Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side went into the game high on confidence following their win at Chelsea on Wednesday night, a result which has seen the club win their last three matches away from home in all competitions. With Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof passing late fitness tests, to make the Manchester United line-up. We were all hopeful that United would make it four wins out of four.
It was regrettably not to be. United are now down one place to 8th, behind even Bournemouth and Crystal Palace. United would have moved up to fifth in the Premier League with victory. In spite of having 60% possession, United in reality had only 4 shots on target. So once again we are missing that spark in front of goal.
United lost to a great goal but the defending was once again abject from United, even though opopponents Bournemouth had themselves failed to score in their previous three league matches. United have now failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 11 Premier League away games. Corners are also being wasted in every game. How dangerous were United today in the 10 corners awarded?
My United player of the match would be Fred. He is trying hard to ensure a permanent place for when Pogba returns. He was settled on the ball, and tried to force the game United’s way throughout the match but could not break Bournemouth down.
As James Drucker, Northern Football Correspondent observed, although we are just in early November, United have now lost to Palace, West Ham, Newcastle and now Bournemouth. United are depending on two very inexperienced teenagers. Even Lingard is without a PL goal or assist since last Christmas.
Next up, Manchester United welcome Partizan Belgrade to Old Trafford in the Europa League on Thursday night. Here’s hoping for better.
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