Manchester United – Bournemouth: Re-energized United Sweep Aside Bournemouth (4-1)
Manchester United dominated Bournemouth from the kick-off, utilizing their more aggressive and risky approach to facilitate beautiful attacking patterns and a new pressing game. Though many challenges lie ahead, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has managed to breathe new life into his beloved football club almost instantly.
Tactial analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first two games as Manchester United interim manager went about as well as he could have imagined. Perhaps the only improvement he would have wanted was a clean sheet, as United’s defense continues to leak goals.
He only made one change in defense to possibly facilitate that improvement, bringing Ashley Young into the eleven in the place of Diogo Dalot. Other than that, Solskjær focused on rotating his midfield; Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial returned to the side in United’s 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 system. Fred and Juan Mata were the ones to make way after aiding their team to a win over Huddersfield earlier this week.
After a promising start of the season for Eddie Howe’s side, Bournemouth’s form has taken a severe downturn. Eight defeats in ten games since the beginning of November makes for grim reading, although they remained just three points behind seventh-placed Wolves coming into this game.
Howe also made three changes to the team that lost 5-0 at Wembley on Boxing Day. Simon Francis, Jefferson Lerma, and Ryan Fraser dropped out of the team. In their place was Diego Rico, Josh King and Jordon Ibe, who featured in an unfamiliar role as a right wing-back in a 5-3-2 formation.
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