Man United’s deadly front-three terrorise Bournemouth as Red Devils move up to 4th

Manchester United vs Bournemouth

Manchester United welcomed Bournemouth to Old Trafford a short time ago, as they looked to continue their fine run of form.

After their 3-0 drubbing of Brighton earlier this week, the Red Devils extended their unbeaten streak across all competitions to 15.

Such impressive displays, coupled with Chelsea’s loss to West Ham on Wednesday, saw United move to within touching distance of the top-four.

As such, given how poor Bournemouth have been of late, United extending their fine run with a win this afternoon seemed to be nailed on.

The teams

In something of a bolt from the blue, reports began to circulate on Friday evening that Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes could miss Saturday’s clash after the pair collided in training.

However, both were handed starts against Eddie Howe’s Cherries, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted for the same eleven that hammered Brighton last time out:

Bournemouth, on the other hand, made several changes from their last outing, with an injured Steve Cook missing out.

Man United’s comeback

As was to be expected, it would be high-flying Man United who started the 90 minutes on the front foot.

And it would be arguably the Red Devils’ most in-form man at the moment, Bruno Fernandes, who had the first big chance of the clash.

Rashford’s searching ball put an advancing Fernandes in on goal, but the midfielder chipped his effort well over.

However, largely against the run of play, it would be the Cherries who opened the scoring.

A loose ball in the United box fell to Junior Stanislas, who nutmegged Harry Maguire, before slotting past David de Gea at his near post.

Stanislas’ goal came as the first that United have conceded at Old Trafford since January.

The Red Devils wouldn’t let up with their relentless pressure, though, with a Marcus Rashford free-kick forcing a good save from Aaron Ramsdale 18 minutes in.

But, to their credit, Bournemouth kept their defensive shape well, with a congested central area having forced United into crosses from out wide, resulting in little joy.

However, the away side’s resilience would eventually be broken shortly before the half-hour mark.

Bruno Fernandes picked out Mason Greenwood on the edge of the box, before the youngster smashed his shot past Ramsdale, who could do little due to the pace and power behind the effort.

The Manchester powerhouse then won a penalty just minutes after equalising, following an Adam Smith handball.

Marcus Rashford would step up to convert the ensuing spot-kick.

Then, with just minutes remaining before the interval, Anthony Martial bent in a peach of a strike to all but ensure Man United were set to secure a much-deserved three points.

Man United up to 4th

The second 45 began in completely opposite fashion to the first, with United’s backline somewhat of a mess.

Eric Bailly, who had just come on for Victor Lindelof, was adjudged to have handled the ball, resulting in a penalty – even though it looked to have been both outside the area, and to have hit the shoulder of the Ivorian.

Regardless, Josh King stepped up to reduce the deficit for Bournemouth.

The Norwegian then had the ball in the back of the net again moments later, but it was ruled out for offside.

All hope of a Bournemouth comeback was killed off shortly after, however, with Mason Greenwood netting his second of the tie.

United were not done there, though, with Bruno Fernandes this time adding his name to the scoresheet with a sensational free-kick.

The final-whistle eventually blew with the score at 5-2, a result that has moved Manchester United up to 4th in the Premier League table for the time being.

Man United’s deadly attacking trio

As already detailed above, all of United’s starting front-three on Saturday got themselves on the scoresheet at Old Trafford.

But as well as their strikes having ensured that Man United came away with all three points, goals from Rashford and Martial marked crucial moments in the Reds’ resurgence.

The aforementioned duo have now reached 20 goals each across all competitions this term, a feat not achieved by two United stars in the same campaign since 2010/11.

Such a stat could most certainly be taken as a sign that Solskjaer’s men are taking a step in the right direction, as they look to return to their glory days of the past.

Today’s win also ensured that two Man United players have scored 10 or more home goals in a single Premier League season for the first time since 2007/08.

But it should not just be Martial and Rashford who get the plaudits.

Mason Greenwood’s brace vs Bournemouth meant that he became the first teenager to score 15 goals in a single season for Man United since Wayne Rooney all the way back in 2004/05.

Furthermore, part of what makes the Red Devils’ attacking trio so deadly, is their versatility.

Man United began the match with Rashford on the left, Martial through the middle and Greenwood out right.

However, they were constantly chopping and changing mid-game, with each having taken up every position across the front over the course of the 90 minutes. This, obviously, makes them a nightmare for opposing defenders to deal with. This is especially the case with Greenwood, who does not appear to have a weak foot.

As such, if Man United can keep these three firing, as well as shoring up their defence, it is hard to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men not returning to their former glory days in the not so distant future.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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