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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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21 Daniel James

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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25 Odion Ighalo

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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18 Ashley Young

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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21 Daniel James

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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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.

Key Battles: Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire key to beating Bournemouth in the Premier League

Manchester United will come against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday in a match which kicks off at 12:30 GMT and will be shown live on BT Sport 1 HD in the United Kingdom. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has changed their fortunes of late with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool and three away victories in their last four matches, seeing his side rise up to seventh in the Premier League table.

Solskjaer will be happy to see the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Scott McTominay all in the hunt for goals again this season, also the fact that Daniel James is starting to find his feet at the club, despite rising from the Championship with Swansea City last season. United seem to be growing in confidence, which will aid them as the season develops.

Key Players: United’s players are they key to defeating Bournemouth as there is a rising confidence level with goals for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and a star in the making in Daniel James.

Manchester United: David De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay, Daniel James, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial

Bournemouth: Aaron Ramsdale, Nathan Ake, Philip Billing, Ryan Fraser, Harry Wilson, Callum Wilson, Joshua King

Key Battles: Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay, and Anthony Martial to lead the battles against Bournemouth with Callum Wilson, Philip Billings, and Nathan Ake tasked with trying to thwart United.

Key Battle One: Harry Maguire versus Callum Wilson

The 26-year-old has largely been a defensive rock for United this season. He may not be worth the £80 million that the club paid Leicester City for him but part of the large fee was the fact that United desperately needed a defender of his ilk in the team. In ten appearances in the Premier League this season, United have two clean sheets. Maguire has a 75% tackle success, making 12 interceptions and 43 clearances – 29 headed.

One player that Maguire might come up against is Callum Wilson, Bournemouth’s in form striker. In ten appearances this season, Wilson has scored five goals in the Premier League. His shooting accuracy is 69%, not the greatest but still a threat for United as they continue to build on the confidence that they have set in the last four matches after the international break. Maguire and his teammates will need to be on guard.

Key Battle Two: Scott McTominay versus Philip Billing

The 22-year-old midfielder has been in great form this season and has recently been named as the clubs Player of the Month for October. McTominay has scored two goals this season, his latest against Norwich City last weekend. McTominay has earned his place in the heart of United’s midfield this season. He has 16 shots on goal, four of those on target, has created two big chances and averages 51 passes per match.

Bournemouth midfielder Philip Billing could pose some problems for McTominay. He is not a goalscorer but can cut put possession. McTominay will be tasked with carrying the ball from the midfield to the attacking players, an area that Billing will operate. He has a 57% tackle success, has made 26 interceptions and 24 clearances. He fouls often, making 13 this season having been booked four times already, on the cusp of suspension.

Key Battle Three: Anthony Martial versus Nathan Ake

The Frenchman has played just five times in the Premier League this season, returning against Liverpool about a fortnight ago. He has scored three Premier League goals, also having one assist so far this season. Martial has a 58% shooting accuracy, putting 12 shots on goal, seven of them on target. His recent return to form, and the fact he has scored twice in the last three matches suggests he’s ready to score more.

Former Chelsea academy graduate Nathan Ake could be tasked with aiming to silence Martial and his teammates, which could be a tough ask for him. This season, Ake has played ten times in the Premier League, has kept two clean sheets also scoring one goal. However, the Bournemouth defence has conceded 13 goals in the league, with Ake recovering the ball 42 times, making three blocks, 18 interceptions and 42 clearances.

How Manchester United could look in 4-2-3-1 formation against Bournemouth; Martial, Rashford and James in attack, McTominay in midfield

Manchester United will face another away day having to travel to the South Coast to face Bournemouth on Saturday with the match kicking off at 12:30 GMT. United have won their last three away matches, beating Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in the UEFA Europa League, then beating Norwich City 3-1 in the Premier League last Sunday, finishing by beating Chelsea 2-1 in the Carabao Cup in Wednesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will he happy with the performances of his team, who did well against Liverpool just after the international break, which would have been a confidence builder. Looking ahead at the Bournemouth match, this is what I think the team will look like, taking into account the injuries the club currently has, also assuming that Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Marcus Rashford are all fit to start.

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper has been rested since the 3-1 victory over Norwich City last Sunday so should be ready to face Bournemouth with Sergio Romero stepping up for the 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, the clubs second victory over Frank Lampard’s side this season.

The 28-year-old has two clean sheets in the Premier League this season, making 10 appearances in the competition, also making 27 saves and making no errors which have led to goals being scored against him. After committing his future to the club, the speculation has disappeared and could be one of the reasons why his game has improved again.

Defenders: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Brandon Williams

Solskjaer has some worried in defence ahead of this match with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire both suffering from knocks against Chelsea during the week, although they are expected to be fit after having tests and coming through a minimal training session, which could see them being declared as ready for start once again for their club.

On the flanks, of late, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been on top form, despite some mocking from opposition supporters – mostly through jealousy. He really has hit the headlines since his £45 million move to United from Crystal Palace in the summer. At left-back, with the continued absence of Luke Shaw, 19-year-old Brandon Williams should be given the nod.

Midfield: Scott McTominay, Fred

Scott McTominay is a player in form at this moment in time. He has played 90 minutes in each of the last five matches, three of those in the Premier League. The 22-year-old has scored two goals in the league this season, one against Arsenal at the end of September, the other last weekend at Norwich. He should be a mainstay in this team.

Fred has risen through the ranks recently too, missing five of the 15 matches the club has played this season, completing 90 minutes on seven occasions, including against Chelsea earlier this week and against Norwich last weekend. Fred has grown in confidence and could be on the cusp of proving himself, which is a good sign.

Attacking Midfield: Daniel James, Andreas Pereira, Marcus Rashford

In the attacking midfield areas, at least whilst Solskjaer has been utilising a 4-2-3-1 formation, the likes of Daniel James and Marcus Rashford are imperative. Both have done a lot in recent matches, with the Welshman having a better impact than the £505,000 per week Chilean, Alexis Sanchez who is currently on loan at Inter Milan, although injured.

Rashford, ever since scoring for England from the left, has been in good form, showing what confidence does for a player. Andreas Pereira, who was rested against Chelsea during the week, despite playing 23 minutes towards the end of the match, should start ahead of Jesse Lingard, who has not been cutting it at all this season, in my opinion.

Striker: Anthony Martial

I am glad Anthony Martial is back from injury. In the opening three matches of the season, up until his injury in the defeat to Crystal Palace, he was putting in the performances expected of him and was scoring goals (two in three matches), which is what needed to happen. Also scoring twice in his last three appearances.

It is important to have a fully fit striker and despite shining on the left flank for United for a number of years, Martial has scored many more goals playing as the leading man on the pitch. Rashford does not come across as the lead striker in this team but when playing with Martial, there is no reason why they cannot switch positions during matches.

Substitutes: Sergio Romero; Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young; Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, James Garner; Mason Greenwood

Having talent on the bench is what can get United through matches, especially late in the game. Sergio Romero is the guarantee replacement goalkeeper behind De Gea, so his place on the bench is safe. In defence, right now with Axel Tuanzebe out of action, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young will take the defensive placed on the bench.

In midfield, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and James Garner will be the players to be given opportunities if needed, Mata for his experience, Lingard for his ability to play in different positions, whether on the wing, behind the striker or as a forward, despite not doing much. Mason Greenwood will be back in the running too.

Preview: Manchester United aiming to make it four wins on the road by beating Bournemouth; Solskjaer’s side gaining confidence again

Bournemouth -v- Manchester United

Premier League

Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

Saturday 2 November 2019, KO 12:30 GMT

Referee: Chris Kavanagh Assistants: Sian Massey-Ellis; Constantine Hatzidakis Fourth Official: David Webb

VAR: Mike Dean Assistant VAR: Stephen Child

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 on Saturday, 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.

Form: United have the better form winning the last three matches with Bournemouth winning once in their last six matches in all competitions.

Manchester United: WWWDLD

Chelsea 2-1 W, Norwich City 3-1 W, Partizan Belgrade 1-0 W, Liverpool 1-1 D, Newcastle United 1-0 L, AZ Alkmaar 0-0 D

Bournemouth: DDLDLW

Watford 0-0 D, Norwich City 0-0 D, Arsenal 1-0 L, West Ham United 2-2 D, Burton Albion 2-0 L, Southampton 3-1 W

Top Scorers: 18 goals scored for United this season, just 13 for Bournemouth. United have the upper hand having scored six goals in the last three matches, conceding twice.

Manchester United: After a period of poor form, United are starting to rise through the ranks again after scoring six goals in their last three matches. Bournemouth mat need to brace themselves.

Goals: 7 – Marcus Rashford, 4 – Anthony Martial, 3 – Daniel James, 2 – Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay

United’s season started well but soon took a decline. However, recently with injured players returning, things have started to improve. The last three matches, all on the road, have been victories for United with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool just before them. Things are starting to look up for United, who have risen to seventh in the Premier League.

Bournemouth: Unable to score in their last three matches, winless in the last five, Bournemouth may need to do the impossible to stop this United side whose confidence is growing.

Goals: 5 – Callum Wilson, 3 – Harry Wilson, 2 – Joshua King, 1 – Nathan Aké, Ryan Fraser, Chris Mepham

Bournemouth need to find a way forward to get out of the rut they are in. They have failed to score a single goal in their last three matches, drawing twice and losing once. They are, however, ninth in the Premier League table, having the same number of points as United, although their goal difference the three fewer than United.

Team News: Solskjaer rules Shaw, Tuanzebe and Matic out of Bournemouth match, Pogba already out and Rashford, Maguire and Lindelof face a battle to be ready; Brooks and Stanislas out for Bournemouth, Gosling likely to return.

Solskjaer has confirmed that Axel Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic have all been ruled out of the visit to Bournemouth on Saturday through injury and fitness issues. Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, and Marcus Rashford all picked up knocks against Chelsea on Wednesday evening with the trio needing treatment and light training, however, the manager is hopeful they will be fit to face Bournemouth.

Paul Pogba is likely to be out of action for at least another month, which is causing a lot of speculation leading up to the January transfer window and the fact that Pogba was adamant that he wanted a new challenge in the summer. Eric Bailly and Tim Fosu-Mensah will remain out of action for the foreseeable future with a New Year return likely for both players.

Eddie Howe could see Dan Gosling back for Bournemouth but both Junior Stanislas and David Brooks will remain unavailable for the visit of United on Saturday. It will be a big match for the South Coast side who have won just two of their last 11 Premier League home matches, drawing five times and losing four times. Bournemouth has also failed to score in their last three matches, something they will need to end to change their form.

Predicted Starting XI: Solskjaer has players missing but the usual suspects will drive United forward and aim to get another victory on the road, extending their seven match unbeaten record against Bournemouth.

Solskjaer has at least six players missing from this match so the squad will be similar to the one that faced Chelsea during the week, with some youth players bulking up the squad, giving the manager options. I think that Rashford, Maguire and Lindelof will all start in this match with Anthony Martial leading the line once again.

Match Prediction: United has a great record against Bournemouth, especially in the last seven matches in which United have won six times, drawing once.

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.

Bournemouth 0-3 Manchester United

Ratings: Paul Pogba rose to the occasion with another MOTM performance against Bournemouth in 4-1 victory

Manchester United beat Bournemouth 4-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday, the final match of 2018. It was the third victory in a row for Ole Gunnar Solakjaer, match the record set by Sir Matt Busby and Jose Mourinho, willing the first three matches at the club as manager. United’s level of confidence will be at an all-time high this season after three good performances and nine points on the board. Arsenal now have a team coming to get them…

It was Paul Pogba, the Man of the Match, who opened up the scoring in the fifth minute, double the lead in the 34th. Marcus Rashford struck in the 45th minute, Nathan Ake scoring a consolation in injury time. Romelu Lukaku, a 70th-minute substitute, scored United’s fourth goal just two minutes after replacing Rashford, who got another standing ovation. There was a bit of sourness in the game as Eric Bailly was sent off with ten minutes to play.

It was another good match for United and Pogba was ready and raring to go. His two goals showed his class and his hunger to achieve. Marcus Rashford was a contender for the MOTM, his play has been brilliant lately and he has really stood in well as the lead striker in Romelu Lukaku’s absence. Solskjaer will be impressed with his side’s victory and the confidence will be high for a visit to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United on Wednesday.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one had a relatively easy day at the Theatre of Dreams. Bournemouth never really threatened consistently, which led to him not having to make many saves. Was unfortunate not to keep a clean sheet. United's defence need a lot of improvement this season.

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18 Ashley Young

The England defender got forward a lot of the time and Bournemouth never really got the better of him in a defensive aspect. Booked late in the first half.

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2 Victor Lindelof

Played solidly alongside Bailly, before he was sent off, and afterwards with Jones. Got forward at times and played a passing game well for his club.

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3 Eric Bailly

Sent off with ten minutes remaining. Rusty performance. Could have given Bournemouth a penalty with a high boot also. Not his best performance for United.

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23 Luke Shaw

Had the freedom to get forward and used that throughout the game. He seems to play a lot better on the left when Martial is ahead of him. He did the same with Memphis Depay a few years back.

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21 Ander Herrera

The balance he gave this United side was easy to see. The energy he utilises in the midfield role is something that would be missed if he was not there. Got an assist for Pogba's second goal.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Another good performance for the Serbian midfielder. He seems to be a different player since Mourinho was sacked. Was open to criticism a few weeks back, now seems to be lauded once again. A great player to have in the team.

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6 Paul Pogba

MOTM. The Frenchman has risen to the occasion since Mourinho parted ways with United. He had to pull out all of the stops though. His two goals were superb and he was unlucky not to score his first career hat-trick. Also got an assist in Lukaku's goal.

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14 Jesse Lingard

It was not the best performance for Lingard. Not a bad one, but not a good one. He has been a crucial cog in the team in the two games pervious to this one. Hopefully, he's back in the zone away to Newcastle, if he plays.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Put himself on the line for his team. Got a goal and an assist for his troubles. He will give Lukaku a run to lead the line for United. However, if both find form, there is no reason why two strikers could not lead the line. However, that would be one for the manager to sort out the specifics of.

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9 Anthony Martial

Glad to have him back in the starting XI. When he's on form, United tend to be on form too. He might not have got a goal, but his assist was a great creation, showing the beautiful attacking football and flair this United side are capable of.

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Substitutes

Romelu Lukaku

Replaced Rashford 70'. His firs appearance under Solskjaer. Got a goal two minutes after replacing Rashford. He put in a good performance, considering his previous poor form and the fact he missed the last two matches. Good to see hims back in the team and on the score sheet.

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Andreas Pereira

Replaced Herrera 76'. Turns 23 on Tuesday. Got 14 minutes under his belt. He did not stand out for me. He would need more minutes to do that. Might get more on Wednesday against Newcastle, or against Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday.

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4 Phil Jones

Replaced Martial 81'. Came on to add to the defensive numbers after Bailly's red card. Did not really have to do much.

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Goals: Paul Pogba 5′, 34′, Marcus Rashford 45′, Romelu Lukaku 72′; Nathan Ake 45+2′

Assists: Marcus Rashford 5′, Ander Herrera 34′, Anthony Martial 45′, Paul Pogba 72′; David Brooks 45+2′

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw; Herrera (Pereira 76′), Matic, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford (Lukaku 70′), Martial (Jones 81′)

Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Darmian; Mata, Fellaini

Bookings: Ashley Young 36′, Ander Herrera 51′, Eric Bailly s/o 79′

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