Player Ratings: Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho brought in seven changes to the Manchester United side post their defeat against West Bromwich Albion over the weekend. The team held on to an away 2-0 victory against Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Chris Smalling scored from a sublime Jesse Lingard cross and Romelu Lukaku added the second, which ensured second-placed United to derive some much-needed confidence ahead of the crucial semi-final encounter in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Here’s how Jose Mourinho’s men fared during the crunch encounter against Eddie Howe’s side away from home.

David de Gea: 7

The Spaniard had little to do besides a regular save from Ryan Fraser’s well taken shot.

Matteo Darmian: 4

Got a rare chance but couldn’t quite capitalise on it. Offered nothing when going forward and looked vulnerable in defence.

Chris Smalling: 7

Scored a crucial goal and made up for the early vulnerabilities in defence to grow into the game.

Phil Jones: 8

Made a comfortable return after an injury, as he looked purposeful, and confident making challenges and interceptions. Denied Callum Wilson with a sturdy challenge.

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Luke Shaw: 5

Looked steady, although could have done better with his crossing. Almost gave a penalty away, only for the referee to deny Bournemouth.

Ander Herrera: 8

The Spaniard was one of United’s best players on the pitch. Made that sublime pass for Lingard which, in turn, helped United take the lead.

Marouane Fellaini: 6

Tried to be physical and saw himself getting involved, but did not offer much in midfield.

Paul Pogba: 7

Played well at times going forward but lacked the cutting edge. Fed Lukaku a delightful pass later on to help United go 2-0 up.

Jesse Lingard: 7

Assisted Smalling for United’s opener besides showing the energy going forward. Was sloppy at times though.

Marcus Rashford: 6

Got into interesting positions and tested Asmir Begovic. Was a bit poor with his decision making at times.

Anthony Martial: 6

Looked lively at the start but started to lose that spark as the game progressed. Couldn’t quite create the impact he wanted to.

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Substitutions:

Romelu Lukaku: 7

Came in after the hour mark, and after missing a free-kick, latched on to Pogba’s pass to scoop the ball above Begovic for the second goal.

Nemanja Matic: 6

Replaced Herrera for the final 20 minutes and did a good job in holding the midfield.

Daley Blind: 4

Came in for the final 10 minutes and wasted a good opportunity to shoot after misplacing his kick.

 

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