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April 19, 2018

United put Baggie blues behind them on the coast

by Darren Hassennally

Yesterday night Manchester United returned to winning ways after claiming a 2-0 victory away at 11th placed Bournemouth.

The Old Trafford based club suffered a shock defeat last Sunday as they lost 1-0 at home to basement club West Brom, coming only one game after they produced a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in an epic Manchester derby at the Etihad.

The Cherries made a comfortable start against United with the movement and pace of Jordon Ibe, Ryan Fraser, Josh King and Callum Wilson offering warning signs for the visitors.

Likewise for United, their completely changed front three from the weekends game of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard gave the Bournemouth back line issues with their lightning quick pace.

The trio came into the side as a result of seven changes by Jose Mourinho who had previously stated that players who had performed poorly against West Brom would be dropped for the all important FA cup semi final on Saturday against Tottenham.

Much has been said on the futures of Martial and Rashford with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January seeing their playing time limited as Mourinho favours him on the left flank, but both players took their opportunity to impress very well, putting in confident and positive performances.

United dominated the ball at the Vitality and made their possession count in the 28th minute as Jesse Lingard latched onto a perfectly weighted through ball from Ander Herrera and squared it across the face of goal for centre half Chris Smalling to tap home.

Bournemouth continued to have a go at United in the second half, but never really threatened United with any real clear cut chances before Paul Pogba, who had been under much scrutiny for his lacklustre display in the defeat by West Brom, had combined with substitute, Romelu Lukaku in the 70th minute to unleash a powerful dink into the top right hand corner of the net beyond Asmir Begovic and seal off a “professional win” according to Jose Mourinho.

Lukaku and Pogba

Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku celebrate United’s second of the night

The defeat for the south coast side sees them stay in 11th place, 10 points above the drop zone with three games to go whilst United extend their lead above third placed Liverpool to four points with four more fixtures remaining for Jose Mourinho’s men.

Up next for Bournemouth is a South Coast derby away at Southampton on the 28th April whilst United are next in action on Saturday for a big FA cup semi final against Tottenham.

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