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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.

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

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