Manchester United secured a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth at Old Trafford, putting them on par with Newcastle in the Premier League standings. The game saw Casemiro score from a Christian Eriksen free-kick in the first half, and Luke Shaw double United’s lead early in the second half with a well-executed team goal. Shaw also set up Marcus Rashford for the third goal.
Ten Hag made some changes to the lineup, including starting Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford and giving Donny van de Beek his first Premier League home start in 19 months, although van de Beek was forced to leave the game due to injury in the first half. Despite the changes, United’s momentum was not disrupted and they earned a deserved victory, their sixth consecutive win in all competitions. Bournemouth remains just above the relegation zone with two points.
Manchester United vs Bournemouth Match Highlights
Ten Hag adjusted his strategy for this game, starting Bruno Fernandes on the right wing in place of the injured Antony, but United generally maintained a sense of cohesion.
This can be attributed in part to the solid presence of Casemiro in midfield. In the first half, he shone as a standout player on the field, impressing with his passing range and ability to disrupt play. He also contributed to the scoring, expertly volleying in Eriksen’s cross from the left.
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Shaw, another key player for United this season, played a role in the next two goals. Normally a center-back, Shaw excelled in his preferred position of full-back, fearlessly attacking the Bournemouth defense and setting up Fernandes, who in turn assisted Garnacho on a cross that Shaw finished with his weaker right foot.
Shaw’s confidence was further demonstrated in his lofted pass behind the Bournemouth defense that found Fernandes, whose unselfish pass allowed Rashford to score in the middle of the box for his fourth consecutive match. Despite improving after falling behind by two goals, Bournemouth was unable to turn things around and suffered their seventh defeat in eight games, with De Gea making several key saves and Dembele’s cross hitting the bar in added time.
Hope for Man United
There is a sense of optimism surrounding Manchester United’s future due to their current dynamic play, exemplified by Garnacho’s close call of scoring late in the game when his shot hit the post. The enthusiasm that greeted Lisandro Martinez when he was brought on the field reflects the positive atmosphere at Old Trafford.
The team’s momentum and the impressive form of players such as Casemiro and Shaw have helped reduce the gap between United and Arsenal, the league leaders, to nine points. It is likely that United will continue to make progress with these players performing well.