Manchester United visited Bournemouth for the first premier league game of the season and it turned out a typical english encounter. United started with Ibrahimovic, Rooney, Martial and Mata in attacking roles and it took best part of first 45 minutes for United to break the deadlock. Bournemouth failed to clear a simple back pass which lead to a simple tap in for Juan Mata. The game was 1-0 at the break and United had still alot to do as far as three points security was concerned and Rooney’s second half strike secured the first win for Mourinho as United manager.
AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United Highlights
[ Premier League, 2016-17 ]
40′ 0 – 1 Juan Mata scored after a terrible mix up by Bournemouth defense to put United 1-0 up just before the break.
59′ 0 – 2 Wayne Rooney scored with a close range header after Martial scuffed shot found its way to Rooney.
64′ 0 – 3 Zlatan Ibrahimovic produced moment of magic with a long range low drive past Bournemouth keeper to make it 3-1.
69′ 1 – 3 Adam Smith’s goal momentarily created anxiety in United ranks but they saw off the challenge with rather ease in the end.
Match Highlights (English)
Jose Mourinho Post Match Interview:
Preview & Team News: Last time these two meet was back in May when Louis Van Gaal was still Manchester United manager. Rooney, Rashford and Young were on target in routine 3-0 win but alot has changed since than. Ibrahimovic is expected to start upfront while Martial, Rooney and Mkhtaryan to play in attacking roles.
Possible Staring Lineups: Manchester United will be without as many as 8 first team players for the Bournemouth trip. Bastian Schweinsteiger is suspended while Mateo Darmian and Chris Smalling also suffered injuries against Wolfsburg. United are also likely to be without Wayne Rooney for yet another game leaving only Martial as out and out striker. Which means United are likely to field couple of youngsters against Bournemouth.
Bournemouth on the other hand also have their injury worries with Distin, Federici and Lee Tomlin doubtful for United clash. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on saturday evening.
Predictions: This should be a stroll in the park for United if van gaal keeps Martial, Rashford and Rooney in the starting lineup. Bournemouth had a superb first season in premier league but since they are safe from drop I can’t see them putting on their lives on the line at Old Trafford. United will be looking to take the lead as early as possible to put pressure on City who are playing Swansea away. I am going with 3-1 win for United.
Manchester United took on AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League action this saturday evening and it turned out another horror show for United at Vitality Stadium. Bournemouth took the lead in just second minute of the game through Junior Stanislas but United hit back in 24th minute when Marouane Fellaini scored to make it 1-1.
Joshua King’s strike early in second half put home side 2-1 up and stadium was buzzing as United head to another defeat. Now this is full blown crisis with United failing to win in 5th consecutive game in all competitions.
Manchester United are currently playing so bad that even once invincible David Da Gea is also making mistakes. He should have done better at the opening goal where he failed to judge the flight of the ball as ball sneaked in at the top corner from a corner kick.
Marouane Fellaini was the only real but constant threat for United throughout the game and he scored a scuffy goal on the rebound. But should have scored atleast one more from the chances he had in both halves.
Bournemouth 2-1 Manchester United Highlights
[ English Premier League 2015-16 ]
02′ 1 – 0 Junior Stanislas
24′ 1 – 1 Marouane Fellaini
54′ 2 – 1 Joshua King