By Andy Hyslop
- Varela and Borthwick-Jackson made first Premier League starts
- Injury forced Lingard off mid-way through the first-half
- Ex-United player Joshua King scores winning goal for Bournemouth
Manchester United and Louis Van Gaal’s miserable week continued as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth. Ending a perfect week for Eddie Howe and his after they beat Chelsea last week.
The build-up to the game had been dominated by United’s exit from the Champions League on Tuesday and the injuries suffered in that game to Smalling and Darmian to further deplete Van Gaal’s squad.
United started this game with a back four of Varela, McNair, Blind and Borthwick-Jackson. Varela and Borthwick-Jackson were both making only their third appearances in the first-team.
Bournemouth took the lead after two minutes when Junior Stanislas whipped in corner was caught in the wind and beat the outstretched hand De Gea and went in off the far post.
United could have level immediately if hadn’t have been for the presence of Bournemouth keeper Boruc, as he first denied Fellaini then a header from McNair.
Fellaini got United level after 24 minutes, when Carrick’s diagonal ball was chested by on-running Memphis whose effort was blocked by Boruc. The ball then fell to the Belgium who finally poked the ball home whilst on his knees.
The changing point of this game came with the withdrawal of Lingard through injury. With the trio of Memphis, Martial and Lingard, United were offering a threat to the Bournemouth defence all the way across the frontline.
Lingard was replaced by Pereira, who failed to have any impact on the game. This enabled the Bournemouth defence to marshal Memphis and Martial better with the threat only really coming from one side.
Bournemouth again started the second-half the better and went back in front from a corner. Ritchie caught out the United defence with a low ball into the box and King lost his marker to hit home against his former side.
Again United could have levelled straightaway when Fellaini saw his effort saved by Boruc and another effort blocked by a defender from the resulting corner.
As United went in search of equaliser, Fellaini who had scored United’s goal and had their best attempts in the game was withdrawn in favour of Powell.
It was Bournemouth who would have the better chances to add to the score through substitute Glenn Murray as he wasted two glorious chances.
It was the worst possible end to a miserable week for United and Van Gaal. Two defeats in a week that have seen them knocked out of the Champions League and drop three points behind rivals Manchester City.
Lets focus on Bournemouth for a minute. They didn’t just win this game because United weren’t at there best. Bournemouth have beat Chelsea and United in just over a week.
Bournemouth will be a difficult opponent for any team especially at home with their crowd behind them. They never stop running and are always in your face. There certainly not just gonna lie down and return to the Championship.
Manchester United: De Gea, Varela, McNair (Jones 91), Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Fellaini (Powell 74), Lingard (Pereira 31), Mata, Memphis, Martial Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Tuanzebe, Young, Schneiderlin