Match Report: Bournemouth 1 Man Utd 0

Josh King celebrates after scoring the winning goal. Images: Getty

Under heavy rain and strong windy conditions, Manchester United gave a terrible performance in a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium in their Premier league encounter today. Ex-United striker Josh King got the winner from close range at the half-time mark.

Manchester United were never really in control of the game from start to finish. Although we had some possession in the early stages of the match we couldn’t stamp our authority on the game. Anthony Martial had the first shot on target, but keeper Aaron Ramsdale easily saved it. There were opportunities for Andreas Pereira and Fred, but they squandered them.

The home side had a corner-kick after Scott McTominay deflected Harry Wilson’s shot over the goal-line. Pereira’s free-kick which was deflected into the path of Daniel James put his effort wide. Martial had fallen into the box by a challenge by Jefferson Lerma, but no penalty was given by the referee.

Then at the half-time mark, Josh King put the Cherries in front when after good build-up Adam Smith passed the ball to the striker in the six-yard box, and he chested it down on the turn and shot the ball through David De Gea’s legs. Bournemouth had the confidence that they needed to turn the game in their favour. Ryan Fraser took a shot that was calmly saved by De Gea.

United tried to reply through Pereira in the 58th minute, but his powerful drive forced the keeper to parry the ball clear. De Gea on the other end had to come off his line to deflect the ball away after it fell to Harry Wilson. As United pressed for the equalizer, Harry Wilson produced a great save from De Gea with his strong effort.

In the late stages of the match we constantly attacked the team from the south coast. Mason Greenwood struck the post, and Marcus Rashford was foiled at the last moment from a Steven Cook challenge in the box. But it wasn’t to be for United and the Cherries were victorious in the end.

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