Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth

  • Manchester United grind out three points against energetic but wasteful Bournemouth.
  • Romelu Lukaku's fine first-half header decided at match bereft of real quality.
  • The win sees Jose Mourinho's side remain 11 points behind Manchester City, who beat Swansea City 4-0.
  • Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Shaw, McTominay, Matic, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Lukaku.
  • Bournemouth: Begovic, Francis, Gosling, Ake, Arter, Daniels, Wilson, Smith, King, Stanislas, Fraser.
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Full-time: Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth

A tedious affair, but United will savour the three points. Romelu Lukaku got back to scoring ways to net his sixth goal in five matches against Bournemouth, who had a number of chances to draw level.

David de Gea was certainly the busy of the two 'keepers, but it's job done for United and Mourinho.

That's all from us this evening. Have a good night.

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Into four minutes of stoppage time as Mata finds Lukaku in the box. The Belgian shoots, but Ake is there to block for a corner.


Ake surges forward from centre-half and exchanges passes with Fraser, who is tackled by Herrera. King is then caught on his haunches as Bournemouth try to go through the middle. A frustrating night for the Cherries.


Young has come on in place of Shaw. He whips in a delivery that Begovic is all too happy to claim.

Bournemouth really turning the screw as we approach stoppage time. Fraser whips in another corner that is easily cleared, but Cook manages to find Francis. The defender exchanges passes before darting to byline, but his cross is wasted by Afobe.


Huge save from De Gea keeps United in front! Bournemouth's speedy break seems to peter out, but Smith's lungbusting run revives the attack as he is found by Fraser. The full-back finds Defoe, whose first touch is heavy, but he manages to shoot goalbound with venom. De Gea denies, as he so often does.


10 minutes remaining, another Bournemouth corner. Francis does well to keep it alive with a hooked cross but Ake cannot guide his header goalwards.


Delicious ball whipped in by Fraser fails to find a Bournemouth head. Jones clears well.

Final change for Bournemouth, as Gosling is replaced by Cook.


A nice move put together by Bournemouth fails to test De Gea. Defore and Afobe combine well, but the latter's shot is easy for United's stopper to latch onto.


Rashford almost scores one of the goals of the season! The youngster is given space and time to strike from 25 yard and unleashes a howitzer that beats Begovic and rattles the bar. What a goal that would have been.


McTominay looks for Shaw, who finds Rashford. The youngster overruns his cross and allows Smith to clear.

Changes for both sides - Wilson off for Defoe and Stanislas off for Afobe, while Lingard is replaced by Herrera.


Valencia picks out Rashford in the box. The forward finds Lingard, who slips at the crucial moment. A real chance to make the game comfortable for United goes begging.


Really dire second half so far. The only flashpoint of any note coming from Martial, who really should have scored.

Bourenmouth win a corner out of Jones, United clear. Dull dull dull.


Shaw down in a heap as Stanislas catches him late. First United change - Martial off, Rashford on.


Martial almost finds an onrushing Lukaku but Bournemouth manage to clear.

Fraser and Daniels come forward for the Cherries but are soon crowded out. Shaw then tries to find Lukaku with a long, searching cross, but the Belgian cannot connect.


It should be 2-0, but Bournemouth somehow manage to prevent Martial from close range.

Lukaku's shot is deflected by Begovic into Martial's path. The Frenchman sets himself but his effort is almost take off his toes by Francis.

United come again through Valencia, but the Ecuadorian can't conjure anything of note.


A great cross McTominay causes trouble in Bournemouth's area but Martial is crowded out, and Begovic claims.

Bournemouth showing little attacking intent in this second half, with King ploughing a very lonely furrow at the moment.


Lukaku does well to tee up Mata after controlling Martial's cross, but the Spaniard's effort is deflected for a corner, which Begovic claims.


Lukaku tries a few stepovers and beats his man as he surges to the byline, but his cross is easy for Begovic to claim. United come again through Mata, who finds Martial, but the Frenchman overruns the ball and gifts Bournemouth a goal kick.


Lingard and Martial seem to have swapped positions early in this second half. The pair try to link up but Bournemouth intercept and break, though Stanislas ends an attack by fouling Jones.


Lukaku kicks things off. Quite a few empty seats around Old Trafford this evening. Many didn't fancy braving the weather, it seems.


Both sides are running back onto the pitch. The second half about to begin.


This man has been busy so far tonight. He will no doubt hope for an easier second half, which will begin in a matter of moments.

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Lukaku in the mood to score, but not smile. The sullen Belgian is the difference at the interval.

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Half-time: Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth

Lukaku's fine header the difference between the two sides at half-time. United have looked lethargic and one-dimensional going forward and have De Gea to thank for their lead. The Spaniard has had to make a few smart saves from the Cherries, who will fancy themselves to take something out of this game if they maintain their positive attitude going forward.