Manchester United’s mini revival came to an end after being beaten 1-0 by Bournemouth.

A combination of inventive forward play and shambolic defending played a part in Joshua King’s match-winning goal on the stroke of half-time.

The defeat means that Manchester United have lost all six Premier League away games in which they’ve fallen behind under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Here are three players who shone on yet another disappointing afternoon.

Dan James

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There are times when James looks to be on a one man mission trying to carry this poor Manchester United side, but it speaks volumes about his mentality, that he relishes the responsibility.

James is shining in a team that doesn’t possess a wealth of playmakers (if any), we look disjointed, but he still finds a way to impose himself on matches.

Solskjaer has a forward line in James, Rashford and Martial that frightens defences, they just need the ammunition to be unleashed on a more frequent basis.

The Welshman managed to find pockets of spaces in behind Diego Rico and put in some wicked crosses and cutbacks, but yet again United’s finishing was found wanting.

United’s right-hand side with Wan-Bissaka and James has been resolved, it is up to Solskjaer and the board to continue to find the other pieces of the jigsaw to ensure that United’s rebuild and long-term project builds momentum.

Marcus Rashford

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United’s man of the moment came into the game with his confidence soaring, but he had to live off scraps against Bournemouth.

 

There were times where he plucked the ball out of the sky and ran straight for the Bournemouth goal, but he was having to carve out these glimmer of chances through his own brilliance.

The interchanging, movement and understanding between Rashford and Martial was non-existent because the hosts simply crowded them out.

Rashford was on the receiving end of a reckless tackle from Cherries captain Steven Cook, but luckily for the 22-year-old, he came away from the challenge unscathed.

Rashford’s work rate never dipped and his shoulders never dropped he was trying to lead United’s comeback charge.

Brandon Williams

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Williams was only introduced with 10 minutes left, but his positive intent was evident from the first moment he collected possession.

After coming on for Wan-Bissaka, Ashley Young shifted to the right, with Williams on his favoured left-hand side.

The 19-year-old showed his ability to be an asset for United in the attacking third in injury time where he had the vision to thread a splitting pass through to Lingard, which put the hosts on the backfoot and scramble the ball to safety.

Williams’ urgency and forward thinking mentality is something the rest of his team mates need to learn from.

A suspension for Young against Brighton could present Williams with the opportunity to make the left-back spot his own.

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