Manchester United once again disappointed its fans, this time by losing against Bournemouth. The Cherries have beaten the guests 1-0, with Joshua King scoring the only goal of the match, which was, by the way, a masterpiece.
After a brief period in which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s guys posted three consecutive wins, the reality hit back the Red Devils. They were pale in all the lines, the strikers couldn’t find or create a decent position to endanger Bournemouth’s goal, and above all, the entire team looked pretty helpless with the ball in their feet. Defenders were once again below every expected level, and King’s goal is a proof for that.
The former member of the Manchester United youth academy had a massive motive against his old club. He spent four years at the Old Trafford but never got a chance to appear in the red jersey, and was eventually sold to Blackburn in 2013. His goal today was a work of art.
Oh Joshua King oh he is so wonderful pic.twitter.com/lqc4l0BT2B
— michael (@MikeAFCB4) November 2, 2019
After reaching the ball in the goalkeeper area, he sent it over one of United’s defenders, as he himself rolled around him. Once he turned towards the goal, King quickly sent a shot through De Gea’s legs for the massive joy at the Vitality Stadium. It was the last minute of the first half.
“To get the winning goal is a good feeling. I focused on the goal, lobbed it over with my right foot,” said the scorer of the goal. “I didn’t know whether anyone was there, and hit it cleanly through De Gea’s legs. We know we can score goals, even though there’s been a dry spell.”
United did have the ball in their possession more, and that especially applied to the second half, but the visitors simply couldn’t do anything with it. Meanwhile, the Cherries were waiting for a chance to strike from the counter-attacks, and occasionally they threatened the rival.
Solskjaer was disappointed with the way his team played today, and he underlined the poor finishing.
“We are disappointed, of course, but when you come to places like this, you have to take control of the game,” he said and continued. “I thought we started really well, but a lack of quality, we couldn’t get a goal. And when the game becomes like it did, the first goal is always going to be important.”
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United had 11 goal attempts, but only four on goal. Meanwhile, all Bournemouth’s six were on target, and the hosts looked pretty sharp today on both sides of the field.
“We looked quite secure. The two center halves did really well, Ake and Cook are big players for us,” said Bournemouth’s manager Eddie Howe.
The Cherries are now seventh in the standings, with 16 points, but with the note that all other games are yet to take place. Bournemouth has 16 points in 11 games and won this match following two straight draws.
United, meanwhile, sits 10th and is experiencing one of the worst campaigns in the last few decades. Just 13 points in 11 rounds are their worst start since 1986/87 seasons, and no doubt, the next few weeks could be critical for Solskjaer.
The Red Devils now have a clash in Europa League this Thursday against Partizan, before meeting Brighton. Both matches are at the Old Trafford. After that, they visit Sheffield to face United.
Bournemouth travels to Newscastle next week.