Manchester United’s hope to continue their away wins were dashed as Bournemouth beat the Red Devils 1-0 at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
The rain soaked game started with United confidently controlling the pitch but the hosts gradually found their foothold before Joshua King netted the winner just before half time.
The Bournemouth striker who also scored Bournemouth’s only winner against Man Utd in 2015, chested Adam Smith’s cross before shooting the ball between De Gea’s legs into the net.
The Cherries carried their high moral into the second half as Harry Wilson attempted to double their lead twice but United, who were still struggling to regain dominance, managed to hold them off.
“We are disappointed of course, but when you come to places like this, you have to take control of the game. I thought we started really well, but a lack of quality, we couldn’t get a goal. And when the game becomes like it did, the first goal is always going to be important. Every time you concede a goal it’s bad, but it’s a bit of magic that wins the game, you’ve got to say that. Maybe I should have started a few others, who knows, but they started the game well so I don’t think it was that. If you want to be challenging for the top four, and moving up the table, you have to win games like this. But I am sure Bournemouth will say that as well.” Man Utd boss, Solskjaer said after the game.
Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe also spoke to BT Sports, “I thought it was a really good game. We were solid and competitive, we looked a real threat. We respected our opponents, but we got over the line. Another clean sheet as well. A great goal, and that would have meant a lot to Joshua King. We didn’t start too well, the first ten minutes, but once we settled we were fine in the game. It was always going to be a game of few chances, but we always looked as though we would score. And we looked quite secure. The two centre halves did really well, Ake and Cook are big players for us.”
Bournemouth’s victory currently puts them 6th position in the English Premier League while Man Utd went down from 7th to 10th.