Manchester United Crumble As Bournemouth Run Riot at Old Trafford

Manchester United Crumble As Bournemouth Run Riot at Old Trafford

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Manchester United's poor season took another turn with a heavy defeat to Bournemouth
  • Erik ten Hag's side offered no resistance compared to their last game against Chelsea
  • The loss comes on a week of a very definitive period for United's Champions League hopes

Manchester United suffered another severe reality check as they fell to a heavy 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth at Old Trafford on December 9.

Erik ten Hag's charges have blown hot and cold this season, with the Dutch tactician sometimes coming under severe pressure.

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Manchester United players leave the field dejected after their game against Bournemouth. Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images.
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They lost to Newcastle United in a lacklustre performance last week but bounced back to beat Chelsea in midweek.

The win over Mauricio Pochettino's men was one of the best the club has posted this season, with the West London side being overrun in almost every department.

That's why how the Cherries picked them apart in a slick performance on Saturday afternoon was astonishing.

Dominic Solanke opened the scoring after just four minutes before Philip Billing and Marcos Senesi added two quickfire second-half goals. Dango Ouattara came off the bench to add a fourth one in stoppage time, but the goal was chalked off for a handball in the buildup.

Fans reactions

The result drew sharp reactions from social media users, with @Tom_Adwar saying,

"Manchester United is full of average players(overhyped) coached by a clueless manager backed by delusional fans with zero ball knowledge."

@mpiredivine said:

"After they got Manager, Player and Goal of the month, I just knew they were heading for serious disaster."

Manchester United's next Premier League game will be a trip to Anfield - a ground they suffered a 7-0 defeat last season. Before that, they face Bayern Munich in the Champions League, needing nothing less than a win and favourable results elsewhere to progress.

Afterwards, they will play West Ham, then play high-flying Aston Villa.

Fernandes to miss Liverpool clash

For their game against Liverpool, they will be without their captain, Bruno Fernandes.

Sports Brief has reported that the Portuguese midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season for protesting to the referee after he waved a penalty call on Marcus Rashford and is suspended.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)