Bournemouth vs Manchester United Match Analysis and Player Ratings

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After a string of impressive and positive performances, Manchester United travelled down to the South to face a toothless Bournemouth side who hadn't scored in three games. Of course United conceded and then failed to make their chances count as they sunk to a 1-0 defeat and left them back in the mid-table mire at tenth.

United kept an unchanged lineup from the side that cruised against Norwich and Bournemouth swapped Harry Wilson in for Groeneveld. 

De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young (c), McTominay, Fred, James, Pereira, Rashford, Martial

Ramsdale, Smith, Cook (c), Ake, Rico, Wilson, Lerma, Billing, Fraser, King, Wilson

It was a weird first half of football in which Manchester United easily could have scored three goals in the first ten minutes but it seems the awful weather conditions played their part as well as the lack of class in the final third that is normally provided by Martial and the absent Paul Pogba. Bournemouth allowed United this brief period and got into the game until finally they scored. A good cross found Josh King in the box and he was behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka who closely marked King in an attempt to stop the Norwegian but he flicked the ball over his head and volleyed it past De Gea. United came out for the second half and until the 80th minute, looked without purpose. A few flareups gave the game interest but nothing special happened for the most of the second half. With ten minutes to go, the game changed and Bournemouth were under siege from clinical attacking play that, while was better than the rest of the game, failed to hit the back of the net with Greenwood hitting the woodwork and McTominay and Pereira coming close too. Overall a very poor performance but a chance to bounce back at home to Partizan before another home game to Brighton when, after the international break, the rest of the squad should hopefully return from injury and United can go again. 

David de Gea: 7/10
Denied Bournemouth a fair few times and kept United in the game. Did well with kicks despite the blustery first half and commanding as always. Nothing he could do for the goal.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka 5/10
His worst and only bad performance in a United shirt. While he did track back well and make a fair few crunching tackles as always, he was at fault for the goal and failed to make any impact going forward. Makes sense why Ole subbed him off but expect him to shrug this bad game off.

Victor Lindelof 6.5/10
I'm not sure why he was criticised for this game, he was a lot stronger and physical at the back and pushed the team forward with some runs into midfield and his forward passes. 

Harry Maguire 7/10
Good going forward. Penalised a bit harshly for fouls in the box but overall solid and composed. 

Ashley Young 6/10
Not sure about Young, he seemed ok defensively and got upfield at times but offered nothing special. Luke Shaw or Brandon Williams will be replacing him soon. 

Scott McTominay 6.5/10
A few driving runs and decent efforts on goal but an average performance from McTominay.

Fred 6.5/10
Also average. Played more forward balls but does not have the creativity Pogba has. He is not the solution but is a better ball-winning midfielder and could play deeper with the return of the Frenchman.

Andreas Pereira 5/10
I thought Pereira taking corners would help United from set pieces but he was shocking on Saturday. Missed his kick early on and never recovered. 

Daniel James 7/10
Lively but no final ball. Showing his class but does need players in the box for crosses or he can't make them...simple, you'd think.

Marcus Rashford 6/10
Some good touches and dribbles but no final ball either. Looked confident which is important for a young forward but needed to be closer to Martial in the second half. Did not quite click.

Anthony Martial 5/10
Pretty absent. Could have won a penalty but I wasn't too sure about it. There was contact but was it enough? If it was a Liverpool player then easily so...

Jesse Lingard 5/10
Did get things going but offered very little. It seems even as an impact player he is failing.

Mason Greenwood 6/10
Unlucky or a bad miss? He missed from a few yards out but other than that did not affect the game.

Brandon Williams 6.5/10
The liveliest of the subs, came on and looked hungry for the win. He is more and more impressive with each performace but is still a way from being a regular starter as of now. 


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