Bournemouth v Man Utd: Solitary Goal by Josh King Halts United Run

1. Losing at Bournemouth is not the biggest shock of the century. Anyone can lose points against the Cherries but the way this game started, it had another United win written all over it.  We seemed comfortable on the ball and creating openings in those first twenty minutes.  And even in the last twenty, we dominated the game, hit the post from Greenwood and had plenty of other chances.  Hence, to end the match without anything to show for our efforts is a kick in the teeth.  The reason for that is that we’re not clinical enough with taking the chances created.  I don’t agree with those who claim that we don’t create enough chances.  Generally we create enough chances to win any match.  A team does not need fifteen chances to score one or two. Our strikers need to start burying them.  ASAP

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2. Fred had another good match today I felt. He never stopped running all over the pitch and tackling in midfield, while his passing was generally good.  He found also the time to take a couple of shots at goal, although that is an area where he needs to improve badly.  Fred provides balance to the team since he is one of the few United players that is left footed.  Only him, Rojo and Greenwood from the 18-man squad today are naturally left-footed.  The team needs some balance in this respect. Chilwell and Haaland anyone?

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3. I paid specific attention to Lindelof during today’s match, as I haven’t been convinced by his performances of late. Once again, his performance against Bournemouth was really poor.  His heading is poor but we knew that, which is not okay for a central defender.  His positional play today was also poor and I feel that most of the times he gets bullied by opposing strikers.  His passing is time and again not accurate enough.  Maybe it’s a bad patch that he’s passing through but I cannot wait for Tuanzebe to get a run in the team alongside Maguire.  It’s about time.

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