Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened

Despite an unspeakably dreadful first-half performance, Manchester United came from behind to nick all three points at the Vitality Stadium

United 'very, very lucky' in first half says Mourinho

Match report: Bournemouth 1-2 Man United

Ed Aarons was our man watching a game of two halves at the Vitality Stadium and sent this report on the final whistle.

Jose Mourinho speaks: “It was not just the start,” he says, when asked about his team’s bad start. “It was all the first half. At half-time I thought I was the luckiest manager in the Premier League. To be 1-1, when perhaps we should have been five or six two down. We were defensively awful. Awful. I thought people watching this game wouldn’t believe how hard we’d trained this week. Then in the second half it was the exact opposite. It was impossible to play worse than we did before. The team performed much better.”

Asked about his team’s consistently bad starts to games: “I can’t understand it,” he says. “My staff said the warm-up was the best we’ve had. I love the song ‘Attack! Attack! Attack!’ [sung by fans] but you also need defensive stability and we didn’t have that today. I really can’t understand the kind of mentality that brings me more white hair.”

Ander Herrera speaks: “Yes I think they were much better in the first half, but we were much better in the second,” he says, upon being asked why United are such consistently slow starters. “We gifted the first 25 minutes away again and that makes our job much more difficult. I want to be a whole game team, not just a second half team. We need to speak about it in the dressing room. We need to improve on the first 20 or 25 minutes. We want to be a team that plays well for the whole game.”

Considering it’s their manager who forces United to play with the handbrake until they go behind, I’m not sure Jose Mourinho will appreciate Herrera’s rather forthright comments. It was Herrera’s introduction that freed Paul Pogba to get forward and help United to take control of this game.

Post-match niceties: The reaction of both managers should be interesting, so stay tuned for them. Jose Mourinho was visibly appalled by his team’s first half performance and remained completely stony-faced as his team celebrated their late, late winner. Eddie Howe, by contrast, must be very proud of his team’s effort, but baffled by the fact they somehow managed to lose.

Full-time: Bournemouth 1-2 Man United

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeep!!! Well, well, well. After a first half in which they were little short of dreadful, Manchester United have come from behind to steal all three points against Bournemouth. A much improved second half performance gives them the win in a terrific game that could easily have gone either way.


90+3 min: Astonishing scenes at the Vitality Stadium, where Marcus Rashford takes advantage of Ake’s lack of height. Paul Pogba had cantered down the left flank and looped in a cross that the 5ft 11in centre-half couldn’t quite reach. The ball was subsequently chested down by Rashford, who was lurking behind him and the striker smashed it past Begovic from close range.

Rashford celebrates after his injury-time goal.
Rashford celebrates after his injury-time goal. Photograph: John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images


GOAL! Bournemouth 1-2 Man Utd (Rashford 90+2)

Scenes! Manchester United nick a winner at the death.

Marcus Rashford’s shot beats Begovic.
Marcus Rashford’s shot beats Begovic. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters


90+2 min: Bournemouth win a corner, but the delivery from Stanislas is poor and Rashford clears.

90 min: Begovic saves well with his feet from Jesse Lingard after the substitute was put through on goal by Ander Herrera. It was a rushed effort by Lingard, who should have done better.

88 min: On BT Sport, Jermaine Jenas gives Nathan Ake his man of the match award. It’s hard to quibble with that, but I’d have had Callum Wilson, David Brooks and Anthony Martial on my short list too.

87 min: United attack up the right with Pogba and Rashford exchanging passes. The ball is switched to the left, where Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial have been consistently threatening for United. Bournemouth win possession, with Jordan Ibe breaking up the field. A promising move breaks down when David Brooks misplaces a pass.

85 min: Bournemouth win another throw-in deep in United territory as a very entertaining game of football approaches its final stages. Steve Cook throws long into the United penalty area, where David De Gea saves.

83 min: Ashley Young and Adam Smith get booked. The United player sees yellow for tripping the Bournemouth midfielder off the ball, while the Bournemouth full-back is cautioned for petulantly knocking the ball out of Young’s hands as he tried to take a throw-in.


82 min: Another slick, sharp, passing move by Bournemouth ends with the outstanding David Brooks bringing a good save out of David De Gea with a shot from the left.

80 min: Under no pressure whatsoever, Nathan Ake makes a pig’s ear of dealing with a speculative shot from long distance, forcing Asmir Begovic to scramble into action. The goalkeeper saves, while Ake apologises before laughing at the good of it all.

79 min: Now United win a corner, after Steve Cook intercepts a Paul Pogba cross from the left. Ashley Young’s inswinger fails to clear the man on the near post. Manchester United substitution from a few moments ago: Jesse Lingard on for a none-to-pleased Alexis Sanchez.

78 min: Bournemouth win another corner, which Junior Stanislas sends long towards the back stick. It’s a little too high for Nathan Ake and Steve Cook, who aren’t the tallest of centre-halves.

77 min: A good defensive header from Ander Herrera gives Bournemouth a corner, which Luke Shaw clears at the near post.

75 min: Jordan Ibe replaces Ryan Fraser and runs on to the pitch and hands a note to Junior Stanislas. The Bournemouth winger reads the message and stows the piece of paper its written on in his sock.

73 min: Steve Cook boots the ball upfield after a neat passing move down the left flank by Martial and Luke Shaw. United have Bournemouth on the ropes here - both teams are unrecognisable from the versions of themselves that played the opening 45 minutes.

71 min: I’ve just seen a replay of those three United’s chances in quick succession. Ashley Young’s free-kick was outstanding, but cannoned off the angle of crossbar and upright, bouncing perfectly for Marcus Rashford. His thumping shot from seven yards out was heroically blocked by Nathan Ake, who was powerless to stop the ball falling at the feet of Pogba. From about three yards out, his effort to steer the ball goalwards was hacked off the line by David Brooks, who showed brilliant foresight to get back on the line and clear.

David Brooks clears the shot from Pogba.
David Brooks clears the shot from Pogba. Photograph: TGSPhoto/REX/Shutterstock


70 min: Stanislas and Gosling link up on the edge of the United penalty area but the ball bobbles wide off the substitute.

69 min: Bournemouth substitution: Dan Gosling on for Lewis Cook.

68 min: Manchester United attack on the break and Marcus Rashford is one-on-one in a foot race with Nathan Ake. The Bournemouth defender just about does enough to steer a backpass towards his goalkeeper, who clears.

67 min: Having been thoroughly outclassed in the first half, Manchester United are in complete control. Ander Herrera, who has had a huge influence since coming on, attempts to curl a left-footed shot inside the upright, but wafts a good effort just wide.

64 min: So close!!! Ashley Young’s free-kick hits the angle of upright and cross-bar and the ball rebounds into the path of Marcus Rashford. Scoring looks a formality, but his shot from seven or eight yards is brilliantly blocked by Nathan Ake. The ball’s fired goalwards again, this time by Paul Pogba. David Brooks hacks clear off the line.

63 min: Junior Stanislas is booked for some indiscretion or other and Manchester United have a free-kick wide on the left, in line with the edge of the Bournemouth penalty area.

61 min: Paul Pogba tees up Ander Herrera for a shot from the fringes of the Bournemouth penalty area. He wraps his boot around the ball, but his low drive spins wide of the right upright. Much, much better from United in this second half. They’re giving Bournemouth plenty to think about and have them on the back foot.

59 min: A downward header from Chris Smalling in the Bournemouth penalty area bounces up for Alexis Sanchez. He tries to steer a header goalwards, but Asmir Begovic saves well from point-blank range.

58 min: Jefferson Lerma gets booked for a foul on Ander Herrera. Adam Smith offers his views on what he sees as the harshness of the caution and is given a ticking-off by the referee for his impertinence.

57 min: “Manchester United are going more direct now. They’re trying to get the ball in behind the Bournemouth defence and they’re posing plenty of problems,” says BT Sport punditry’s Jermaine Jenas.

56 min: Jose Mourinho rings the changes. Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera come on for Juan Mata and Fred.

55 min: Manchester United go close twice in quick succession. The best attempt is thwarted by Asmir Begovic, who saves excellently from Luke Shaw after the United left-back had played a good one-two with Juan Mata.

Anthony Martial is beaten to the ball by Asmir Begovic.
Anthony Martial is beaten to the ball by Asmir Begovic. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters


54 min: Luke Shaw gets booked for a deliberate handball as he breaks down another Bournemouth counter-attack.

53 min: Anthony Martial tries to curl one into the top corner, but his effort is blocked.

52 min: Bournemouth win a corner, their slick, sharp passing down the right forcing Smalling to put the ball out of play. The ball’s played towards Ake, who heads wide under pressure. Goal kick for Manchester United.

51 min: Chance! Woeful defending from Ashley Young and Chris Smalling, who allow Ryan Fraser to scythe through the penlaty area and pull the ball back to David Brooks. His shot from close range is saved well by David De Gea. It beggars belief that Bournemouth are not winning this match.

David de Gea gets down well to make the save from Brooks.
David de Gea gets down well to make the save from Brooks. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters


49 min: Fraser gives the ball away again with a rogue pass, which leads to Anthony Martial picking up a pass on the left flank. He advances, drifting inside before crossing a ball which is intercepted, when perhaps he should have shot.

48 min: Paul Pogba marauds through the middle after Ryan Fraser gives the ball away, but meets an immovable object in the form of Steve Cook.

46 min: Anthony Martial jinks into the Bournemouth penalty area after good work by United down the left. He takes the ball past Simon Francis and shapes to cross or shoot, but the Bournemouth skipper recovers well to steal the ball away from him before he can do so.

Second half: Bournemouth 1-1 Man Utd

46 min: Bournemouth get the ball rolling for the second half. BT Sport pundit Paul Scholes suggests Manchester United need to make changes at the back if they are to keep themselves in the game. “It was a really poor first half from United,” says Harry Redknapp. There are no changes in personnel on either side just yet.

Half-time: Bournemouth 1-1 Man Utd

Peep! The teams troop off for their half-time brew and both managers will address their teams with mixed emotions. Eddie Howe will be very proud of how his team has performed, but baffled by the fact they’re somehow not winning. Jose Mourinho, by contrast, will almost certainly be appalled by his team’s efforts, but thanking his lucky stars they’re not behind and still in the contest.

45+2 min: Fred throws himself to the ground feigning an injury to his leg after a non-challenge and his embarrassing charade marks a fitting end to a borderline shameful first half performance from Manchester United. They’re level on the scoreboard, courtesy of their one decent passage of play, but have been thoroughly outclassed by Bournemouth, whose finishing has let them down.

Fred feigns an injury.
Fred feigns an injury. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters


45+1 min: Mata and Sanchez link up on the edge of the Bournemouth penalty area and the former has a shot blocked. “Bournemouth are living a little dangerously here,” says BT Sport commentator Ian Darke.

44 min: The whistle blows and Stanislas waits an eternity before taking his run-up and curling an effort straight into the Manchester United defensive wall. Not good enough, young man.

42 min: Ryan Fraser brings a save out of De Gea with an effort that leads to a Bournemouth corner. Junior Stanislas arrows the ball into the penalty area, trying to pick out Nathan Ake. Bournemouth win another corner when Fred clears the ball over the roof of the stand. From the corner, Bournemouth win a free-kick in a dangerous position for a Fred push on Lewis Cook. Junior Stanislas stands over the ball, directly in front of the United goal about 25 yards out.

40 min: Manchester United have done well to drag themselves back into contention in this game. Now Mata has a chance, but drags a speculative effort wide of the upright after latching on to a Sanchez header.

37 min: Luke Shaw is lucky to avoid a booking for a cynical foul on David Brooks high up the pitch that puts an end to a Bournemouth counter-attack.

GOAL! Bournemouth 1-1 Man Utd (Martial 35)

It’s level at the Vitality Stadium: After good work from Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young squares the ball to Martial just inside the penalty area. The in-form striker makes no mistake as he rifles the ball past Begovic. Somehow, Manchester United are level.

Anthony Martial fires in the equaliser.
Anthony Martial fires in the equaliser. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters


33 min: Nemanja Matic concedes a corner at one end, moments after Fred had squandered a good chance to equalise at the other. He shot tamely at a defender from about 20 yards after getting on the end of a cross from the left. Within seconds, Bournemouth had broke up the field on the counter with a four-on-three.

32 min: Paul Pogba concedes another free-kick, but avoids a booking. He’s having a nightmare here.

32 min: Wilson and Brooks link up on the left touchline for Bournemouth after the former is allowed to collect another long delivery from the back unchallenged.

31 min: There’s a pause in play as Ryan Fraser receives treatment following a “robust” challenge by Paul Pogba.

29 min: On co-comms for BT Sport, Jermaine Jenas points out that in the build-up to that chance/penalty shout, Paul Pogba was standing motionless in midfield as Lewis Cook and Ryan Fraser played the one-two around him that freed the Scottish international down the left touchline to get his excellent cross into the penalty area.

27 min: Hmmm ... that penalty decision - Bournemouth fans will insist Luke Shaw had his hands on Brooks and shoved him to the ground, while their United counterparts will argue it was a 50-50 challenge. I’ve seen penalties given for a lot less, but I think in this instance the ref probably got it right.

David Brooks goes down under a challenge from Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.
David Brooks goes down under a challenge from Manchester United’s Luke Shaw. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters


25 min: David Brooks goes down in the Manchester United penalty area while trying to get on the end of a cross from the left wing by Ryan Fraser. It looked like he was barged over by Luke Shaw and Bournemouth should have got a penalty, but I’ll need to see a replay to be sure.

23 min: Junior Stanislas brings a smart save out of David De Gea with a shot from the edge of the penalty area after picking up a nice pass from Simon Francis. With a just over a quarter of the game gone, Manchester United are a complete shambles.

22 min: Another touch for Pogba, who immediately gives the ball away to Simon Francis.

21 min: Paul Pogba, who I was beginning to think might have been left behind in the dressing-room, finally gets a touch in midfield. He plays a short pass to Anthony Martial on the touchline.

19 min: Steve Cook plays a long cross-field to Adam Smith on the left touchline. He cuts inside and unleashes a shot-come-cross. Chris Smalling leaves it for David De Gea to deal with, while the goalkeeper thought his centre-half was going to take charge. The ball eventually bobbles wide and the two Manchester United players glare at each other contemptuously. The score may only be 1-0, but their team is getting slaughtered here.

17 min: Ryan Fraser skips down the left touchline and plays the ball to Adam Smith on the byline. his cross is intercepted by Ashley Young, who is forced to play it long when none of his team-mates make a move to receive the pass. He makes his displeasure clear in the strongest possible terms.

14 min: Bournemouth are completely bossing this game and Manchester United will be on the wrong end of a hiding if they don’t get their act together here. David Brooks, Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas are running the show for Bournemouth here and Manchester United have no answers for them. The hosts are one up and could conceivably have scored three within the first 12 minutes.

13 min: Jose Mourinho won’t be pleased with the atrocious defending that led to that goal. Bournemouth took a corner, which was only half-cleared. The ball fell to Junior Stanislas on the inside right flank and – completely unmarked - he sent in a cross which was stabbed home from close range by Callum Wilson.

GOAL! Bournemouth 1-0 Man Utd (Wilson 12)

Bournemouth take the lead! Callum Wilson fires Bournemouth ahead and it’s no more than they deserve.

An unmarked Callum Wilson slots in the opener.
An unmarked Callum Wilson slots in the opener. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters
Wilson’s shot leaves De Gea rooted to the spot.
Wilson’s shot leaves De Gea rooted to the spot. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters


10 min: Bournemouth carve Manchester United open again after excellent play from David Brooks, who dinks a neat through-ball into the penalty area for Junior Stanislas. He should score, but shoots tamely and his shot is deflected wide.

10 min: Good defending from Jefferson Lerma, who gets back to shepherd the ball out of play as Alexis Sanchez was loitering with intent on the byline.

9 min: Manchester United win a corner, which Juan Mata sends into the mixer. Begovic catches comfortably.

7 min: Asmir Begovic gets the ball at his feet and launches a bomb down the pitch that lands on the edge of the final third. Callum Wilson wins the ball and plays it wide. Ashley Young puts the ball out of play for a corner, then hunkers down with some manner of injury. He’s fit to continue and nothing comes of the corner, which Manchester United clear.

6 min: Chris Smalling had a bit of a shocker there, allowing Fraser to bamboozle him as he collected a cross-field pass from Callum Wilson as the Cherries broke upfield. Bournemouth should be one up.

4 min: Chance!!! With Bournemouth on the counter-attack, Ryan Fraser is put clean through on goal with only David De Gea to beat. He shoots tamely at the Manchester United goalkeeper, who saves well with his legs.

2 min: David De Gea gets an early touch and launches the ball down the left wing. No playing it out from the back there. Paul Pogba wins a free-kick when he’s fouled by Jefferson Lerma.

Bournemouth v Man Utd is go ...

1 min: Manchester United kick off and it immediately looks like Alexis Sanchez will be playing through the middle for Jose Mourinho’s side. Early doors, he chases to keep an Ashley Young pass in play, fails to do so and ends up vaulting the advertising hoarding and sitting on the lap of a lady sitting in the front row of the stand. They have a laugh together, he pats her on the head and returns to the pitch.

Not long now ...

The teams march out on to the Vitality Stadium sward, with both skippers – Ashley Young and Simon Francis – carrying poppy wreaths, which they present to a pair of visiting soldiers to mark Remembrance Day.

Bournemouth’s players line up in their usual home kit of black and red stripes, black shorts and black socks. Manchester United’s players wear whitey-pink shirts, shorts and socks. Having lined up with five at the back against Fulham last week, Bournemouth go with a four today.

Before kick-off, there’s a period of perfectly observed silence for Remembrance Day (and as a tribute for those who lost their lives at Leicester’s King Power Stadium last weekend), followed by a rendition of The Last Post for Remembrance Day.

Manchester United observe the minute’s silence.
Manchester United observe the minute’s silence. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters


Jose Mourinho speaks ...

Asked if he’s worried about Bournemouth’s momentum: “Our momentum is not bad,” the Manchester United boss tells BT Sport. “We won, in the last month of October, two matches in the Premier League and we drew the one we most deserved to win.”

On Romelu Lukaku’s omission and Marcus Rashford being benched: “Alexis will start,” he says. “Lukaku yesterday in training, after the press conference so I wasn’t lying, he felt something that needs to be studied in the next few days. So Alexis starts.”

On a big week for Manchester United, with games to come against Juventus and Manchester City: “It’s important, but in this moment in the Premier League we need points,” he says. “Points are the same against every team. We’re not saying Manchester City is more important than this game here. Every game is important.”

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On BT Sport ...

Paul Scholes and Harry Redknapp are this afternoon’s pundits in the BT Sport studio and comedy’s Justin Moorhouse has noticed something ...

Lukaku absent from Man United’s squad

The Belgian striker, who has scored eight goals in six starts against Bournemouth, is a conspicuous absentee from Manchester United’s matchday squad and Jose Mourinho has explained his omission to BT Sport.

“In training yesterday, after the press conference, he felt something that needs to be studied in the next couple of days,” he said. “So Lukaku has not come and we decided to start with Alexis.” It is actually Marcus Rashford drops to the bench to make way for Sanchez.

Bournemouth make on change to the side that beat Fulham last week. Charlie Daniels drops to the bench and Junior Stanislas starts.


Bournemouth v Manchester United line-ups ...

Bournemouth: Begovic, Francis, Steve Cook, Ake, Smith, Lewis Cook, Lerma, Fraser, Brooks, Wilson, Stanislas.

Subs: Boruc, Gosling, Surman, Mousset, Ibe, Daniels, Defoe.

Man Utd: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Martial, Sanchez.

Subs: Jones, Rashford, Lingard, Ander Herrera, Romero, Darmian, McTominay.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire)

Paul Tierney
Paul Tierney is tasked with maintaining order at the Vitality Stadium this afternoon. Photograph: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images

The weekend starts here ...

Greetings all and welcome to the Guardian’s minute-by-minute coverage of the early afternoon clash between Bournemouth and Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium. Kick-off is at 12.30pm (GMT other time zones are available), but stay tuned for team news and build-up before the ball gets rolling.

Vitality Stadium
The Vitality Stadium, where Bournemouth take on Manchester United this afternoon. Photograph: Phil Duncan/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock