Man Utd 0:3 Bournemouth: Bruno Fernandes Suspended for Liverpool Clash

Man Utd 0:3 Bournemouth: Bruno Fernandes Suspended for Liverpool Clash

Elijah Odetokun
updated at December 9, 2023 at 5:19 PM
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  • Manchester United lost 3-0 to AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford
  • Captain Bruno Fernandes picked up his fifth yellow card of the season
  • The Red Devils play archrivals Liverpool next in the Premier League

Bruno Fernandes compounded Manchester United’s woes in their 3-0 loss to AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford by picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

United came into the game off the back of a dominant 2-1 victory over Chelsea to maintain their 10-year unbeaten run against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Chelsea Academy graduate Dominic Solanke opened the scoring with a brilliant backheel goal off Lewis Cook’s cross after Sofyan Amrabat and Harry Maguire’s misplaced passes.

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Bruno Fernandes looks dejected after Manchester United's 3-0 loss to Bournemouth at Old Trafford. Photo by Clive Brunskill.
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Philip Billing and Marco Sensei scored the other goals in the second half. Bournemouth had a goal disallowed after Dango Ouattara was adjudged to have touched the ball.

Fernandes to miss Liverpool clash

Next for Erik ten Hag’s side in the Premier League is a trip to Anfield to face rivals, Liverpool, at the same ground they were whitewashed 7-0 last season.

They will be without their captain Bruno Fernandes Fernandes after 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.

In midweek comes the final group game of the UEFA Champions League group stage against Bayern Munich, who were also beaten in their German Bundesliga 5-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt.

United will have to beat Bayern to boost their chances of making it out of the group.

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Fernandes deployed as centre-back

Sports Brief previously reported that Bruno Fernandes played as centre-back in the final minutes of Manchester United's 3-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Ten Hag reshuffled the team in the second half, with Fernandes pushed to right centre-back to utilise his ball-moving skills to push the ball higher up the pitch.

United fans send message to players

Sports Brief previously reported on United fans' message to the players before their 1-0 scrappy win over Fulham away at Craven Cottage.

The fans had enough of the poor result and lacklustre performance and displayed a banner during warm-up asking the players to play like they meant it.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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