Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth

Highlights and Full Match | Video

Witness the complete playback and highlights of the Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth match. The action kicks off at 15:00 (GMT) on the 9th of December 2023. The referee for this thrilling match is none other than P. Bankes. Prepare yourself for an intense game at the prestigious Old Trafford stadium. Don’t miss this exciting match in the England – Premier League, Week 16, Season 2023/2024.

Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth Full Match Reports

Bournemouth secured a historic first-ever away victory against Manchester United, delivering an outstanding performance to claim a resounding 3-0 win at Old Trafford. This triumph marked their fourth victory in the last five Premier League (PL) matches under the guidance of Andoni Iraola.

Despite a track record of losing nine of their previous ten away encounters at Old Trafford, Bournemouth started the game with remarkable efficiency, seizing the lead within five minutes. Executing a high-pressing strategy, the Cherries won the ball in the opposition half, and Lewis Cook delivered a precise low cross into the box. Dominic Solanke capitalized on the opportunity, calmly slotting the ball into the far corner. Responding to the setback, Harry Maguire, November’s PL Player of the Month, tested Neto with a looping header, forcing the goalkeeper into a full-stretch fingertip save over the bar.

Unfazed by United’s response, Bournemouth found the net for a second time through Marcus Tavernier, who poked home a rebound after Solanke’s initial attempt was denied by André Onana. Unfortunately, the goal was disallowed for offside. As United sought a comeback before halftime, Ilya Zabarnyi’s header was cleared off the line by Diogo Dalot, and Solanke rattled the post with Onana beaten.

Evidently impacted by Erik ten Hag’s halftime talk, the Red Devils initiated a relentless offensive in the second half, launching numerous attacks on the Bournemouth box. The visitors, however, displayed excellent defensive resilience, exemplified by Milos Kerkez, who made crucial blocks to deny Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes.

Strategic substitutions from both managers injected fresh energy into the match, with Danish internationals Rasmus Højlund and Phillip Billing entering the fray just before the hour mark. Billing, in particular, justified his inclusion by powering a header into the far post, doubling Bournemouth’s advantage. Five minutes later, the Cherries extended their dreamland lead as Marcos Senesi, left unmarked in the hosts’ penalty area, nodded home Tavernier’s corner.

Bournemouth’s quick-fire double within five minutes extinguished any hopes of a Red Devils comeback. Ten Hag’s team faced their seventh defeat in 16 PL matches, providing an undesirable prelude to their upcoming clash with Bayern Munich. In contrast, Bournemouth reveled in delirium, climbing to 13th place and extending their unbeaten streak to five matches on this historic day for the football club.

Man of the Match: Marcus Tavernier (Bournemouth).