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Rashford’s injury-time winner the difference for United

Pin Rashford celebrates scoring the winner. AFP
Rashford celebrates scoring the winner. AFP

Rashford’s injury-time winner the difference for United

Elliot Turnbull by Elliot Turnbull @rfutbol - 0 7,799

Marcus Rashford scored an injury-time winner to secure all three points in a brilliant encounter at Dean Court. Despite a poor first-half, goals from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford were enough to give Jose Mourinho’s all three points and break Bournemouth hearts after a dogged display.

The game burst into life in the opening five minutes as Ryan Fraser forcing a smart save from De Gea. A clever ball from Callum Wilson caught Chris Smalling out, leaving the Scottish winger one and one with David de Gea. Fraser only managed to drill the ball into De Gea’s feet, who did well to come out and close down the angle. A sign of things to come. 

Eddie Howe’s men were hoping to beat Manchester United for only the third time in their history, and they came even closer five minutes later. Junior Stanislas inexplicitly missed the target from close range after brilliant play by cook. He set the ball up on a tee for the former West Ham player, however he only managed to drag his effort wide.

A goal was coming, and it arrived after eleven minutes. Manchester United's defence failed to clear a corner, the ball was with Junior Stanislas on the left hand side who perfectly finds Wilson who finished first time with a composed finish. This marked Wilson’s 50th goal for ‘The Cherries’ and also the 18th which Manchester United have conceded in the Premier League, it is easy to see what Mourinho needs to correct.

Manchester United were poor throughout the first half, with their best chance falling to new recruit Fred. The Brazilian miscued his effort from 10 yards out and wasted a really good opportunity. The 25-year-old was far too casual, however it was a good block from Nathan Ake. Bournemouth had kept a clean sheet in each of their last three games prior to United’s visit – they had never done so in four Premier League matches. That record continues.

Manchester United equalised ten minutes before the break against the run of play.

The move started with United's captain, Ashley Young, who started a swift counter-attack for Mourinho's men. Young moved the ball across to Sanchez out wide on the right wing for Manchester United, who cut in on to his stronger right foot. The former Arsenal winger found Martial brilliantly, who timed his run perfectly as he found the net with a classy first time finish. Martial's strike was his 5th goal in his last 4 Premier League appearances. It helped get Manchester United out of danger after a really poor first half in Bournemouth.

The goal rejuvenated Mourinho’s side, as Bournemouth failed to make the most of good chances. The hosts squandered four good chances before half-time, and continued to do so int he second 45 minutes.

De Gea does had to be at his best to save a backheeled flicked effort from Brooks after a pinpoint cross from Callum Wilson. De Gea dropped on the ball and did well to stop it squirming underneath him.

Jose Mourinho’s men grew well in to the second half and were left questioning how they were not in the lead after a dominant twenty minute spell. Asmir Begovic was on fine form and has to be alert and come out from his line to snuff out danger, and then make a brilliant stop a minute later. The former Chelsea player did well to stand up and smartly block Luke Shaw’s effort after he had played a good one-two with Martial.

Ten minutes later Bournemouth were hanging on with their dear lives. Ashley Young’s excellently struck free kick cannoned off the Bournemouth crossbar, however fell perfectly for Rashford. His effort was brilliantly blocked by the chest of Nathan Ake, however that was not the end of the danger. The resulting block fell for Paul Pogba, however Jordan Brooks incredibly cleared the ball off the line. Bournemouth’s resilient defending summed up their attitude throughout the game, you could not fault one of their players’ workrate.

After countless blocks and defending, Bournemouth’s dreams of a point were crushed by Marcus Rashford. Rashford, who celebrated his 21st birthday this week, scored only his second goal of the season. After sustained pressure, Bournemouth failed to properly clear their lines with the ball eventually falling for Rashford, who made no mistake drilling the ball in to Begovic’s bottom left hand corner. He was booked for his celebration getting lost in the pandemonium with the travelling Manchester United contingent, however he will not care.

Despite their poor start, Manchester United did well to come back in to the game and overturn the deficit. Bournemouth will feel slightly aggrieved for coming away without a point, however they only have themselves to blame after squandering good chances.

Elliot Turnbull

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