It looked to be the same old story for Manchester United on the South coast.
The Red Devils visited Bournemouth in the Saturday lunchtime kickoff, and after yet more defensive calamities, they looked to be heading for a draw and falling even further behind the Premier League’s top four.
The home side were dominant early on, with Chris Smalling in particular struggling in the United backline. He was unable to catch up with Callum Wilson for the opener.
A wonderfully timed equaliser would come for United ten minutes before the break, with Anthony Martial showing his best form in quite some time. Even Alexis Sanchez stepped up in providing a quality pass for the strike.
The game was on a knife-edge, with United in much more need of the win with the Cherries already flying high in sixth regardless of the result.
Th breakthrough came in ‘Fergie Time’ through Marcus Rashford, who showed remarkable patience in waiting for the ball to bounce before firing into the net. Any mishap, and it would have been labelled ‘hesitation’ among other worse descriptions for the player who celebrated his 21st birthday during the week.
Though they showed a spirit that has been sorely lacking at time United were haunted to come away with the three points in the end, propelling them to 7th in the table, something which manager Jose Mourinho admitted after the game.
“We were defensively awful. Absolutely awful. And I look at the whole of my team when I say that, not just my defenders. In the dressing room, I said its impossible to play the first half worse than we did, so we had to play the second half better.”