MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United continued their excellent run for the reason that World Cup with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday.
Casemiro scored his first aim at Outdated Trafford to place United forward within the first half earlier than Luke Shaw completed off a transfer he began to make it 2-0 shortly after half-time. Marcus Rashford obtained a 3rd late on to make it six straight wins for Man United in all aggressive matches.
With the outcome, Man United transfer into third whereas Bournemouth sit at fifteenth on the Premier League desk.
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1. Are Man United quietly placing collectively a title problem?
The consensus is that if supervisor Erik ten Hag can get United into the highest 4 and again into the Champions League then it might symbolize a great return from his first season in cost. However possibly — simply possibly — he is considering larger.
Arsenal and Manchester Metropolis are the favourites to win the Premier League title — and rightly so — however United have now received their final six video games in all competitions and are on a run of 1 loss of their final 16 video games.
Tuesday’s victory over Bournemouth put Ten Hag’s staff on 35 factors, degree with Newcastle in a tie for third place with a sport in hand.
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There are many the reason why United will not win the league — they might do with a striker within the January switch window and the 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa in early November is a current reminder that they’re nonetheless able to producing a horror efficiency.
However there are additionally some compelling the reason why they could be capable to problem the leaders within the second half of the season. In Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro, they’ve three of the most effective defensive gamers within the league. The squad is, for now, additionally comparatively wholesome, and Rashford is in type after scoring in 4 video games in a row.
On the very least, Ten Hag has given United followers motive to suppose a title cost between now and Could is feasible.
2. Casemiro is already Ten Hag’s most essential participant
Varane, Martinez and Christian Eriksen are having good seasons at Outdated Trafford — however there isn’t a yet another essential to United than Casemiro. It took some time for the Brazilian to win a spot within the staff after his summer season transfer from Actual Madrid, however now he is the primary title on the staff sheet.
He took his aim in opposition to Bournemouth with such ease that you could possibly be forgiven for considering it was a easy probability — but it surely confirmed the 30-year-old’s high quality that he was capable of information Eriksen’s free kick into the web with the facet of his foot.
Casemiro did the remainder of his job with quiet effectivity too — mopping up in entrance of the again 4, profitable the ball again and passing it on to gamers in entrance of him.
Requested just lately why he thought Actual Madrid had been keen to let Casemiro go away in the summertime, Ten Hag might solely smile and reply “I’m glad they did.”
Within the 16 video games Casemiro has began this season, United have saved 10 clear sheets. There stays a debate about whether or not Ten Hag has sufficient targets in his squad following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, however they’re in secure arms on the again.
3. Bournemouth’s O’Neil learns it is powerful on the high
Bournemouth received their final two video games earlier than the World Cup break by an combination rating of 7-1, and two weeks later Gary O’Neil signed an 18-month deal to grow to be their everlasting supervisor. However for the reason that restart, Bournemouth have performed 4, misplaced 4, conceded eight and scored none.
If he did not know already, O’Neil is discovering out simply how powerful soccer administration might be. The previous Portsmouth and West Ham midfielder solely must hold Bournemouth up this season, however that is simpler stated than achieved.
Defeat at Outdated Trafford leaves Bournemouth fifteenth within the desk, however solely two factors above the relegation locations as groups under like Nottingham Forest and Wolves are beginning to decide up factors.
O’Neil, a debut supervisor, can thank Frank Lampard — whose Everton staff misplaced 4-1 at dwelling to Brighton on Tuesday — for maintaining the highlight off him for now. But when outcomes do not flip round quickly, then the cut-throat nature of the Premier League means it will not be lengthy earlier than he begins to come back underneath stress.
Bournemouth’s dwelling sport in opposition to Forest on Jan. 21 might be pivotal in deciding which league they’re enjoying in subsequent season.
Man United: David De Gea 7, Aaron Wan-Bissaka 6, Luke Shaw 8, Victor Lindelof 7, Harry Maguire 7, Casemiro 8, Christian Eriksen 7, Donny van de Beek 6, Brun Fernandes 6, Marcus Rashford 6, Anthony Martial 6.
Subs: Scott McTominay 6, Fred 6, Diogo Dalot 6, Anthony Elanga 6., Lisandro Martinez 6.
Bournemouth: Mark Travers 6, Adam Smith 5, Chris Mepham 6, Lloyd Kelly 6, Marcos Senesi 5, Lewis Prepare dinner 6, Jefferson Lerma 5, Jaidon Anthony 6, Philip Billing 5, Ryan Christie 6, Dominic Solanke 5.
Subs: Jack Stacey 6, Siriki Dembele 6, Kieffer Moore 6, Joe Rothwell 6.
Finest and worst performers
BEST: Casemiro, Manchester United
He was run shut by Shaw however the Brazilian was spectacular in midfield and took his aim fantastically.
WORST: Dominic Solanke, AFC Bournemouth
Utterly misplaced Casemiro for United’s first aim and did not affect the sport on the different finish.
Highlights and notable moments
Within the twenty third minute, Casemiro scored his first aim at Outdated Trafford since becoming a member of Manchester United, his second total for the membership.
Midfielder Christian Eriksen despatched a protracted free kick into the field, which Casemiro ran onto and coolly knocked in.
Casemiro luggage his first aim at Outdated Trafford for @ManUtd! 🇧🇷
— Premier League USA (@PLinUSA) January 3, 2023
Shortly after the break, Man United doubled their lead.
Luke Shaw discovered the end on a well-worked staff aim with touches from Bruno Fernandes and Alejandro Garnacho earlier than the aim.
They do not name him Luke Shawberto for nothing. 🤯
— NBC Sports activities Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) January 3, 2023
Marcus Rashford added a 3rd for Manchester United late, and it was a snug victory for the house facet.
After the match: What the gamers and managers stated
Man United supervisor Erik ten Hag: “Today it was not our best game. We have to be honest, we didn’t play that smart as a team. We made great goals, but at times we were quite lucky, and some great saves from David [de Gea]. We could have been smarter as a team.”
Ten Hag: “We have to go from game-to-game. The next game is a cup one, but we want to win every game. That has to be the approach. We don’t want to look any further — focus on that, it will be a tough game.”
Man United full-back Luke Shaw: “The strides we are taking are going in the right direction that we want. There is still a lot to improve on but things are looking really good and positive. We feel like the belief and confidence is back, and you can feel it around the place, not just with the players and the staff but you can feel it in the stadium and around the fans. Hopefully they are enjoying it at the moment but I feel there is a lot more to come and hopefully we can keep putting smiles on people’s faces.”
Bournemouth supervisor Gary O’Neil: “It wasn’t a 3-0 game. I think we had maybe six or seven chances but obviously Manchester United had some as well. We need to be sure that we produce that every week.”
Key stats (offered by ESPN Stats & Info)
Casemiro scored his second aim with Manchester United after 22 video games. With Actual Madrid, he didn’t rating his first aim in any competitors till his fiftieth sport.
Marcus Rashford has scored in six straight video games performed at Outdated Trafford (one every since Oct. 27, 2022). He had simply 5 targets in his earlier 24 video games performed at Outdated Trafford courting to Could 18, 2021.
Manchester United: The Purple Devils have a fast turnaround to Friday’s FA Cup motion once they host Everton on Jan. 6 (stream reside on ESPN+ at 3 p.m. ET). Then they keep put and host Charlton Athletic on Jan. 10 within the Premier League.
AFC Bournemouth: The Cherries will shift focus to the FA Cup once they host Burnley on Saturday, Jan. 7 (stream reside on ESPN+ at 10 a.m. ET). Then they head to Brentford for Premier League motion on Saturday, Jan. 14.