Joshua King’s goal on the stroke of half-time was enough to give Bournemouth a 1-0 win over Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side struggled to create any clear goalscoring chances with Mason Greenwood hitting the post late on.
Here is a look at the five things we learned as we failed to get anything from our fourth match in 10 days.
James getting better on the right
United looked dangerous in the opening stages due to the threat James was posing down the right-hand side. Bournemouth’s left-back Diego Rico was being run ragged.
In the 3rd minute, Martial turned a pass round the corner for the former Swansea man to latch onto. He cut the ball back for Andreas Pereira on the edge of the box, a great goalscoring opportunity, but the Brazilian somehow managed to miss the ball.
It was clear that every time United got on the ball they were trying to release James.
He delivered a teasing cross to the back post, but Fred who made a clever late run into the box was stretching and couldn’t connect properly.
James was a threat in the first-half and United’s regular outlet until Bournemouth got a foothold in the game.
The 21-year-old nearly gave United the lead with a piledriver in the 20th minute after a poor free kick fell to the Welshman. The ball fizzed past the post. Ramsdale was well-beaten.
With James becoming more and more comfortable on the right-wing, United’s pacey attacking trio will continue to blossom, they just need some creativity and supply behind them.
United’s iceman struggled to contain the pace and physicality of former Red Devil Joshua King and Callum Wilson, Lindelöf had a tough afternoon.
He looked jittery from the very first minute, putting Aaron Wan-Bissaka under pressure with a needless stray pass.
The injury to Axel Tuanzebe has given Lindelöf breathing space and with Solskjaer recently opting to go with three centre backs, the Swedish centre back is benefiting from injuries and a lack of competition.
The former Benfica man looked sharp at times in possession producing some crisp passes into Martial, but Bournemouth knew that if they played the ball into the channels, Lindelöf would be exposed.
The 25-year-old was culpable of ball watching for the only goal of the match. In a game where Steven Cook and Nathan Ake looked commanding and assured, Lindelöf looked tentative.
Williams should start against Brighton
Ashley Young picked up his 5th booking of the season meaning he is suspended for the game against Brighton.
This surely means that fitness pending, Brandon Williams will be given his first Premier League start next Sunday.
Williams deserves his chance to stake his claim for the left-back spot in the league after impressive performances in the Europa League and against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.
A positive display against Brighton could mean that Williams becomes the first choice left-back with Luke Shaw and Ashley Young being used as back-up options.
Need a quality number 10
Andreas Pereira has impressed in recent matches and seems to have moved ahead of Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard in the pecking order for the number 10 position.
As well as United’s number 15 has performed in recent weeks there is still a need for a creative number ten to be signed, who has the ability to carve out opportunities for United’s talented forward line.
Pereira was finding pocket of spaces and collecting the ball in dangerous areas, but his final product was poor against the Cherries.
The defeat against Bournemouth showed how much the team misses the influence and presence of Paul Pogba.
Fans would love to see Angel Gomes be given a run of games to make the position his own, or for the club to sign James Maddison and Bruno Fernandes. This team needs an injection of quality.
Need to be more urgent, quicker
United only really started to impose themselves on the game and pin the hosts back in the final 10 minutes.
The passing beforehand was lacklustre, we knew Bournemouth were going to be difficult to break down, but when United don’t have space to run into, we look an extremely easy side to defend against.
We were simply taking far too many touches on the ball and passing sideways or backwards without any purpose.
There needs to be a dramatic upturn in the tempo of United’s build up play against lesser teams otherwise we won’t be anywhere near the European places come the end of the season.
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