Man Utd vs Bournemouth (Premier League): Man of the Match

Although Manchester United had been unbeaten in their last 15 matches in all competitions, the best current run among all Premier League sides, and had kept five clean sheets in their previous six Premier League home games, and had moreover won seven of their eight home games against Bournemouth in all competitions, relegation-threatened Bournemouth needed the points badly and was looking to complete their first Premier League double over Manchester United following their 1-0 win at home back in November.
United began with the same eleven for the third league match in a row, but the game started poorly for United, the Reds seeming to struggle to find their rhythm, and going behind, with De Gea beaten at the near post. Junior Stanislas’ opener was the first time Manchester United conceded in 500 minutes of play in all competitions at Old Trafford. However, United scored three times before half time and added two more before the end. We were all begging for the sixth, but it was not to be. Rashford’s goal was disallowed for offside after a VAR Review, although he seemed to be in line. Even the Cherries had two goals disallowed for offside. It was the Bournemouth keeper that prevented United going into double figures, with some splendid saves.
My Man of the Match once again has to be Mason Greenwood. Two excellent goals, and a great overall performance, even defending strongly when necessary.
Leicester City lost in midweek but made up for it this time round, thus keeping United three points below them, United finally now in fourth place. The United faithful will certainly feel that the side is capable of a top-four finish for only the third time in seven seasons, although a fifth-placed standing may prove to be enough for a Champions League berth should Manchester City’s European ban be upheld. Chelsea has finally been leapfrogged but play tonight, at home to Watford.

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