Following the result, Jose Mourinho’s side are still 11 points adrift Manchester City, who notched up a 15th straight victory to stay atop. Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal for the Mancunian club, as they hung on to another clean sheet.
Here’s how Jose Mourinho’s men fared during the crunch encounter against Eddie Howe’s side at the Theatre Of Dreams:
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David de Gea: 8
The Spaniard made six saves to mark his authority once again. A clean sheet will give him a lot of confidence, especially after the derby defeat.
Antonio Valencia: 6
The Ecuadorian had a decent game and made some good runs in search of creation, which wasn’t up to the mark. Defensively, he had a decent show.
Chris Smalling: 6
He has been playing match after match for the club, and despite the fatigue, he looked sharp and put in a commendable show.
Phil Jones: 8
The English international put in a solid show at the back since his return from injury, and his interceptions and tackles were brilliant.
Luke Shaw: 8
His first start in the Premier League was a notable one. His positioning was noteworthy, and his runs forward were laudable.
Scott McTominay: 8
The youngster made the most of his chances and was a dictating figure in midfield. His interpretation and passes were spot on.
Nemanja Matic: 5
The Serbian’s positioning at times was brilliant, as he looked like strong and sturdy. Some misplaced passes and a handball marked some nervy moments too.
Juan Mata: 7
He enjoyed himself on the pitch, and his cut inwards led him to feed Romelu Lukaku for the solitary United goal.
Jesse Lingard: 6
Not the best of performance, but he showed industry and the zeal to give it all.
Anthony Martial: 5
Did not have the best of games. Should have buried the clear chance he received in front of goal, but he missed it.
Romelu Lukaku: 7
He looked much better after the dismal show against City. Scored a good goal from Mata’s cross and gave everything upfront.
Ander Herrera: 6
Replaced Lingard and did a decent job for his side after coming on, and made a notable challenge.
Marcus Rashford: 6
Had a close shave against the post. Otherwise could not get the better of Bournemouth players.
Ashley Young: 4
Appeared as a late substitute. Had very little to show.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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