Bournemouth striker Josh King was the matchwinner against his former club, as the Cherries beat Manchester United beat 1-0 today at a wet and windy Vitality Stadium.
Manchester United went into this fixture having won three away games on the trot and started brightly, although a lack of quality in the final third stopped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men from creating any clear cut chances, and as the half went on and the conditions worsened both sides began to cancel each other out.
That all changed on the stroke of half-time though when United academy graduate King took advantage of some questionable defending from Aaron Wan-Bissaka to hook home from close range.
After the teams emerged for the second half it became clear that Bournemouth were happy to try and protect their lead and play on the counter. That, of course, put the onus on United to break them down and aside from substitute Mason Greenwood hitting the post from a tight angle, Solskjaer’s side once again looked devoid of creativity against a team defending deep.
Solskjaer has now lost more PL games as a manager than Jurgen Klopp, despite taking charge of 104 fewer games.
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) November 2, 2019
Speaking after the game United boss Solskjaer admitted his side are disappointed to come away from the south coast empty handed, having gone into the game full of confidence.
‘You are always very down when you lose and considering the form we were in we were hoping to take the three points. It is a step back for us today, but we need to shake it off and go again,” Solskjaer told BBC’s MOTD.
‘We could not capitalize on the good start and a moment of magic won the game for them, sometimes you just hold up your hands and say: ‘Well done’.
‘Mason Greenwood was unlucky when he hit the post, I saw him scoring those chances more than missing them, but he will come good. In games like this one it is so important get the first goal and they did it’.