In the weekend’s early kick-off, Bournemouth welcomed Manchester United to the South Coast. Going into this game, both teams actually had the same amount of points (13), making this encounter an unlikely six-pointer. Manchester United started the better of the two, but it was Bournemouth who took the lead through a wonderful piece of individual brilliance by Josh King just before half time.
In the second half, Manchester United continued to push for an equaliser, however, they would come unstuck against a resilient Bournemouth side. The win sends the Cherries into sixth place, level on points with Arsenal. As for Manchester United, it’s another defeat and now officially their worst league start in over three decades.
Here are five talking points from Bournemouth’s 1-0 win over Manchester United.
#5 Penalty for Manchester United?
It’s been a tough start to the season for Manchester United. Questions over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s capability to manage the squad have arisen, as he’s led United to one of their worst starts in Premier League history. Many have also questioned the club’s recruitment policy, as no replacements were bought in for either Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez.
Instead, all goalscoring responsibilities have been heaped onto Marcus Rashford thus far. That hasn’t worked out, and instead United have had to rely on goals from dead-ball situations to score. This season already they’ve been awarded six penalties in the league, the most for any side.
Against Bournemouth, the Red Devils were looking for another spot-kick, as Anthony Martial threw himself to the ground after a slight tussle with Jefferson Lerma. This incident led to a mini scuffle as the Cherries felt the Frenchman was trying to con the referee into awarding a seventh penalty for United this season.