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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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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 MOTM in Cherries victory as Smalling and Lukaku win the game for Manchester United

Manchester United beat Bournemouth 2-0 in the Premier League at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday evening. Chris Smalling, scoring his third goal in 2018, his fourth of the season struck in the 28th minute with substitute Romelu Lukaku scoring the second goal of the game in the 70th minute. It was not the best United performance, but it will do.

It was a much better performance by United, with seven changes from the defeat to West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday. Two decent goals were scored with Smalling scoring more than Alvero Morata in 2018 so far and Lukaku scoring his 27th goal of the season, beating last seasons tally for Everton. 201 goals have now been scored in the Jose Mourinho era.

The media will now be speculating who will be dropped ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham Hotspur based on the comments Mourinho gave ahead of this match. They have suggested that both Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba will be sold in the summer, something which may start to die a death, I doubt it too.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spanish number one was solid again, keeping his 17th clean sheet of the season for United, his 21st in total - the most he's had in a season at the club.

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Matteo Darmian

It was not the best performance for the Italy international who started his first match in months. Seemed to pass backwards and be out of position a lot of the time. Did defend with a great header, giving away a corner though.

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4 Phil Jones

The injury-prone defender was back to his best today, giving Smalling a run for his money with a performance close to his best.

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Chris Smalling

Scored the 200th goal in the Mourinho era, making it a hat-trick of goals in the last three Premier League away matches. Was defensively astute as the Englishman is starting to find some form and possibly a furutre at the club.

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23 Luke Shaw

Looked the part in places. Got forward the caused some mayhem, even tracked back when he lost the ball. Creative in attack and astute in his defending most of the time. Could have gave away a penalty but nothing was given.

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21 Ander Herrera

The Spaniard did a lot of work in place of Darmian, who was out of position a few times, which showed his hunger to keep his place in the team. Not a lot of creation in the game but he involved himself in plenty of tackling.

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27 Marouane Fellaini

The Belgian midfielder worked hard and stamped his authority on the game, Never going to he an Old Trafford hero, but was one of the reasons United dominated and won against Bournemouth.

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6 Paul Pogba

MOTM for me. Pogba was told to keep things simple ahead of the game and he did just that. Not really the creative drive going forward but he had his moments. Put in a great assist for Lukaku's 27th goal of the season.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Had another good game for United. It seems he could be the player Mourinho builds his team around. Set up Smalling's opener with his briliance in reading the game, pouncing on the ball and slotting it over to Smalling to find the back of the net. Made some great linkup play throughout the game.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Led the line before Lukaku came on tonight. He was not given much service, as is the case when Lukaku plays, but he got involved and seemed to show his ability, which may have impressed the manager ahread of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.

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9 Anthony Martial

The Frenchman could not be faulted for his performance against Bournemouth. He was a predator on the left flank, effectively running the show. On his day, he is unplayable, but inconsistency rings true with him.

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Substitutes

Romelu Lukaku

Replaced Lingard 63'. Scored his 27th goal of the season, beating last seasons tally for Everton with a fine finish. Held up play well andplayed a part in the victory.

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31 Nemanja Matic

Replaced Herrera 72'. Came on late in the game to add some freshness to the midfield. Did his job well although the job was done before he came on.

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17 Daley Blind

Replaced Pogba 80'. Came on the the final ten minutes after recovering from injury. Hsia nightmare with a miss kick but it caused no problems as he was on the attack. Good to see him back.

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Goals: Chris Smalling 28′, Romelu Lukaku 70′

Assists: Jesse Lingard 28′, Paul Pogba 70′

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Jones, Smalling, Shaw; Herrera (Matic 72′), Fellaini, Pogba (Blind 80′); Lingard (Lukaku 63′), Rashford, Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Pereira; Bailly, Young; Sanchez

Bookings: Chris Smalling 61′

Report: Smalling and Lukaku pop the Cherries in 2-0 Manchester United victory

Manchester United beat Bournemouth 2-0 in the Premier League at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday evening. Chris Smalling, scoring his third goal in 2018, his fourth of the season struck in the 28th minute with substitute Romelu Lukaku scoring the second goal of the game in the 70th minute. It was not the best United performance, but it will do.

Jose Mourinho’s side were seeking a return to winning ways after their 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. It was not the best of starts with Ander Herrera giving away a free-kick in the opening two minutes, which came to nothing for the home side. Anthony Martial, linking up well with Paul Pogba, had an early opportunity to open the scoring, Bournemouth standing firm.

United started to play well around the eighth minute of the match with Martial using the left flank to attack, cut into the box and try to create something and Pogba sending a lofted pass over the top to Marouane Fellaini, the Belgian midfielder being ruled offside. Bournemouth had a chance through Jordon Ibe in the 10th minute of the match, the former Liverpool forward was off target.

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United had been attacking for much of the past ten minutes of the game with Martial breaking through on the left a few times but Luke Shaw also showing his ability and pace on the left also, even tracking back to regain possession after losing it. The game started to lose momentum soon after with United passing backward, the game becoming dull.

Bournemouth had a chance to gain something from the match in what was the best expansive football shown by the home side this evening. The shot deflected off Phil Jones and went out for a corner, which came to nothing. Jones then made the clearance to deny Bournemouth from creating another chance, giving a throw-in.

United had a chance to open the scoring in the 27th minute of the match with Marcus Rashford though and taking the show on. Asmir Begovic made the save, giving United a corner, which was taken by Rashford. United looked to try and keep the threat alive with Jesse Lingard looking to create something, breaking through and setting Chris Smalling up for United’s 200th in the Mourinho era.

In the 33rd minute of the match, United could have doubled their lead by Lingard was unable to connect with Rashford’s ball from inside the box. United’s front three were working hard trying to get behind the Bournemouth defence to cause more problems for them. Not all that impressed with Matteo Darmian, playing poor football and seems to dawdle when out of position.

Bournemouth had a chance on the break with Josh King on the ball. After a scuffle outside United’s box, the advantage was played and King shot towards goal with David De Gea making the same and United then clearing the danger. It was a good chance for the former Manchester United Academy striker. A minute was added on at the end of the half. United led 1-0 at the break.

There were no changes at the start of the second half for either side. United continued their dominance in the final third, looking to attack from the very first minute of the second half. Lewis Cook was the first player to receive a booking in the match for fouling Lingard just inside Bournemouth’s half, giving away a free-kick.

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United, through Martial and Rashford, were looking much livelier on the ball and a threat on the attack. Rashford broke through in the 51st minute of the match, unable to play the pass in the box to create something for the Red Devils. Bournemouth had a chance through King in the 56th minute of the match which maybe should have been a penalty against Shaw for Callum Wilson.

Eddie Howe made his first change of the game bringing on Lys Mousset for Ibe. Smalling was booked for a tussle in which Wilson seemed to be the aggressor. Steve Cook was then booked for Bournemouth after a tackle from behind on Pogba, who was on the attack with the ball. Mourinho made his first change in the 63rd minute with Romelu Lukaku replacing Lingard.

United won a free-kick at the edge of the box after Pogba was fouled in the 66th minute. Lukaku took the kick, hitting the Bournemouth wall, which did the job on that set-piece. Andrew Surman was booked in the 68th minute of the match for a late foul on Herrera, which was without malice. In the 70th minute, Lukaku scored his 27th goal of the season, putting United 2-0 up.

The goal was created by Pogba, who had the ball in midfield and was running into the final third. He poked the ball towards the Belgian, who from an angle, doubled United’s lead. Just after the goal, Mourinho made his second substitution with Nemanja Matic replacing Herrera in the 72nd minute. Howe made his second change with Dan Gosling replacing Surman in the 75th minute.

Mourinho made his third substitution in the 80th minute of the match with Daley Blind replacing Pogba. United, despite the 2-0 advantage were still pressing the Cherries late in the game. Blind was playing in on goal by Martial, fluffing his lines with a miss kick. Bournemouth then broke forward and Matteo Darmian headed the ball out for a corner, defending well for his side.

In the 89th minute of the game, Martial, on the left set up Lukaku, who was in the box for a certain third goal of the game but the ball was too high for the Belgian to get anything on it to pressure the Cherries. There were four minutes of added time at the end of the second half. United won 2-0, heading into the FA Cup semi-final against Spurs on Sunday with more confidence.

Goals: Chris Smalling 28′, Romelu Lukaku 70′

Assists: Jesse Lingard 28′, Paul Pogba 70′

Manchester United: De Gea; Darmian, Jones, Smalling, Shaw; Herrera (Matic 72′), Fellaini, Pogba (Blind 80′); Lingard (Lukaku 63′), Rashford, Martial

Substitutes Not Used: Pereira; Bailly, Young; Sanchez

Bookings: Chris Smalling 61′

Confirmed Starting XI: Lingard, Rashford & Martial lead the line; Darmian, Jones, Shaw & Fellaini return

Manchester United travel to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday evening. On Sunday, United were beaten by West Bromwich Albion, the bottom side in the Premier League whilst Bournemouth were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool on Saturday – both will be seeking a return to winning ways this week.

United need to win this match as it will be the one which puts them level on games played (34) with Liverpool and they really need to turn that one-point lead into a four-point lead as Liverpool will be back in action this weekend.

United playing in the Emirates FA Cup against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, with the Merseyside club in Premier League action which could see them move into second place.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Darmian, Jones, Smalling, Shaw;

Herrera, Fellaini, Pogba;

Lingard, Rashford, Martial

Substitutes:

Pereira; Bailly, Blind, Young; Matic; Sanchez, Lukaku

Manchester United and Bournemouth have played a total of 13 times competitively during the history of both clubs. The first match was played on the 8th January 1949 – a 6-0 victory for United in the third round of the FA Cup that season.

United have won eight of the encounters, drawn three times and lost twice. The last defeat to Bournemouth came on the 12th December 2015 – a 2-1 defeat at the Vitality Stadium with goals from Junior Stanislas and Josh King earning the South Coast side three points, Marouane Fellaini scoring a consolation goal for the Red Devils.

United have had two four-match unbeaten runs; the first resulting in three victories and one draw – lasting some 33 years. During that run, United scored 12 goals, conceded three and kept two clean sheets. The second four-match unbeaten run resulted in three victories and one draw.

This was more recent, starting with the 3-1 Premier League victory on the 17th May 2016 and includes the 1-0 victory at Old Trafford earlier this season. United have scored eight goals, conceding three and keeping one clean sheet. This run could be extended on Wednesday evening.

Manchester United need to find their feet in an attacking sense; the 4-3-3 does that but only when the players care to perform

Manchester United head back into Premier League action on Wednesday evening against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. United will travel to the South Coast after a 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday, which saw Manchester City being crowned as the Premier League champions. The media state that United handed City the title like it was their job to prevent that happening despite the 16-point lead at the top of the table ahead of Sunday’s defeat. It was Chelsea who surrendered the title, not United.

United will be seeking a return to winning ways as they sit a point ahead of third-placed Liverpool with a game in hand. Beating Bournemouth will mean United will open up a four-point lead over the Merseyside club, who play in the league this weekend whilst United will face Tottenham Hotspur in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. Jose Mourinho was less than impressed with his side’s defeat at the Theatre of Dreams and it has, yet again, seen an overreaction from the clubs so-called supporters with some again suggesting the manager should be sacked, because they say so!

Speaking about the defeat and the fact that United lost three points which could have helped them secure their place as runners-up in the Premier League this season, after finishing sixth last season, Mourinho said:

“We lost three points that could give us great stability for the second position. We still have the fourth position to fight for because Chelsea won yesterday [Saturday] and we lost, so we still have to fight for the top four.”

Mentioning the Manchester City victory a week earlier and the fact he felt his side’s confidence was a lot higher than it should have been, Mourinho said:

“[It was] too high [confidence among the players] because, when you win a match that gives you nothing, just gives you three points but you react in a way that it looks like you won something really important you pay the price.”

Starting XI Formation and Prediction: 4-3-3 again could be the key to Manchester United attacking, but only if the players pull their fingers out!

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Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spanish number one made a few decent saves on Sunday, unable to stop Jay Rodriguez from scoring the only goal of the match in the defeat to the baggies. De Gea has made 106 saves this season, fourth of all the goalkeepers in the league with Stoke City’s Jack Butland top with 122 saves. De Gea has kept 16 clean sheets and will be seeking another to give him more daylight ahead of the run-in with him looking to win the Golden Glove for the first time in his career.

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Back Four: Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young

United have the second-best defence in the Premier League this season, conceding 26 goals, one more than champions Manchester City. United’s defence as good enough for now but will need some attention in the summer, especially in the fullback roles, which may not mean the club buy new players for those positions. Right now, Valencia and Young are the best players in this role. Bailly was rested ahead of a big week for United on Sunday and could be back in contention against Bournemouth. He could partner Smalling, although Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, and Daley Blind are fit.

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Midfield Three: Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba

Mourinho started a three-man midfield at Old Trafford on Sunday and despite not actually scoring, it was working and only substitutions of midfield players for attacking players upset the apple cart. United needed to continue to press the Baggies as they were defensively astute and Ben Foster has a ‘De Gea moment’ on occasion. Playing the trio of Herrera, Matic, and Pogba again, if Mourinho feels the trio can play again, so soon after a match, and still be in contention for Spurs, they will play. If not, Marouane Fellaini, Scott McTominay, and Michael Carrick could feature.

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Forward Three: Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial

United have a great set of attacking players but recently, they have not been breaking down teams as we all know they should be doing. At the start of the season, it was assumed, after scoring ten goals in the opening three Premier League matches, that this would be a season of development from also-rans to title contenders. Whilst United are currently second, they have not been title contenders since November. Rashford and Martial both played against the Baggies but could not avert the defeat, flanking Lukaku with the pair on Wednesday might reap rewards.

Preview: Bournemouth must be beaten as Manchester United look to bounce back from Baggies defeat

Bournemouth -v- Manchester United

Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth

Premier League 2017/18

Wednesday 18th April 2018; KO 19:45 BST

Live on BT Sport in the United Kingdom

Manchester United travel to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday evening. On Sunday, United were beaten by West Bromwich Albion, the bottom side in the Premier League whilst Bournemouth were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool on Saturday – both will be seeking a return to winning ways this week. United need to win this match as it will be the one which puts them level on games played (34) with Liverpool and they really need to turn that one-point lead into a four-point lead as Liverpool will be back in action this weekend with United playing in the Emirates FA Cup against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, with the Merseyside club in Premier League action which could see them move into second place.

No matter what some of the incessant moaning supporters say, United have improved this season. The style of play is not where improvement has been made but in terms of results, that has seen United in effect rise from sixth last season to second this season. Jose Mourinho’s side are two points better off at this stage than they were at the end of last season. They have drawn five times, which was 15 last season, losing six matches this season, five last season. That won’t be good enough though as Martial FC, Pogba FC and those cringeworthy Football Twitter accounts have no bragging rights. That is all this means to them in all honesty. What happened to fans who support the club win, lose, or draw?

Mourinho, speaking to the official Manchester United website about what the club must do in order to improve, said:

“I trust in my work, that is for sure. I have no reason not to trust. The last Premier League title that I won was not 20 years ago, it was three years ago and I know how to win. I believe in myself.”

Speaking specifically about what his side need to do in order to overcome Manchester City, Mourinho said:

“You don’t win titles with inconsistency. You win titles with quality, of course, and without quality you have no chance. But you also win titles with consistency. That is consistency at every level and not just the performance level, but day by day everything must be consistent from day one until the last day. So one of the things we have to improve is consistency.”

Form: Two defeats in the last six matches for both teams; Manchester United have won four whilst Bournemouth have won just once

Manchester United: LWWWLW – West Bromwich Albion 1-0 L, Manchester City 3-2 W, Swansea City 2-0 W, Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 W, Sevilla 2-1 L, Liverpool 2-1 W

Bournemouth: LDDWLD – Liverpool 3-0 L, Crystal Palace 2-2 D, Watford 2-2 D, West Bromwich Albion 2-1 W, Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 L, Leicester City 1-1 D

Top Scorers (all competitions): Manchester United have scored 94 goals in all competitions; Bournemouth have scored 50 goals in all competitions

Manchester United: 26 – Romelu Lukaku, 13 – Jesse Lingard, 12 – Marcus Rashford, 11 – Anthony Martial, 5 – Paul Pogba, 4 – Marouane Fellaini, 3 – Juan Mata, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, 2 – Own Goal, Nemanja Matic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young, 1 – Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Bournemouth: 8 – Callum Wilson, 7 – Joshua King, 5 – Ryan Fraser, Junior Stanislas, 4 – Jermain Defoe, 3 – Steve Cook, Dan Gosling, Lys Mousset, 2 – Nathan Aké, Jordon Ibe, Andrew Surman, 1 – Benik Afobe, Harry Arter, Charlie Daniels, Marc Pugh, Jack Simpson, Adam Smith

Previous Matches: Manchester United will be the favourites to win this fixture but Bournemouth have come up trumps before and could do so again…

Manchester United and Bournemouth have played a total of 13 times competitively during the history of both clubs. The first match was played on the 8th January 1949 – a 6-0 victory for United in the third round of the FA Cup that season. United have won eight of the encounters, drawn three times and lost twice. The last defeat to Bournemouth came on the 12th December 2015 – a 2-1 defeat at the Vitality Stadium with goals from Junior Stanislas and Josh King earning the South Coast side three points, Marouane Fellaini scoring a consolation goal for the Red Devils.

United have had two four-match unbeaten runs; the first resulting in three victories and one draw – lasting some 33 years. During that run, United scored 12 goals, conceded three and kept two clean sheets. The second four-match unbeaten run resulted in three victories and one draw. This was more recent, starting with the 3-1 Premier League victory on the 17th May 2016 and includes the 1-0 victory at Old Trafford earlier this season. United have scored eight goals, conceding three and keeping one clean sheet. This run could be extended on Wednesday evening.

Team News: Sergio Romero will remain on the sidelines for the Bournemouth match; Eric Bailly could be back in defence

Jose Mourinho rested Eric Bailly ahead of this busy week of football which would have seen United play three matches in seven days; two in the Premier League (West Bromwich Albion and Bournemouth) followed by an Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday evening. Ahead of Sunday’s defeat, Mourinho did confirm that all of the injured players were now back in training apart from Sergio Romero, who will be out for a few more weeks. Speaking about Bailly and the three matches in a week, Mourinho said:

“A decision again. Victor [Lindelof] played the match against Swansea at home and it was very suited to his qualities. Normally, we are going to have more of the ball and, normally, it’s when we need somebody from the back to add extra technical quality in the middle of the back [four].

“We have three matches in a week. Bournemouth in a few days [Wednesday night] then Spurs after a few days again. In that semi-final, they are having one day extra to us to recover so I need also to think about that.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has three players on the sidelines who will all be absent from this match; Tyrone Mings, Junior Stanislas, and Adam Smith. At the moment there are no other updates on the potential Bournemouth team, which may start to come out at some stage between now and Wednesday with no press conferences planned ahead of the game, for United anyway.

Predicted Starting XI: 4-3-3 again for Manchester United as they look to bounce back from defeat ahead of must-win FA Cup match this weekend

Predicted Score: A clean sheet for David De Gea and another victory on the road for Manchester United?

Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester United

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