Man United 1 Bournemouth 0
Manchester United 1 AFC Bournemouth 0, Old Trafford, English Premier League, December 13, 2017. After suffering a humiliating 2-1 defeat against Manchester City three days earlier, Manchester United managed to beat Bournemouth 1-0. The winning and only goal of the game was netted by Belgium international Romelu Lukaku in the 26th minute of the tie.
Manchester United had been held to a disappointing and frustrating 1-1 draw against The Cherries at Old Trafford in the corresponding Premiership encounter of the 2016-17 season and Jose Mourinho´s men were highly determined to win all three points this time. Romelu Lukaku, who had joined Manchester United from Everton for an initial transfer fee of around £75 million at the beginning of the 2017-18 campaign, eventually scored what would prove to be the winner when the twenty-four-year-old goal plunderer headed a brilliantly delivered cross by Juan Mata past Bournemouth and Bosnia and Herzegovina international custodian Asmir Begovic and into the top right-hand corner of the net after twenty-six minutes of action. Mourinho decided to make three substitutions in the second period with Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, and Ashley Young coming on for Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, and Luke Shaw respectively, but none of them managed to make any significant impact on the match. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku, Scott McTominay, Anthony Martial. Substitutes: Victor Lindelof, Daley Blind, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford, Sergio Romero. Bournemouth Team: Asmir Begovic, Nathan Ake, Adam Smith, Charlie Daniels, Simon Francis, Dan Gosling, Harry Arter, Ryan Fraser, Junior Stanislas, Joshua King, Callum Wilson. Substitutes: Steve Cook, Lewis Cook, Drew Surman, Jordon Ibe, Benik Afobe, Jermain Defoe, Artur Boruc.
Romelu Lukaku Quickfacts
Romelu Lukaku hit 27 goals in 51 games for Manchester United in the 2017-18 season.