Bournemouth – Manchester United: Second half recovery and switch to 4-2-3-1 earns United late win (1-2)

Manchester United had yet another slow start to a game and were slightly flattered by a 1-1 scoreline at half-time, having been outplayed by Bournemouth. Again though, they found their footing in the second half with a more direct approach. After threatening the Bournemouth goal several times, United finally got a winner in the final minutes from substitute Marcus Rashford.

Bournemouth’s form in the first ten games of the season has allowed them to temporarily displace Manchester United from the top six of the Premier League table. That shouldn’t be the case for too much longer, but aside from United’s disappointing performances this season, it is also testament to the work Eddie Howe has done in putting together this Bournemouth team. One of the key factors in their strong performances this season has been their attacking midfielder/winger David Brooks, who seems to have taken the step up from Championship football in his stride.

For Manchester United, this game was the first in a testing week which sees them visiting Juventus and Manchester City. Manager José Mourinho made just one change from the team that started against Everton, bringing Alexis Sánchez back in the team - as a striker -  to replace Marcus Rashford. Mourinho has been looking for the right mix up front all season long, with Romelu Lukaku having been out of form, and now injured.

Bournemouth also made one change after their 3-0 demolition of Fulham, with Junior Stanislas replacing Charlie Daniels, meaning Adam Smith moved to a left-back role and Stanislas occupied the right wing in Eddie Howe’s 4-2-3-1 shape.

Bournemouth's 4-2-3-1 shape when attacking. Manchester . . .

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Josh Manley (20) is a student and aspiring coach. Heavily interested in tactics and strategy in football. Watching teams from all top European leagues, but especially Manchester United and Barcelona. [ View all posts ]

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