In a pulsating clash at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, Manchester United came back from behind with a dramatic last-gasp winner from Marcus Rashford to beat AFC Bournemouth 2-1.
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford, who has been facing loads of criticism for not being clinical and alert inside the box, has rescued the visitors by scoring an injury time winner and bagged three valuable points home. On the other hand, Anthony Martial was lighting up the final third and was decisive in the game. It was the Frenchman who put the Red Devils level at the 35th minute from Alexis Sanchez’s cut-back.
Although Callum Wilson scored the goal for Bournemouth from Junior Stanislas’ cross, he wasn’t Bournemouth’s main man. Nathan Ake was brilliant at defence, had some vital interceptions and blocks.
Manchester United Player Ratings:
David De Gea(6/10)
Didn’t really have much to do throughout the game, apart from a couple of good saves. The Spaniard misjudged a cross from Adam Smith, which seemed harmless at first, but later got away with it. Keeping just one clean sheet this season, it must be really frustrating for him as the Reds’ defence is getting worse day by day.
Young was unlucky that his jaw-dropping second-half free-kick cannoned off the frame of the goal. Overall it was a consistent performance from him again.
The out of form centre-back was yet again exposed at the back with a nervy performance. However, his clever header to set up Alexis Sanchez and a brilliant tackle on Ryan Fraser to stop him in his tracks were vital.
Lindelof was amazing throughout the game and he is slowly performing up to his potential. Amidst all the defensive horrors it’s a good sign for both the club and the fans.
It was a shaky performance from the left-back, especially in the second-half. Shaw was slow and less decisive at times, compared to his previous game. The fullback looked off the pace and was caught ball-watching in some occasions and Stanislas took full advantage of the situation. However, United’s left-flank was fierce in attack but at the same vulnerable defensively due to Martial’s low defensive work rate.
Slow and sloppy in possession in the first half, but improved later like the other Man United players on the field. The Serbian struggled in the opening stages but with the introduction of Ander Herrera, he gained better control. His performances have hit rock bottom, compared to last seasons’.
Seemed like yet another performance from the Frenchman which will follow criticism, but a magical cross from him in the dying moments of the game saw Rashford equalize with seconds to go for the full-time whistle.
It’s clear that the midfielder is trying hard but just cannot cope up with the pace of Premier League, wonder what Pep Guardiola would have done with him had he signed him. It was his poorest performance under Jose Mourinho.
Was quiet for most of the afternoon and was subbed even before the hour mark. The Spaniard drifted wide at times but couldn’t do much on the ball, apart from a brilliant through ball to Anthony Martial.
After an unfortunate training injury to Romelu Lukaku, Alexis was brought back to the starting XI and he didn’t disappoint. The Chilean played a beautiful cut-back to Martial, setting him up for the goal, following a one-two with Young. After returning from injury he looked sharped as he forced Begovic to make a good save with a header.
Despite wasting a few good chances, the Frenchman was again the key to yet another win for the Red Devils and as Jose said last week, Martial has finally learned his United role. It was his fifth goal in four matches.
Ander Herrera (on for Fred, 56 mins) (7/10):
Was really an impressive half an hour display from the Spaniard. He brought control to the game, stabilized Matic. He also had two curling shots on target.
Marcus Rashford (on for Mata, 56 mins) (7/10):
After a horrendous close-range miss, Rashford was again on the verge of receiving criticism, but his last-gasp winner covered for it. The youngster added pace to the game and was an important inclusion.
Jesse Lingard (on for Sanchez, 78 mins) (5/10):
Brought energy to the game but missed an important scoring opportunity as Begovic denied him.