Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United: Three Things We Learned

Tanya Simon
November 8, 2018

In midfield, there are two more absentees, with the game against Bournemouth coming too soon for Marouane Fellaini and Scott McTominay.

The Red Devils are now trailing league leaders Manchester City by seven points after recording poor strings of results at the start of the campaign.

After a nervy win over Everton last weekend, Manchester United came up with yet another last-gasp victory over Bournemouth this afternoon.

"I think by the end of December, which is the end of the first half of the Premier League, I think we are not going to be in the position we are now".

Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez have both started through the middle in Lukaku's absence, and the Red Devils have looked more fluid in the final third of the field.

Jose Mourinho said Manchester United's continual slow starts are whitening his hair after Marcus Rashford scored a late victor at Bournemouth. The bone of contention remains the focal point of the Manchester United attack, a responsibility which should be bestowed on Marcus Rashford once again, with Romelu Lukaku struggling to perform at his best.

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United have kept just one clean sheet in the Premier League this season and their leaky defence was regularly exposed by Bournemouth. My staff said the warm-up was the best we've had. We passed the ball well and there was really good intensity to our play.

Epitomised by his block in front of Marcus Rashford in the second half, the Dutch global stuck to his task well all afternoon, and couldn't quite intercept Pogba's cross to Rashford for the decisive goal of the game.

Jose Mourinho will look to close down the unsafe Bournemouth attack. Things need to be set-up off you. I felt we needed him to give more balance and to recover the ball faster.

Manchester United Chris Smalling has said he and his teammates were "in awe" of Juventus in their recent Champions League clash, and has challenged the players to put things right in their return meeting.

Manchester United travelled to Bournemouth on Saturday knowing that a defeat would have left them six points behind their overperforming hosts.

According to the club's official website, Ander said: "It's like I was saying in some interview before".

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