Man United suffer their second defeat in a week after losing away at lowly Bournemouth.
After their victory against Chelsea last week, Bournemouth were bullish about their chances against a misfiring Man United.
Their confidence showed as they came at United and took the lead in the 2nd minute after a Stanislav corner caught the wind and ended up dropping into top corner at the back post.
Man United reacted positively by playing plenty of forward passes and creating chances. In the 24th minute they were rewarded for their efforts when Fellaini brought the scores level. Michael Carrick played a long ball over the top after spotting Memphis making a run behind the Bournemouth defence. The United number 7 chested the ball down but couldn’t get much power in his shot. The shot was saved by Boruc and Fellaini reacted quickest to score from the rebound.
Bournemouth came out in the second half full of energy and fight and in the 54th minute took the lead again from another corner. This time it was a set piece straight off the training ground. The corner was hit hard across the ground toward the penalty spot and King ran out from the back post to hit the loose ball straight down the middle of the Man United goal, leaving David de Gea rooted to the ground.
The game was played at a high tempo throughout and both teams had great chances to score more goals.
Fellaini could have equalised for Man United in the 4th minute when he struck a volley in the box but it was straight at Boruc.
And Bournemouth could have went 2-0 up just before Man United equalised when Stanislas found himself one on one with de Gea, but the Bournemouth player couldn’t get his shot off before the United keeper came out and snatched the ball from Stanislas’ feet.
At 2-1 down, Man United had several more attempts on goal but, it was Bournemouth who had the better chances which fell to Murray. He had two shots in as many minutes from just six yards out with a gaping goal in front of him but he hit them both over the bar.
The game ended with a roar from the home fans as they celebrated beating Britain’s most successful football team a week after a victory against the current Premier League champions.
Man United on the other hand have now won only 2 of their last 7 Premier League games and appear to be heading down a slippery slope.
The loss means they remain fourth in the table with Arsenal and Leicester still to play with a chance to pull away.
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Bournemouth Team Sheet
08 Arter (O’Kane – 86′)
17 King (Murray – 65′)
Man United Team Sheet
01 de Gea
33 McNair (Jones – 91′)
27 Fellaini (Powell – 74′)
35 Lingard (Pereira – 31′)