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.
WATCH: 5 Players Manchester United Could Sell In Summer
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.
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.