An amazing statistic regarding Romelu Lukaku’s form versus Bournemouth has come to the fore this evening, after the Belgian put Manchester United ahead during the first-half of their clash with the Cherries.
United welcomed Eddie Howe’s men to Old Trafford this evening, hoping for an immediate bounce-back performance following their disappointing loss to fierce rivals Manchester City at the weekend.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, with Jermain Defoe looking back to his brilliant best with a brace.
Jose Mourinho sprung a couple of surprises with his starting lineup, with the out-of-favour Luke Shaw rewarded for his excellent recent performance versus CSKA Moscow with a nod from the start, while youngster Scott McTominay and Juan Mata were also included in the Red Devils’ starting XI:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 13, 2017
Bournemouth, meanwhile, surprisingly left Jermain Defoe out following his goal of the season contender on Saturday, with Eddie Howe instead opting for the dynamism brought by Callum Wilson:
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United were labelled as clear favourites ahead of tonight’s matchup, with the home form of Jose Mourinho’s men having generally been exemplary so far this season.
As such, it came as little surprise when the hosts took the lead with 25 minutes on the clock, after under-fire striker Romelu Lukaku nodded home expertly from Juan Mata’s dinked cross.
And, while the goal was a crucial one for United in calming the nerves around Old Trafford, it also proved a remarkable one on a personal level for Lukaku, having given rise to the following statistic:
Romelu Lukaku has scored with each of his last five shots against Bournemouth in the Premier League.
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