, Leicester City 4-0 L, Burnley 1-0 W, Norwich City 1-1 D, Arsenal 2-0 L

Goals: 6 – Callum Wilson, 3 – Allan Saint-Maximin, 1 – Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Joelinton, Jamaal Lascelles, Sean Longstaff, Javier Manquillo, Jacob Murphy, Jonjo Shelvey

Assists: 3 – Allan Saint-Maximin, 2 – Javier Manquillo, Matt Ritchie, 1 – Ciaran Clark, Ryan Fraser, Joelinton, Emil Krafth, Jacob Murphy, Fabian Schär

Previous meetings with Newcastle United and their connections with Manchester United.

United and Newcastle have played a total of 53 matches in the history of the Premier League. United have won 32 matches, drawing 14 with Newcastle winning the remaining seven matches. United have scored a total of 112 goals, winning three penalties and scoring two of them. Newcastle have scored 54 goals, winning tree penalties and scoring all of them. United have kept a total of 19 clean sheets with Newcastle keeping a total of 11 in these matches. United players have been shown a total of 87 yellow cards and three red cards with Newcastle players shown a total of 85 yellow cards and three red cards.

In recent history, there have been 11 players to play for both United and Newcastle – Peter Beardsley, Keith Gillespie, Andy Cole, Ronny Johnsen, Nicky Butt, Guiseppe Rossi, Danny Simpson, Alan Smith, Louis Saha, Gabriel Obertan and Michael Owen. Of these players, Andy Cole is perhaps the best performing player and most effective signing – the only one coming from Newcastle for a fee (£6 million and Gillespie back in 1995. Michael Owen, who has since turned him back on United, despite winning his only ever Premier League title at the club, seeking to get Liverpool fans to love him again, was another.

Team News: Just one injury absentee for United with up to six players also returning from various problems. Newcastle have four players out; one suspended, three injured.

Paul Pogba (Thigh) is the only injured player at this time at United. It is expected that he could be fit by the 10 January 2022, if he ever plays for the club again. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Knee) and Raphaël Varane (Thigh) are expected to be back in contention for Monday’s clash with Newcastle but currently have a 75% chance of featuring. Edinson Cavani (Tendon), Victor Lindelof (Chest/Abdominal) and Anthony Martial (Knee) all have 50% chances of featuring against the Magpies. Juan Mata (Illness) was an absentee, despite United’s two matches against Brentford and Brighton being postponed but he has been pictured back in training recently.

Isaac Hayden (Suspension) will miss the clash with United after amassing five yellow cards so far this season. Paul Dummett (Calf/Shin/Heel), Jamal Lewis (Thigh) and Federico Fernandez (Thigh) have all been ruled out due to injury. Javier Manquillo (Illness) has a 75% chance of featuring for his club at St James’ Park on Monday evening whilst Jonjo Shelvey (Muscular) has a 50% chance of featuring against United. This is not a good period for the ‘richest club in the Premier League’ with relegation to the Championship a likelihood this season, unless the performances and the results improve. The Magpies have lost their last three matches.

Predicted Starting XI: Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho to start against

Ralf Rangnick will have a full team, minus Paul Pogba to select from for this match, 16 days after the club beat Norwich City. It seems that United will be starting afresh in this match and could be rusty ahead of their first match during this Festive period. United will be back in action just three days later as they welcome Burnley to the Theatre of Dreams with still one more match to go before the club reaches the half way point of the season, which if the Brentford and Brighton matches were not postponed, would have come against Newcastle. United were not at their best against Norwich and will need to find some improvement in this match and beyond.

David De Gea will be seeking to keep his position as the main goalkeeper in the team and he’s done everything that he needs to do to claim that at this time. In defence, Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles should keep their places at fullback with Raphaël Varane returning from injury parter Harry Maguire in the centre of the defence. Scott McTominay and Fred should start in the midfield with Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford starting in the three attacking positions behind the striker. Cristiano Ronaldo should keep his place as the main striker against Newcastle with Edison Cavani able to take a place on the bench, he might not be fit to start.

Match Prediction: United and Newcastle have met 53 times in the Premier League with United winning 32 times, drawing 14 times with the Magpies winning just seven times. United should win this match.

Earlier this season, United beat Newcastle 4-1 at Old Trafford. It was Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to United and he did well on that day, scoring a brace in this defeat for a club that has supposedly become the richest the Premier League. Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard scored the other goals on that day. Last season, United beat the Magpies 3-1 at Old Trafford with Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Fernandes scoring the goals. At St James’ Park, it was a 4-1 victory for United with Harry Maguire, Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Rashford scoring the goals. United need to do the double over the club again this season.

Newcastle are one of the worst teams in the Premier League this season, earning their first win of the season at the start of December beating Burnley 1-0. Since that victory, they have lost to Leicester City, Liverpool and Manchester City, conceding 11 goals and scoring just once. With United in much better form following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Eddie Howe’s side will not be looking forward to another poor result, which is the likelihood here, despite the fact that United last played a match 16 days prior to this one, if it does in fact go ahead. It could well be curtains for Newcastle, which would be hilarious.

Newcastle United 0-3 Manchester United

Written by John Walker

Review & Ratings: Mason Greenwood shows his ability with two goals against Bournemouth; Fernandes with one goal and two assists

Manchester United beat Bournemouth 5-2 at the Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, the first 3pm kick off that has been shown (involving United) on television. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be happy with this victory, despite Bournemouth scoring an embarrassing goal at the start of the match. Mason Greenwood scored twice plus one for each of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Bruno Fernandes.

Despite a good start for United, Bournemouth took the lead in the 16th minute through Junior Stanislas which made Eddie Howe happy. The Cherries threw four players into the box, the ball dropped to Stanislas who took advantage of some poor defending by Aaron Wan-Bissaka. He then nutmegged Harry Maguire and squeezed the ball between David De Gea and the near post to put Bournemouth ahead in the match. 1-0.

It took United 14 minutes to get back into the game, equalising though Mason Greenwood in the 29th minute of the match, the 18-year-old scoring his 14th goal of the season. Marcus Rashford bust away from Diego Rico, despite the latter claiming a foul. He moved inside to Bruno Fernandes who kept up the high-pace of the attack and toe-poked the ball into Greenwood’s path, hitting the back of the net from 15-yards. 1-1.

United found themselves ahead in the game after Bournemouth gave United a penalty after Adam Smith dangled his hand in the box, hitting the ball. Rashford took the penalty in the 35th minute, squeezing the ball past Aaron Ramsdale, who guessed the right direction but Rashford’s power and accuracy was just too great for the goalkeeper to make the save. 20 goals for Rashford now. 2-1 to United. Eddie who?

Two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the half, United scored their third goal of the game through Anthony Martial, who had a quiet first half against Bournemouth but popped up off the left, cut inside and opened up from 22-yards. The Frenchman took aim for the top corner and caught the ball sweetly. Ramsdale flew through the air to make the save but got nowhere near it. 20 goals for the Frenchman too. 3-1.

It was a good start to the second half by Bournemouth. Eric Bailly, who replaced Victor Lindelof at half time was adjudged to have handled the ball, albeit hitting his shoulder with Mike Dean giving the penalty. VAR gave it too. Josh King scored the resulting penalty for Bournemouth, bringing the score to 3-2. Moment later, that had the ball in the back of the net again, 3-3, but the flag was up, luckily for United.

United restored their two goal lead in the 54th minute of the match with Greenwood scoring his second goal of the game and his 15th goal of the season. It was what United needed, putting Bournemouth back in their place. The 18-year-old scored with his weaker right foot. It seemed he was going nowhere down the right but took a strike on goal with his right foot. He generated some power, which was extraordinary. 4-2.

That was not it for United though as Bruno Fernandes, who as assisted two goals today already got in on the scoresheet too. United won a free-kick from around 20-yards. Fernandes pulled rank and took the kick and smacked a curling effort into the far corner. It started as a good match for Bournemouth but turned into a great game for United. Seven goals for Fernandes and six assists. 5-2 to United.

Solskjaer made his second substitution of the match with Fred replacing Nemanja Matic in the 67th minute, opting to keep the Serbian fresh for the visit to Villa Park next week with United still looking to break into the top four this season. Solskjaer then made two more changes with Juan Mata and Odion Ighalo replacing Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. It was a good win for United. Aston Villa next for United.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper did not have the best start against Bournemouth, conceding the opening goal in what seemed like another mistake in him not being able to stop the ball creeping in past him at the near post. These mistakes need to be cut out of his game. He conceded a penalty in the 49th minute, then another soon after, which was flagged for offside.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The right-back made a mistake for Bournemouth's opener with some lazy defending but he soon corrected that mistake and raise his game considerable in this game. There might not be a better right-back in the league that Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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2 Victor Lindelof

The Iceman played well at times against Bournemouth and was not at fault for the opening goal of the match, scored by the Cherries. He was replaced at half time by Eric Bailly as he was struggling with his back in the latter stages of the first half.

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5 Harry Maguire

The captain was nutmegged by Junior Stanislas for the opener, which was not a great moment for the England defender. However, as the match grew, Maguire raised his game and helped United push for goals, taking a 3-1 leads before half time.

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23 Luke Shaw

The left-back did well at times and got forward a lot of the time but did not have much involvement in any of the goals. Brandon Williams will be seeking chances to get ahead of him once again, which could happen against Aston Villa next week.

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31 Nemanja Matic

The Serbian played a good game for United, despite his side conceding twice against Bournemouth. He assisted for Mason Greenwood in the 54th minute of the match and was replaced by Fred in the 67th minute.

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6 Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba did not seem to be as sharp as he has been recently, perhaps feeling the pressure of the number of matches he has played in a short period of time. He got stuck in as United were banging the goals in though, showing his ability both on and off the ball. He had a free-kick in added time, which was just saved by the keeper.

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11 Mason Greenwood

The 18-year-old had a great match against Bournemouth, scoring two goals; his first the equaliser after the Cherries' opener then his second restoring a two-goal lead over the relegation candidates this season. He was replaced by Daniel James in the 75th minute of the match.

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18 Bruno Fernandes

The Portuguese magnifico got himself two assists; for Mason Greenwood's and Anthony Martial's first half goals, scoring one of his own, a free-kick in the 59th minute of the match. It has been a pleasure to watch Fernandes at United since January. Seven goals and six assists for his club now.

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10 Marcus Rashford

The England forward scored a penalty with United taking a 2-1 lead in the game after conceding early against Bournemouth. Rashford was unlucky with another, which was ruled out. 20 goals this season, the first time he has scored this many goals for his club in one season, at this level. He was replaced by Juan Mata in the 80th minute of the match.

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9 Anthony Martial

The French forward got a goal against Bournemouth, making it 20 goals for his this season too, which is his best season at the club - just days after scoring his first hat-trick of his career. He was replaced by Odion Ighalo in the 80th minute of the match.

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Substitutes

3 Eric Bailly

Replaced Lindelof 46'. The Ivorian defender gave away a penalty in the 49th minute of the match, which seemed to come off his shoulder. It was given by Mike Dean and VAR though. United soon stabilised their weaknesses in defence and restored their lead in the match.

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17 Fred

Replaced Matic 67'. The Brazilian did not really do much in the game but the game was won when he came on. Good to see him get some minutes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer able to give some players. a rest.

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Review & Ratings: Mason Greenwood shows his ability with two goals against Bournemouth; Fernandes with one goal and two assists

Replaced Greenwood 75'. The Welsh winger came in with 15 minutes remaining, He did not really get into the game and will be seeking another goal. He seems to get a lot of criticism from those Twitter fans, who are not fans at all. Nobody seems willing to give him a chance.

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8 Juan Mata

Replaced Rashford 80'. The Spanish magician made his 34th appearance of the season. United won a free-kick in added time but Pogba won the right to take it. It was good to see him back on the pitch.

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Review & Ratings: Mason Greenwood shows his ability with two goals against Bournemouth; Fernandes with one goal and two assists

Replaced Martial 80'. The Nigerian striker came on with ten minutes of the match to play and United having won it already. He played about with his opposition and tried to get United further ahead with his teammates.

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Goals: Mason Greenwood 29′, 54′, Marcus Rashford 35′ (penalty), Anthony Martial 45+2′, Bruno Fernandes 59′; Junior Stanislas 16′, Joshua King 49′ (penalty)

Assists: Bruno Fernandes 29′, 45+2′, Nemanja Matic 54′; Joshua King 16′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof (Bailly 46′), Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Williams; Mata, Pereira, Fred, James, McTominay; Ighalo

Bookings: Jefferson Lerma 31′

Confirmed Starting XI: No changes for United; Martial, Rashford, Fernandes and Greenwood lead the line against Bournemouth; Pogba starts too – no injury concerns there

ManchesterManchester United face Bournemouth in the Premier League at Old Trafford this afternoon in a traditional 3pm kick off. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased with his squad at this stage of the season with all still to play for. Bruno Fernandes has literally changed United’s playing style since arriving in January with Paul Pogba working well with him. Chelsea will be looking over their shoulders this weekend, as will Leicester City, who has dropped in form considerably.United

Bournemouth have fallen this season and could well be relegated from the Premier League, which is what they deserve when you look at their form. In the last six matches, they have lost five and drawn one and their last victory goes back to the 1 February. United need to hit them hard and ruin their season, keeping United’s alive with everything to play for. The UEFA Champions League is still on the table for United, and if they make the top four, will still have a chance winning the Europa League.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw;

Matic, Pogba;

Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Bailly, Williams; Mata, Pereira, Fred, James, McTominay; Ighalo

Bournemouth:

Ramsdale;

Smith, Ake, Kelly, Rico;

Brooks, L. Cook, Lerma, Stanislas;

Solanke, King

Substitutes:

Boruc, Gosling, G. Surman, Danjuma, Stacey, H. Wilson, Billing, Travers, Surridge

United and Bournemouth have played nine times in the Premier League with United winning six, drawing once and losing twice. In total, United have scored 17 goals conceding eight. Both United have kept two clean sheets with Bournemouth keeping one. United have been awarded one penalty, failing to score it, with Bournemouth awarded one and scoring it. In total, United have received 16 yellow cards and one red. Bournemouth have received 17 yellow cards and one red card.

Back in November 2019, Bournemouth beat United 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League, which is something that Solskjaer will need to avenge. However, United are in much better for at this moment in time with a 15-match unbeaten run, scoring 38 goals, conceding four times, keeping 11 clean sheets. Bournemouth will not be happy to visit the Theatre of Dreams with United in this kind of form, which could be just another sign of their relegation this season.

How Manchester United could look against Bournemouth; Greenwood to continue magnificent season, Fernandes and Pogba to shine?

Manchester United face Bournemouth in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon in a traditional 3pm kick off. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased with his squad at this stage of the season with all still to play for. Bruno Fernandes has literally changed United’s playing style since arriving in January with Paul Pogba working well with him. Chelsea will be looking over their shoulders this weekend, as will Leicester City, who has dropped in form considerably.

Bournemouth have fallen this season and could well be relegated from the Premier League, which is what they deserve when you look at their form. In the last six matches, they have lost five and drawn one and their last victory goes back to the 1 February. United need to hit them hard and ruin their season, keeping United’s alive with everything to play for. The UEFA Champions League is still on the table for United, and if they make the top four, will still have a chance winning the Europa League.

How United have faired against Bournemouth in the Premier League.

United and Bournemouth have played nine times in the Premier League with United winning six, drawing once and losing twice. In total, United have scored 17 goals conceding eight. Both United have kept two clean sheets with Bournemouth keeping one. United have been awarded one penalty, failing to score it, with Bournemouth awarded one and scoring it. In total, United have received 16 yellow cards and one red. Bournemouth have received 17 yellow cards and one red card.

Back in November 2019, Bournemouth beat United 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League, which is something that Solskjaer will need to avenge. However, United are in much better for at this moment in time with a 15-match unbeaten run, scoring 38 goals, conceding four times, keeping 11 clean sheets. Bournemouth will not be happy to visit the Theatre of Dreams with United in this kind of form, which could be just another sign of their relegation this season.

Here is my predicted starting XI to face Bournemouth in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon…

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spanish number one has kept ten clean sheets in the Premier League alone this season and it has not been the best season for him at the Old Trafford club. Nick Pope has 13 clean sheets so that alone gives De Gea the inspiration to better his counterpart at Burnley, so starting against Bournemouth, De Gea should be well on the way of matching the player, as long as Burnley concede a goal, with many matches remaining to turn this poor season into something special on the way to bettering that next season with United hopefully mounting a title charge.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

United’s defence has been strengthened this season, not just with the acquisition of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire last summer but because of the way the entire teams plays around the defence. With Matic in midfield, the defence is protected and with Maguire’s fearless nature and the fact he’s playing to the best of his abilities, bringing the best out of his teammates, it has made some great changes in the squad. Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw will keep their places in the team and alongside Maguire, Eric Bailly should be given a chance, keeping Victor Lindelof rested for the matching coming thick and fast for the remainder of July.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are the best central midfielders to utilise at this moment in time. Matic complements the fact that Pogba and Fernandes are able to play in the same team with him and that both can be allowed to drift with the Serbian’s ability to defend and distribute the ball. Pogba, since recovering from his injury, has really risen in stature at the club and seems happy to get stuck in. Long may we see this duo in midfield, providing the necessary for United to blow their opposition aside match after match until the end of the season and into the next.

Attacking Midfield: Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood

Over the last few matches after Project Restart, United have been playing very attacking football and scoring the goals. No 0-0 draws but a slight problem breaking terms down, getting there in the end. Against both Sheffield United and Brighton and Hove Albion, six goals have been scored with Bruno Fernandes an intrinsic member of the attacking formation. The Portuguese midfielder should keeping his place, flanked by Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. This trio are able to bring goals galore to this team, helping United achieve what they need.

Striker: Anthony Martial

The Frenchman has made 38 appearances so far this season, scoring 19 goals and six assists in all competitions. Granted, it has not been the best season for the forward but it has been his best so far at the club in terms of goals scored. The front three, Marcus Rashford, Martial and Mason Greenwood are responsible for 51 goals between them this season, which is a great achievement for the trio and something to build upon for the future of the club, which seems so exciting right now.

Substitutes: Sergio Romero; Victor Lindelof, Brandon Williams; Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Daniel James, Scott McTominay; Odion Ighalo

With five substitutions for the remainder of the season, Solskjaer will be able to utilise more players, keeping his stars rested for the remainder of the season. On the bench against Bournemouth, I reckon Sergio Romero, Victor Lindelof and Brandon Williams will be available for the defensive area. In midfield, Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira, Fred, Daniel James and Scott McTominay will be available. In attack, Odion Ighalo will be the only attacking player on the bench.

Preview: Bournemouth heat to Old Trafford with relegation a possibility; Solskjaer’s side looking to destroy the Cherries

Manchester United -v- Bournemouth

Premier League

Old Trafford, Manchester

Saturday 4 July 2020, KO 15:00 BST

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: Simon Bennett, Darren Cann Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor

VAR: Lee Mason Assistant VAR: Adrian Holmes

Replacement Official: Paul Hodskinson

Manchester United face Bournemouth in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon in a traditional 3pm kick off. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased with his squad at this stage of the season with all still to play for. Bruno Fernandes has literally changed United’s playing style since arriving in January with Paul Pogba working well with him. Chelsea will be looking over their shoulders this weekend, as will Leicester City, who has dropped in form considerably.

Bournemouth have fallen this season and could well be relegated from the Premier League, which is what they deserve when you look at their form. In the last six matches, they have lost five and drawn one and their last victory goes back to the 1 February. United need to hit them hard and ruin their season, keeping United’s alive with everything to play for. The UEFA Champions League is still on the table for United, and if they make the top four, will still have a chance winning the Europa League.

Form: United unbeaten in 15 matches with their form starting to go through the roof with Bournemouth losing five and drawing one of their last six matches. Relegation on the way for the Cherries?

Manchester United: WWWDWW

Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 W, Norwich City 2-1 W, Sheffield United 3-0 W, Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 D, LASK 5-0 W, Manchester City 2-0 W

Bournemouth: LLLLDL

Newcastle United 4-1 L, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 L, Crystal Palace 2-0 L, Liverpool 2-1 L, Chelsea 2-2 D, Burnley 3-0 L

Top Scorers: Martial, Rashford, Greenwood and Fernandes have scored 57 goals for United in all competitions this season with Bournemouth scoring just 34 goals.

Manchester United Goals: 19 – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, 13 – Mason Greenwood, 6 – Bruno Fernandes, 5 – Odion Ighalo, Scott McTominay, 4 – Daniel James, 3 – Harry Maguire, Juan Mata, 2 – Fred, Own Goal, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, 1 – Diogo Dalot, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams, Ashley Young

United are unbeaten in 15 matches, scoring 38 goals, conceding four times, keeping 11 clean sheets and driving forward in their bid to reach the top four of the Premier League. United were given a chance to break into the top four after Chelsea lost to West Ham United on Wednesday evening, so beating Bournemouth could be the start of something good. Although, Leicester City’s demise could help United too.

Bournemouth Goals: 9 – Callum Wilson, 7 – Harry Wilson, 4 – Joshua King, 3 – Philip Billing, Dan Gosling, 2 – Nathan Aké, 1 – Steve Cook, Ryan Fraser, Jefferson Lerma, Chris Mepham, Dominic Solanke, Sam Surridge

Bournemouth are not in a good place at this present time. They are nineteenth in the Premier League, albeit six points clear of bottom club Norwich City and a point from safety, although it is not really safe their either. In the three matches played since Project Restart, they have not won a single match, conceding seven goals and scoring just one. You would have to go back to the 1 February to see them last win a match.

Team News: Two players missing from United due to injury with three missing for Bournemouth; two injured and one suspended.

Solskjaer looks set to once again be without Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones for the visit of Bournemouth to the Theatre of Dreams. It does not look as if there were any injuries after the 3-0 victory over Brighton on Tuesday evening but this will be confirmed when Solskjaer holds his press conference on Friday morning, which will be broadcast live on MUTV.

Bournemouth will be without Simon Francis and Charlie Daniels who have both been ruled out due to knee injuries and Callum Wilson, who has amassed 10 yellow cards so far this season and will be suspended for the trip to Manchester. This could be a big blow to Bournemouth who desperately need to end their poor form so they can avert relegation.

Predicted Starting XI: Solskjaer to keep trusting Martial, Rashford, Fernandes and Greenwood as attackers and Pogba and Matic in midfield against Bournemouth?

I don’t think Solskjaer will make many changes to the team which beat Brighton earlier this week. Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood will drive United forward, supported by Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic in the midfield. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw will keep their places at fullback, Harry Maguire will be partnered with Eric Bailly, the only change in the lineup with David De Gea in goal against the Cherries.

Match Prediction: United need to avenge defeat to Bournemouth back in November and their current form suggests that the fight has gone and United will keep their chances of a top four finish this season.

United and Bournemouth have played nine times in the Premier League with United winning six, drawing once and losing twice. In total, United have scored 17 goals conceding eight. Both United have kept two clean sheets with Bournemouth keeping one. United have been awarded one penalty, failing to score it, with Bournemouth awarded one and scoring it. In total, United have received 16 yellow cards and one red. Bournemouth have received 17 yellow cards and one red card.

Back in November 2019, Bournemouth beat United 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League, which is something that Solskjaer will need to avenge. However, United are in much better for at this moment in time with a 15-match unbeaten run, scoring 38 goals, conceding four times, keeping 11 clean sheets. Bournemouth will not be happy to visit the Theatre of Dreams with United in this kind of form, which could be just another sign of their relegation this season.

Manchester United 3-0 Bournemouth

Review and Ratings: Lacklustre United fails to pressure Bournemouth in fourth Premier League defeat of the season

Manchester United were beaten for the fourth time in the Premier League this season. Bournemouth, despite not scoring in their last three matches, scored at the end of the first half with former United academy graduate Joshua King scoring the only goal of the game. United just did not do enough to get into the game, having just four shots on target.

United started well against Bournemouth and could have seen an opening goal come early if Andreas Pereira did not fluff his lines. The weather was not the best on the South Coast, not that it is to be used as an excuse. At the end of the first half, Bournemouth scored through former United academy graduate Joshua King, assisted by Adam Smith.

Bournemouth seemed to be full of confidence in the second half with United not really threatening much and the home side having a few chances on goal, one of which David De Gea made a good save to deny them from scoring. United then started to have much more of the ball but still an inability to do anything with it, which was worrying.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper did well in the first half of the match although he conceded in added time with Josh King beating him from close range, straight through his legs. De Gea performed a good save with just over 15 minutes to go, denying Bournemouth from a second goal.

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29 Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The English right-back did well at times against Bournemouth, putting in the tackles in hia area. United seemed to be the second-placed team in the match but the 21-year-old tried to change that. His match ended with ten minutes to go after Brandon Williams replaced him.

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2 Victor Lindelof

After raising his game last season, he needs to start doing it again. He has weaknesses all over and seems to be turning into a liability at times once again. He plays the ball well but for a defender, that can't be all he can do.

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5 Harry Maguire

The £80 million man did not have a good game. He's not been his best this season. He made a mistake which led to the goal, leaving Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who should not have been in the central positions, to deal with Joshua King, who scored the only goal of the game. Improvement needed.

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Review and Ratings: Lacklustre United fails to pressure Bournemouth in fourth Premier League defeat of the season

For a player to be one of the most experienced players in this team and to captain the club, his ability has gone south. He cannot even get a cross into the box, which might actually change in the upcoming General Election. Brandon Williams should have started ahead of him.

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39 Scott McTominay

The 22-year-old lacked creativity and making the right decisions to keep possession. He's in good form though and never held his head down or gave up. There needs to be more players with this ethic in the team. Too many players are hiding in plain sight.

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17 Fred

The Brazilian midfielder seems to be rising in confidence. He's not quite there yet but in terms of what he can offer, he has been doing well. He seems to play the ball forwards often, and has a good shot on him, coming close at times. Against Bournemouth though, he could have done more, in my opinion.

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Review and Ratings: Lacklustre United fails to pressure Bournemouth in fourth Premier League defeat of the season

The Welshman played a key role for United gainst Bournemouth, using his pace to try and get something for United. However, unfortunately for him, they were not in the game after Bournemouth scored just before half time. Mason Greenwood replaced the winger with ten minutes remaining of the match.

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15 Andreas Pereira

I am beginning (again) to wonder what he offers United. He has had a few good moments in his career but nothing to suggest he's a mainstay in this team. The best he can hope for is being a squad player at the club, if he survives the next summer transfer window.

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10 Marcus Rashford

His impact was very little against Bournemouth, who gave him little space to do what he does. His confidence is much higher than it was ane he needs to find ways to unlock the opposition defence.

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9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman started well for United but as the game grew on, and Bournemouth took the lead, he was isolated. Having players like Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard behind him has not worked as they are not good enough.

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Substitutes

14 Jesse Lingard

Replaced Pereira 68'. He's not scored a goal since last season. He's not offering anything to the team this season. His decline followed his peak pretty quickly and he's only got himself to blame for that. His clothing label is just as good as his footballing ability - both in decline.

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11 Mason Greenwood

Replaced James 80'. The young attacker had ten minutes to bring something to the team and in 80 minutes, his teammates had failed to bring anything of note. He never gave up and showed a good attitude. He might be thinking about some of the professionals in the team and what they bring, perhaps to find a way of getting ahead of them. That might not be that hard for him.

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33 Brandon Williams

Replaced Wan-Bissaka 80'. The 19-year-old showed some good signs and I expected him to start at left-back ahead of Ashley Young. He showed more than other 'professional' players in the ten minutes he spent on the pitch. Luke Shaw might have a fight for the left-back position on his hands.

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Goals: Joshua King 45+1′

Assists: Adam Smith 45+1′

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka (Williams 80′), Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Fred; James (Greenwood 80′), Pereira (Lingard 68′), Rashford; Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Rojo; Mata, Garner

Bookings: Fred 35′, Victor Lindelof 64′, Ashley Young 66′; Jefferson Lerma 35′, Steve Cook 55′, Ryan Fraser 62′, Callum Wilson 90+1′

Confirmed Starting XI: Martial, Rashford, Pereira and James lead the attack against Bournemouth; Williams, Mata and Lingard on the bench

Manchester United are on the road again this weekend and will face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League. It will be the first fixture to be played this weekend, kicking off at 12:30 today, live on BT Sport 1 HD in the United Kingdom. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United will be seeking to continue their unbeaten streak.

It has been the longest unbeaten streak of this season, in fact, if you look back to last season, up until United beat Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League, that was their last biggest unbeaten run, which lasted for five matches, coming after a 2-0 defeat to PSG. It was an eleven match unbeaten run before that, something Solskjaer would like to see again.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young;

McTominay, Fred;

James, Pereira, Rashford;

Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Rojo, Williams; Mata, Lingard, Garner; Greenwood

Bournemouth:

Ramsdale;

Smith, Cook, Ake, Salguero;

Fraser, Lerma, Billing, Wilson;

Wilson, King

Substitutes:

Boruc, Francis, Solanke, Groeneveld, Cook, Kelly, Mepham

United and Bournemouth have played 16 times in the history of both clubs. United has won 11 times, drawn 3 times and lost two times. United are undefeated in the last seven matches, winning six times and drawing once. The last defeat to Bournemouth came on the 12 December 2015 at the Vitality Stadium, a 2-1 defeat.

Marouane Fellaini equalise after Junior Stanislas’ opening goal only for former United academy graduate Josh King to score the winning goal in the match. Prior to that match, United and Bournemouth had not met since 1989 with the last defeat going back five years earlier, a 2-0 defeat in the FA Cup in 1984.

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