Manchester United showed everyone what they can do whenever they are in their best elements with a comfortable 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday night. The Red Devils produced a performance completely different from the shambolic display in their home loss to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.
The wonderful performance and response from the United players should gladden Mourinho’s heart ahead of a tough FA Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.
Paul Pogba proved his critics wrong with one of his best performance in the colours of United, another player that has been severely criticised this season Ander Herrera was sumptuous as he dictated play and controlled the midfield like he owned it.
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Manchester United Player Ratings:
David De Gea, 6/10
Had very little to do as a result of the dominant display put up by Mourinho’s men. The home team offered very limited threat which was comfortably dealt with by the goalkeeper.
Matteo Darmian, 5/10
The Italian was a bit shaky and was caught out of position on a number of occasions, he struggled to support the attack but overall he put up a decent shift and will surely get better with more playing time under his belt.
Chris Smalling, 7/10
He scored the first goal in the 28th minute, after making an intelligent run into the opponent’s vital area. Smalling had a good game, his passes from the back were neat and crisp. He also defended well whenever he was called into action.
Phil Jones, 7/10
He was United’s last line of defence just before the goalkeeper, though this restricted his attacking forays, his defensive display was cool and assured. He was always at the right place at the time to snuff out any danger from the opposing team’s attack.
Luke Shaw, 5/10
He was not particularly convincing in defence and almost conceded a penalty, but was industrious and boisterous going forward. He supported the attack quite well but needs to work more on his defensive competence to convince Mourinho for a regular starting berth.
Marouane Fellaini, 6/10
The Afro hair styled Belgian helped Manchester United control the midfield, even though he wasn’t as elegant as compatriots Pogba and Herrera in midfield, he did the simple things right and kept the midfield ticking for the Red Devils.
Ander Herrera, 8/10
The Ander Herrera we saw in the Bournemouth game was miles different in class from the one we saw against West Bromwich Albion. He was perhaps the key player in Manchester United dominant display. His passes and attacking runs were oozing brilliance and intelligence. He was just irresistible on the night. He was replaced by Matic in the 72nd minute.
Paul Pogba, 9/10
Displays like this remind us why he is one of the most expensive midfielders in the world, his passing accuracy was splendid and his range of passing was tantalizing. Pogba silenced his critics by giving us a sniff of what he is capable of on a good day. He was also the architect of Romelu Lukaku’s 70th-minute goal for Manchester United. He was substituted for Daley Blind in the 80th minute.
Jesse Lingard, 7/10
He was full of running and dynamism on the right flank and provided the assist in Smalling’s opener for United. He was equally available to help out with defensive duties on several occasions. He was replaced by Lukaku in the 62nd minute.
Anthony Martial, 7/10
He was a terror to the Cherries defence, he took on players, made intelligent runs into the box and also laid brilliant passes for teammates. Martial was a handful on the night.
Marcus Rashford, 7/10
He was elegant and skilful in possession, Rashford leads the line comfortably and connected seamlessly with United’s midfield. He was equally tenacious in attack and helped United dominate the game.
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Romelu Lukaku, 7/10
he made an intelligent run into the box and produced an elegant close-range finish for the Red Devil’s second goal. He was bullish as ever and seem to have a knack for scoring against Bournemouth, as he scored four goals in one game against them for Everton last season.
Nemanja Matic, 6/10
He helped United to comfortably see out the game with a composed midfield display.
Daley Blind, 4/10
Seemed out of sort and rhythm due to lack of match time, he had a funny miskick late in the match.