Manchester United 0-3 Bournemouth: Dominic Solanke, Phillip Billing & Marco Senesi score

9 December 2023 0 By Total Football News

By Simon StoneBBC Sport at Old Trafford

Bournemouth score at Old TraffordBournemouth are now unbeaten in six games in all competitions

Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke says the Cherries feel capable of "beating anyone" after their "magnificent" victory away to Manchester United.

Solanke's early goal laid the foundations for the visitors' first win at Old Trafford, which increases the pressure on under-fire United manager Erik ten Hag.

Second-half headers from Philip Billing and Marcos Senesi in the space of five minutes completed what must go down as one of the most famous triumphs in Bournemouth's history.

"The boys are delighted," said Solanke. "We've been building a lot in the last few weeks and we're feeling confident.

"I think we've just started clicking. At the beginning [under Andoni Iraola] we were still trying to find our feet with a new philosophy.

"We've definitely started gelling in the last few weeks and it has showed on the pitch. To win away at Old Trafford is touching for everyone."

It could have been even worse for United, but substitute Dango Ouattara had a fourth for Bournemouth ruled out in stoppage time by the video assistant referee for handball.

Coming only three days before United's Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich - which they must win to stand any chance of reaching the last 16 - it was about as bad a day as possible for Ten Hag, winner of the Premier League's latest manager of the month prize.

His side have now suffered seven defeats in 16 league games. In all competitions they have lost as many matches - 11 - as they have won. They have been beaten 3-0 three times at home.

Virtually no-one wearing a red shirt emerged with any credit, with Ten Hag's surprising decision to start Antony Martial backfiring.

Solanke the striking star

'Half-a-billion spent and they can't control a game'

In the aftermath of United's tepid defeat at Newcastle last Saturday, it was Martial and Marcus Rashford who came in for the most severe criticism.

Both were dropped for the subsequent victory against Chelsea, so it was something of a surprise that Martial was recalled so quickly. The French forward dropped deep on a couple of occasions to link play, but he was no threat to the Bournemouth goal.

It did not help that a couple of misreads meant he did not get to one through ball and Alejandro Garnacho failed to react to one of his.

Martial's only shot of note, from the edge of the area midway through the opening period, did not have any power behind it and was gathered easily by Neto.

The contrast with Solanke was striking.

Every time the former Chelsea and Liverpool man took possession around the United box, his first instinct was to threaten the goal.

His finish maximised the sodden conditions as he used the pace of the low cross after Lewis Cook had taken advantage of static United defending as Bruno Fernandes looped a clearance out of the penalty area to steer the ball in at the far post.

Solanke was a constant threat. He also struck the base of a post with another shot across goal and it was his header that led to Marcus Tavernier turning home what he thought was a second, which was ruled out for offside.

There was not even an hour played when Martial was replaced by Rasmus Hojlund, a move that brought loud cheers from the home support.

The substitution made little difference.

First Billing, as he leapt above Luke Shaw, then Senesi, left unmarked at a corner, exposed United frailties in the air to seal a sensational win for Bournemouth.

Furious Ten Hag

The stern look on Ten Hag's face as his players left the field suggested the Dutchman was furious at what he had seen. In that regard, he would not have been on his own.

Thousands of empty red seats shining through the gloom at the final whistle told their own story of a pitiful performance.

In both penalty areas, United were deficient and Ten Hag could not seem to find any answers.

If anything, it was even worse than the display at St James' Park seven days ago which drew such criticism and triggered reports of splits in the camp.

Should United not salvage their Champions League status in midweek, they will go to old rivals Liverpool next weekend - when skipper Bruno Fernandes will be suspended after picking up a fifth booking - fearing the kind of hammering inflicted on them last season, when they were beaten 7-0.

Player of the match

SolankeDominic Solanke

with an average of 8.64

Manchester United

  1. Squad number39Player nameMcTominay
    Average rating

    3.98

  2. Squad number5Player nameMaguire
    Average rating

    3.91

  3. Squad number17Player nameGarnacho
    Average rating

    3.46

  4. Squad number23Player nameShaw
    Average rating

    3.34

  5. Squad number11Player nameHøjlund
    Average rating

    3.17

  6. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Dalot
    Average rating

    2.99

  7. Squad number4Player nameS Amrabat
    Average rating

    2.97

  8. Squad number15Player nameReguilón
    Average rating

    2.97

  9. Squad number35Player nameEvans
    Average rating

    2.79

  10. Squad number24Player nameOnana
    Average rating

    2.71

  11. Squad number8Player nameBruno Fernandes
    Average rating

    2.70

  12. Squad number21Player nameAntony
    Average rating

    2.63

  13. Squad number28Player namePellistri
    Average rating

    2.51

  14. Squad number9Player nameMartial
    Average rating

    2.43

  15. Squad number10Player nameRashford
    Average rating

    2.32

AFC Bournemouth

  1. Squad number9Player nameSolanke

    Average rating

    8.64

  2. Squad number29Player nameBilling

    Average rating

    8.61

  3. Squad number10Player nameChristie

    Average rating

    8.56

  4. Squad number11Player nameOuattara

    Average rating

    8.41

  5. Squad number8Player nameRothwell

    Average rating

    8.39

  6. Squad number16Player nameTavernier

    Average rating

    8.37

  7. Squad number4Player nameL Cook

    Average rating

    8.34

  8. Squad number24Player nameSemenyo

    Average rating

    8.27

  9. Squad number25Player nameSenesi

    Average rating

    8.26

  10. Squad number19Player nameKluivert

    Average rating

    8.23

  11. Squad number3Player nameKerkez

    Average rating

    8.21

  12. Squad number17Player nameSinisterra

    Average rating

    8.21

  13. Squad number27Player nameZabarnyi

    Average rating

    8.14

  14. Squad number15Player nameA Smith

    Average rating

    8.13

  15. Squad number1Player nameNeto

    Average rating

    8.02

Line-ups

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Onana
  • 20Dalot
  • 5Maguire
  • 23ShawSubstituted forEvansat 79'minutes
  • 15ReguilónBooked at 30mins
  • 39McTominay
  • 4S Amrabat
  • 21AntonySubstituted forPellistriat 79'minutes
  • 8Bruno FernandesBooked at 84mins
  • 17GarnachoSubstituted forRashfordat 79'minutes
  • 9MartialSubstituted forHøjlundat 56'minutesBooked at 60mins

Substitutes

  • 1Bayindir
  • 10Rashford
  • 11Højlund
  • 19Varane
  • 28Pellistri
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 34van de Beek
  • 35Evans
  • 37Mainoo

Bournemouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neto
  • 15A Smith
  • 27Zabarnyi
  • 25Senesi
  • 3Kerkez
  • 4L CookSubstituted forRothwellat 88'minutes
  • 10Christie
  • 24SemenyoSubstituted forBillingat 58'minutes
  • 19KluivertSubstituted forSinisterraat 72'minutes
  • 16TavernierBooked at 27minsSubstituted forOuattaraat 88'minutes
  • 9Solanke

Substitutes

  • 6Mepham
  • 7Brooks
  • 8Rothwell
  • 11Ouattara
  • 17Sinisterra
  • 21Moore
  • 26Kilkenny
  • 29Billing
  • 42Travers
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
73,427

Match Stats

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester United 0, Bournemouth 3.

Second Half ends, Manchester United 0, Bournemouth 3.


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