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Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel


Manchester United

, Paul Pogba ‘5' , Paul Pogba ‘33' , Marcus Rashford ‘45' , Romelu Lukaku ‘72'

AFC Bournemouth

, Nathan Aké ‘47'
FT 30th December 2018 4:30 PM
Old Trafford
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It was probably expected before the match, but a disappointing defeat at Old Trafford means we're beaten 4-1 here.

The fans are still applauding the team though, an absolute credit to the club.

A tough defeat but we'll be desperate to get back to winning ways against Watford at Vitality Stadium.

Here's to 2019 - see you then!


Almost a goal!

Ignore that last post!

A great run from Jordon Ibe from his own half - he gets to the edge of the box and then slides a ball to Fraser - Mousset was waiting in the middle but Fraser's pass took a deflection and almost crept in at the near post, but for the alertness of De Gea.


Four minutes of added time...

I'd be surprised if anything happened in these minutes to be fair, Man United in all fairness have seen the game out well, we haven't offered too much attacking threat though.


Just wide!

Good play!

Steve Cook controls a long kick from De Gea superbly, threads a punched pass to Fraser who then superbly lays the ball off to Surman.

On the edge of the box on his favoured left, the midfielder curls one narrowly wide!



As a result of that red card...

Phil Jones comes on for Anthony Martial.

Ake has come off for us, he looks OK which is good news - on comes Tyrone Mings.


Straight red card!

Bailly dismissed for a dreadful tackle on Fraser!

He's had one or two fouls today - that's the worst. 

A red card, hopefully that can free up some space for us to at least get another consolation.


Pogba off the post...

Almost a hat-trick - he smashes one from the edge of the box but Begovic makes an unbelievable save to tip it onto the post.

It's one of those saves you don't appreciate in real time, a brilliant stop to deny Pogba's hat-trick.


Lukaku finishes...

A ball over the top from Pogba is latched onto by Lukaku and he adjusts his body to finish with his right foot past the onrushing Begovic.

Seeing a replay, the Belgian is offside - he was in front of last man Steve Cook - another cruel decision against us.

But we can't reverse that decision and it's 4-1.


GOAL for Man United.

That should be that unfortunately.

Lukaku scores with one of his first touches.

That's the difference, bringing that quality off the bench.


20 minutes to go...


Lukaku on...

Rashford makes way for the Belgian international - to a big Old Trafford roar as he returns from injury.


Good chance!

And an excellent block by Eric Bailly!

Steve Cook drove forward from deep with power and was out wide right.

He then fizzed in a brilliant cross to King waiting in the middle, but his first time strike is well blocked!


Double sub...

After that Begovic sabe, we make a double change.

Ryan Fraser and Lys Mousset both come on in order to try and provide a spark.

Brooks and Wilson both come off as we continue to fend off United who are enjoying most of the ball.


A big save by Begovic...

Pogba was able to get half a yard and thread a clinical ball behind for Rashford.

He beats the backline but Begovic does so well to close the space and save Rashford's dinked effort.

Could be an important stop...


A quiet period in the game...

Not a lot to report on - as United are enjoying the majority of the ball but aren't pulling the trigger or stepping out of second gear really.

That's good for us when we do nick the ball, we're keen to get bodies forward.

But not sniff of goal yet.


A steady start to the half...

United are pressing us with great intensity but we've enjoyed a spell with the ball in the past two minutes.

We know that Wilson and King are willing runners but we're slowly finding our groove.


Herrera booked...

Cynical foul.

We nick the ball back and we're in a really promising area with Stanislas driving at the United defence in space.

But his shirt is pulled by Herrera who takes the yellow card.

A frustrating one as we were in a good area there!


Chance for Man United...

Shaw wins it back and the Martial is able to thread in a pass to Herrera in the area.

It looks a tight angle but it's certain he'll make Begovic work - but Ake flings himself at it to prevent the shot.

Superb defending.


Back underway...

No changes.

If we can stay solid in this half and nick a goal, you never know.

We're attacking the famous Stretford End, come on lads!



Well, right on the stroke of half time we have a lifeline.

Ake's superb header gives us a glimmer of hope in a display that hasn't been as bad as the scoreline suggests.

Half time, we'll see you back in 15 minutes - if we get a goal early on in the second half, who knows what could happen!? 


A route back into it!?

You never know!

That Ake goal could be big!

We work a short corner and the bal lbounces to Brooks in the area.

He shows such calmness and such poise to take a few touches and dink it to the near post.

Ake leaps so well and nods in!

That changes things!






Another easy one...

We could defend that a bit better but it is a great cross from Martial on the right. 

It's perfect for Rashford to dangle a leg at and divert into the far corner.

That could be a crucial goal...


GOAL for Man United.

Just before the break that's a killer goal.

Rashford nips in to score.


Five minutes to go of the first half...



A really well taken strike!

We force an opening from a throw in and King reacts to get the ball in the box, swivel and smash a left-footed strike at the near post which De Gea is able to tip away!

Another decent opening for us...


Ashley Young booked...

Terrible tackle!

He's gone over the ball and is quite lucky! 

King had the ball in the corner and Young just wiped him out... A yellow card is all it is.


Pogba nods in...

An avoidable goal.

Ander Herrera whips in a superb cross, but Pogba ghosts past everyone from deep to meet it in the area and nod in past Begovic.

Frustrating as that goal may be crucial after some really good moments for us.


GOAL for Manchester United.


Pogba has a second as he heads in.


30 minutes played...

Besides the opening spell which the goal came from, we've collected ourselves really well and do look a threat when we break.

Still plenty to play for here - as we saw at Wembley yesterday with Wolves, stay in the game for as long as possible then take the chances when they come!



Well, it probably more hit him but it should be 1-1!!

A superb delivery from Brooks' right sided corner is met by Ake who heads well!

It's a central header which De Gea sort of reacts to, but it hits him and United clear!

A real chance, unlucky!!


Stanislas wide!

He had runners up alongside him, but after playing a clever one-two with Diego Rico, Stanislas has plenty of room to move into through the middle!

After beating the United press, he drives forward and gets 30-yards out, but with others running off him in great positions he elects to drill an effort which went wide.

A real positive bit of play though, we are getting joy through the middle.


Growing in confidence!



Another good spell for us!

Joshua King held off Victor Lindelof in the area and passed to Ibe who was right up alongside him.

With a lovely shift, he beat the full back and whipped in a venomous low cross which flew into a great area, and also just past the post.

We are looking a lot better after a rough start.


Brooksy looking lively...

When we do break, Brooks is looking like he's going to make something happen every time he gets it.

He's pinged a beautiful pass over the top for Callum Wilson, and shown some great feet to nutmeg Luke Shaw and also beat Matic.

He's looking at home on the big stage.


Just wide...

After a decent passage of play, United have regained control.

Pogba was able to tee up Rashford on the edge of the box and he struck a sweet volley which smashed Ake in the face and deflected just wide.

Ake is OK - but willing to put himself where it hurts to keep us in the game.



A swift breakaway!

We have a very effective spell of possession, Steve Cook drills one forward and we have our first threatening moment!

Brooks collects it and threads one in for Jordon Ibe who's stopped by a good tackle by Luke Shaw!


Almost 2-0...

A really good reaction from Asmir Begovic.

Nemanja Matic drives forward and slides the ball through for Anthony Martial.

He's clean through straight down the middle of the goal, but Begovic was sharp to tackle him and clear to safety.

We need to have a spell with the ball and settle down early on.


First real moment and we're a goal down...

Marcus Rashford gets on the right side and produces some tremendous skill to beat both Nathan Ake and Diego Rico.

In all fairness it's a good piece of play and he slides one across the face for Pogba to tap in.

That's the first real moment of the game and we're a goal down - clinical.


GOAL for Man United.

Their first real attack of the game and it's in.

Paul Pogba scores.


We're underway...

Jesse Lingard kicks us off.

We've done the old away trick of making Man United swap from their favoured end - they'll attack the famous Stretford End in the first half.

Will it have an impact? Let's find out! We kick off!


The lads are out!

They're out the tunnel and the pre-match handshakes get underway.

Can we earn a historic win for the football club here? Everyone is in confident mood from the playing staff, who will be all be cheered all the way by the 1,400 (approx) fans in the away end.

Come on lads!

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The players are in from the warm up...

Roared on by the travelling faithful to our right!

It should be a good game it goes without saying, if you haven't clicked LISTEN LIVE - do it NOW! It's free live audio commentary directly from Old Trafford all across the world!


Can we be the one to help set a record?

Something to tell your mates...

We could help Man United equal a record today, a bad one as well!

They are one short of equalling their club record for most Premier League defeats in a calendar year: 10, set in 2001, 2014 and 2015.

A Cherries win today could help to set that unenviable record!


The boss is positive...

The manager has just done his pre-match interview with Sky Sports and is in a buoyant mood...

“We’ve picked a team that we believe can be competitive while also showing our qualities.

"We came here two years ago in a difficult situation and got a famous draw, and I believe the side we are putting out today is good enough to get another result.”


Head to head record...

In the last six Premier League games, Man United are unbeaten against us.

We've never beaten them at Old Trafford in all competitions, but we did pick up a memorable 1-1 draw in 2017.

The head to head standings aren't great, we've scored just twice against them and have won just two of the 15 previous total matches.

Let's use that as a motivator today lads!




One to watch...

With seemingly a new lease of life, Paul Pogba netted twice against Huddersfield Town.

Given more license to get forward and dominate, the Frenchman had more touches on the ball (117), more shots (5) and more passes (90) than any other player on the pitch in their last game.

One to keep quiet for sure!


Pre-match interview...

Captain Andrew Surman conducted his pre-match interview with Sky Sports.

In the compulsory interview, Surman was upbeat and we love the attitude!

“When you have adversity like we have, with injuries and results, then everyone has to step up. No-one is unbeatable in this league. We have to tighten up as a team but we go into today with belief.”

Well said, skipper!



There are three changes from Boxing Day for the line up.

Simon Francis is obviously out and is replaced by Jordon Ibe, with Joshua King and Diego Rico returning to the starting line up.

Here's the team... Begovic; S Cook, Ake, Daniels; Jordon, Stanislas, Surman, Brooks, Rico; King, Wilson.


Team news...

Is only 15 minutes away!

We'll start with the hosts' injury news, with Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial all very doubtful to play.

Chris Smalling won't be back from a foot problem but Scott McTominay and Marcos Rojo might be in with a shout.

As for us, we've got four players definitely out, the latest of which is club captain Simon Francis who ruptured his ACL on Boxing Day. Sad news for Franno, as he joins Dan Gosling, Adam Smith and Lewis Cook out.

Team news to come straight from the away dressing room!


It's no surprise...

... that we'll be in our white away kit today.

Arguably one of our best wins of the season came in our white kit - the 4-0 win against Watford - a memorable day!

It might be a lot to ask, but hopefully there's more of the same today!


As for us...

The form book doesn't look as good for us!

We've lost seven of our last nine league games in a tough run which has been affected by injuries and a series of difficult fixtures.

The players haven't stopped trying to put things right and we head to Old Trafford looking to arrest a run of four away defeats on the spin.

Records are there to be broken though as we always say!


How are Man United shaping up ahead of this one?

Well the attacking impoteus that the Old Trafford crowd have clamoured for seems to have returned with the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager.

They've recorded back-to-back wins against Cardiff and Huddersfield, scoring eight times in the process.

Solskjaer is aiming to become only the third United manager to win his first three league games, looking to emulate Sir Matt Busby and Jose Mourinho.

The atmosphere around the club feels different, but we're here to play our part too!



Today we're at one of the world's most renowned arenas...

Welcome to Old Trafford as AFC Bournemouth look to halt the recent slide in form against a rejuvenated Manchester United side.

It would be one of our finest ever results in our top flight stay no doubt, so we'll be bringing you all the updates from another big day in the Premier League.

Live commentary is also free - as ever - on afcbTV, just click LISTEN LIVE.

Join us!

Other games that day

  • Southampton1
    Manchester City3
  • Burnley2
    West Ham United0
  • Crystal Palace0

As it stood

1 Liverpool 20 +40 54
2 Manchester City 20 +38 47
3 Tottenham Hotspur 20 +22 45
4 Chelsea 20 +22 43
5 Arsenal 20 +12 38
6 Manchester United 20 +9 35
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 0 29
8 Leicester City 20 +1 28
9 Watford 20 -1 28
10 Everton 20 +1 27
11 West Ham United 20 -3 27
13 Brighton and Hove Albion 20 -5 25
14 Crystal Palace 20 -9 19
15 Newcastle United 20 -12 18
16 Cardiff City 20 -19 18
17 Southampton 20 -17 15
18 Burnley 20 -22 15
19 Fulham 20 -25 14
20 Huddersfield Town 20 -23 10

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