Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men move just two points behind Chelsea at 5th place in the Premier league table as they dismantle AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford.
What a game, and what a performance this was yesterday by Manchester United.
I don’t remember the last time I was this absorbed in a United game for full 90 minutes with every minute bringing a new level of excitement.
The game itself began on an exciting level right from the first kick of the ball with Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth trying to find an early goal to build pressure on Solskjaer’s United.
And guess what, they even succeeded in doing that by scoring the opener of the game when Junior Stanislas nutmegged Harry Maguire and struck past David De Gea with superb finish to make it 1-0 for Bournemouth in the 16th minute.
Fortunately, things took a different turn real quick and our star-boy Mason Greenwood scored a brilliant equaliser with a beautiful finish from his left foot.
Soon, just a few minutes later, United managed to win a penalty against Bournemouth, with Rashford stepping up and scoring that penalty in style to give United a 2-1 lead.
Not that the nerves had settled in just yet, Anthony Martial pulled off something even incredible and arguably for me one of the goals of the season, with a brilliant curler down the right side of the goal.
And with that, United finished the first half with a cushion of 3-1
Half time saw Victor Lindelof getting subbed off for Eric Bailly with the boss telling later on that Victor had some issues with his back, but no major ones.
However, soon Bailly’s lack of game-time showed immediately on pitch as just moments after coming on pitch he ended up giving away a penalty to Bournemouth.
Josh King stepped up and took that penalty to close the gap down between the two teams to just 1 goal.
Again, in a moment when it seemed like pressure is starting to mount on United, our academy starlet Mason Greenwood stepped up big-time and scored a superb goal this time finishing with his right foot, to make it 4-2 for the Red Devils.
Say whatever you want, but I definitely see shades of Robin Van Persie in Mason, and he just might have the potential to be even better than Van Persie.
Now the final nail in the coffin was put up by our Portuguese magician Bruno Fernandes when he curled in a free kick in the 59th minute to make it 5-2 for United and sealed the win.
Talking point from the game
Our front 3
What if I tell you the combined goals of Greenwood, Rashford and Martial this season in all competitions is more than that of Salah, Mane and Firmino combined.
And one of those front three is dubbed as “best front 3 in the world” while the other having more goals is dubbed as “potential”.
In the recent games it has been proved for a fact that the front 3 of United is not to be taken lightly at any given moment.
And the statistics back that up as well:
- Manchester United now have three players with 15+ goals in all competitions (Greenwood, Martial, Rashford) for the first time since the 2012/13 season
- Manchester United now have two players to score 20 goals in all competitions (Martial & Rashford) for the first time since the 2010/11 season
- Manchester United have scored five goals in the Premier League at Old Trafford for the first time since December 2011
What’s next for United?
Next up for United is a trip to Villa Park on Friday, 10th June, for a match against 18th placed Aston Villa in the Premier League.