United v Bournemouth: 3 Memorable Games

United head into this weekend’s Premier League fixture away at Bournemouth with much renewed confidence after securing….

1 November 2019

United head into this weekend’s Premier League fixture away at Bournemouth with much renewed confidence after securing victories against Partizan Belgrade, Norwich City and Chelsea in the last three games. United’s record against Bournemouth is quite good having won six of the last seven matches against Eddie Howe’s team. Ahead of the match, we take a look at three memorable games we have had against the Cherries.

Manchester United 4-1 Bournemouth (Premier League), 30th December 2018

It was only Ole’s third game in charge as we faced Bournemouth after securing victories against Cardiff City and Huddersfield in the previous two league games. It was Pogba and Rashford who led the charge against the Cherries. It was Rashford’s sublime skills on the right that left Ake and Rico bamboozled as he swung a low cross in to be met by the right foot of Paul Pogba to give United the lead.

The second goal was not far behind as Pogba went onto to score his second of the match as he powered the ball beyond the Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after arriving to meet Ander Herrera’s cross into the six yard box. Rashford got himself on the score sheet before the half time whistle was blown as he scored from Martial’s cross. Though Nathan Ake did score just a minute later for Bournemouth, United were in control of the match.

Second half, United maintain their control and added a fourth goal through Romelu Lukaku, who scored with his weaker right foot. Though, a late red card for defender Eric Bailly reduced United down to ten men, we went on to secure the victory. United would go unbeaten for another 11 games in the league during Ole’s reign as caretaker manager.

Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United (Premier League), 3rd November 2018

Pressure had been mounting on then United manager Jose Mourinho, who had said after this game he was the “luckiest manager in the Premier League“. United were all over the place especially defensively in the first half as they conceded an early goal from Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and could have easily been 3-0 down in the first ten minutes.

United then equalised when Ashley Young got down the right side of the opposition half, playing the ball into Alexis Sanchez who then cut it back for Anthony Martial to put the ball into the net. Into the second half, United could have took the lead only for Ashley Young’s free kick to hit the crossbar followed by a scramble in the box as Rashford’s shot was blocked by Ake, then David Brooks clearing Paul Pogba’s effort on goal.

With time running out, United were on the attack looking to get the winner but it did not seem to be forthcoming. Two minutes into injury time, Paul Pogba got down the left hand side and execute a cross into the box for Rashford to chest it down and hit the ball into the net sending the United fans who travelled down to the south coast into raptures.

Mourinho told BBC Sport after the game,”top teams don’t start as bad” and that the first-half performance was “chaotic“. “I’m upset with that. The second half was much better. We created lots of chances and deserved to score before the 92nd minute.

Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United (Premier League), 14th August 2016

The reign of Jose Mourinho as manager of Manchester United began with a victory on the opening day of the 2016-17 season at Bournemouth and also saw Zlatan Ibrahimovic announce his arrival in the Premier League by getting on the score sheet.

United had a slow start to the game and did not have a shot on target until the twenty seventh minute when Wayne Rooney’s shot was saved by Bournemouth’s goalkeeper Artur Boruc. Juan Mata opened the scoring on the fortieth minute after his initial shot was blocked by Boruc only for the ball to hit off Simon Francis and then be put into the open goal by Mata.

Wayne Rooney gave us a 2-0 lead when Martial miss-hit the ball in the opposition box and he headed the ball into the net. Ibrahimovic then stepped up to drill the ball from outside the box into the goal to make it three for United. This goal also meant that Ibrahimovic had kept up his record of scoring on his debut for his clubs having scored in England, Italy, Spain and France, and in the Champions League.

Though Bournemouth did pull one goal back, United secured the victory and all three points.

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