Bournemouth v Man United Match Review- 2nd November 2019
Manchester United travelled to Bournemouth this Saturday with the hopes of adding to a win midweek in the EFL cup, but unfortunately hit another hurdle in a continuing long road to recovery. Bournemouth beat the reds 1-0, and now move above Man United in the table. United now have only 13 points from 11 league games, which is the lowest tally for 33 years and they sit 10th in the league.
The reds had chances to put the game away early but a slip from Pereira let a glorious chance go by. Their goal tally for the season is currently at 13, which is also the lowest since the 2004/05 season, which surely highlights the need to invest in creative and attacking minded players come January. Daniel James looked bright, as he created multiple attacking chances in the early stages of the first half and was included in the build up to a scuffed shot by Fred. James also fired a great strike just wide of the post in the first half, which he almost seemed to connect too sweetly with.
But just as United seemed to be getting a foothold in the game, former striker Joshua King caught United while they were vulnerable. King was left unmarked when Wan Bissakacommitted himself which allowed the striker to bring the ball down on his chest take a touch out of his feet and finish, whilst being stood practically on the six-yard box. The goal dramatically changed the team talks for both managers as it was right on the stroke of half time. It also highlighted where the Reds still have weaknesses in their back line despite the rumored one hundred and thirty-million-pound investment in the summer.
You would’ve expected Bournemouth to have just sat back in the second half and absorb pressure from United, which they did at times, but more often than not kept throwing the Reds problems, as David De Gea was called into action on numerous occasions keeping his side in the game.
At the 8oth minute mark, Solskjaer attempted to change the game by bringing on a double substitution of two teenagers: Greenwood and Williams. Greenwood was mainly quiet, but Williams had a strong showing at left back and could arguably keep Luke Shaw out of the team when he returns from injury. Shaw has now joined the likes of Neymar in the sense that he’s almost missed half of his games since joining Manchester United, so especially with Solskjaer’s new “philosophy”, Williams is likely to be favored. Greenwood did have a good chance at the end which he really should’ve tucked away as he rattled the woodwork at the back post.
This was again another poor result for United, but not only that it was hard to watch. Just as the fans thought Ole’s side were starting to turn a corner they get hit with another set back. I do have sympathy for Ole, hes done everything the fans have asked for, he’s stuck with the youth and he’s sold players the fans wanted out this time six months ago. Players like Lukaku who the very same fans are now saying we should not have sold. At the end of the day three of United’s best players on the pitch consistently are Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan Bissaka and Daniel James, all Solskjaer’s signings. In my opinion you have to give the manager time, at least let him get to January, because if he is backed with funds to make signings that we need to help improve the squad, hopefully Ole should be back at the wheel… and how good will that feel?