Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Last-gasp Rashford goal earns United win at Bournemouth

Last-gasp Rashford goal earns United win at Bournemouth

The Cherries started the first half well, taking the lead after 11 minutes though Callum Wilson, although Anthony Martial equalised for the visitors on the 35th minute, before Marcus Rashford netted the victor two minutes into added time to claim all three points.

Further, Alexis Sanchez was instrumental in the first goal, and so if that trio can build chemistry and link up to good effect, it really will raise the question over whether or not Lukaku will be able to get back into the side in the near future. In theory, you say "Come on, 1-1, you bring Herrera".

"We created chances and we can take that second half performance to Turin and we will be more on the front foot and I think you'll see a better performance than you did, particularly in the first half".

United are nine points behind table-toppers Manchester City and Liverpool and five points off the final Champions League qualifying spot occupied by Arsenal. "He was really good".

Costa was forced off during the win over Cagliari at the weekend after picking up a muscle problem in his left adductor and the winger underwent physiotherapy treatments at the Juventus training ground on Sunday afternoon.

In a season where Jose was expected to capitalise on a second placed finish to put in a title challenge, United have fallen behind expectations. Bournemouth started strongly in their usually manner and peppered shots towards David De Gea from all kind of positions.

Jose Mourinho's most trusted general Nemanja Matić throughout the match was found with no goal as he was very slow and sluggish.

Perhaps Mourinho could do with playing Herrera from the start of clashes as his tenacity could be infectious on the rest of the team.

And that is the worst part - it is hard to explain.

"The United manager came out after the game and suggested his players had not followed his instructions as they started the game so slowly, but it is his job to get them motivated and ready for battle and all too often, they fail to get going from the first whistle".

In the end, Nathan Ake was unable to stop Paul Pogba assist Rashford for the winning goal, but nevertheless, it was a superb performance from the Dutch defender.

Mandzukic missed the win over Cagliari due to a niggling ankle injury and the Croatian global was unable to take part in the full training session on Sunday so it remains to be seen whether he'll be fit to face United. Even Netherlands should pay attention, as he could become one of their starting centre-backs, too.

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