Man United 3 Bournemouth 1

Wayne Rooney

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 AFC Bourne­mouth 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, May 17, 2016. Louis van Gaal´s Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated Bourne­mouth 3-1 thanks to goals from Way­ne Roo­ney, Mar­cus Rash­ford, and late sub­sti­tute Ash­ley Young. Af­ter net­ting ag­ainst The Cher­ries, Roo­ney had now sco­red 100 goals in the Pre­mier Lea­gue at Old Trafford.

Man­chester Uni­ted had be­gun the 2015-16 Pre­mier Lea­gue cam­paign wi­th a clo­se 1-0 vic­tory over Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur at Old Traf­ford, wi­th the win­ner be­ing an own goal by Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al de­fender Kyle Walk­er. Af­ter gain­ing three points ag­ainst The Li­ly­whites, Uni­ted went on to win sev­en of their next twelve mat­ches and they were sit­ting fourth in the Pre­miership ta­ble in early Dec­ember. But their form dipped and they went five ga­mes with­out a win be­fore they righted the ship wi­th a 2-1 tri­umph ag­ainst Swansea City at Old Traf­ford in their fir­st fix­ture of 2016. The win over The Swans was fol­lowed by a 2-2 draw wi­th re­leg­a­tion threat­ened New­castle Uni­ted at St Ja­mes´ Park and a 1-0 suc­cess ag­ainst Liver­pool at An­field where Way­ne Roo­ney re­gistered the win­ning goal for the vis­it­ors wi­th twelve min­utes re­maining of nor­mal time. Man­chester United´s in­con­sist­ency con­tin­ued, tho­ugh, as they lost four of their next ten fix­tures, in­clud­ing a dis­ap­point­ing and frus­trat­ing 3-0 de­feat ag­ainst Spurs at White Hart Lane. Uni­ted then had an un­beaten run of four ga­mes, but they suf­fered an­oth­er set­back as they suc­cumbed to a nar­row 3-2 loss at the hands of West Ham Uni­ted at Boleyn Gro­und in their pen­ul­tim­ate en­counter of the sea­son. Now, des­pite los­ing ag­ainst the East Lon­doners, Man­chester Uni­ted still had a the­or­et­ic­al chan­ce of qual­i­fy­ing for the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League.

Man­chester Uni­ted were with­out Mat­teo Dar­mian and Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini for the fi­nal mat­ch of the cam­paign, where­as Bourne­mouth were mis­sing Sylvain Dis­tin, Tyr­one Ming­sand, and Tokelo Rantie. Uni­ted dom­in­ated play from the out­set ag­ainst the So­uth Coast­ers and ul­ti­mately took a 1-0 ad­vant­age as Roo­ney fou­nd the back of the net wi­th a clo­se ran­ge fin­ish in the 43rd min­ute. Fol­low­ing the re­sump­tion, young stri­ker Mar­cus Rash­ford re­gistered the sec­ond goal of the con­test on 74 min­utes be­fore Ash­ley Young, who had come on as a late sub­sti­tute for An­thony Mar­tial, ad­ded a third in the 87th min­ute, whi­le Chris Small­ing ma­naged to put the ball in­to his own net a mere three min­utes la­ter to make the fi­nal score 3-1 in fa­vour of The Reds. But, un­for­tu­nately, the sea­son end­ing vic­tory ag­ainst Ed­die Howe´s Bourne­mouth was not enough to take the Old Traf­ford si­de to the UEFA Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue. Four days la­ter, how­ever, Louis van Gaal won his fir­st trophy wi­th Man­chester Uni­ted when the club de­feated fel­low Pre­mier Lea­gue te­am Crys­tal Pal­ace 2–1 af­ter ex­tra time in the FA Cup Fi­nal; on­ly to be sacked 48 hours la­ter. Not even Tom­my Doc­herty could have timed it bet­ter. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Camer­on Borth­wick-Jack­son, Chris Small­ing, Da­ley Bli­nd, An­tonio Va­lencia, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ju­an Ma­ta, Jesse Lin­gard, An­thony Mar­tial, Mar­cus Rash­ford, Way­ne Roo­ney. Sub­stitutes: Guillermo Varela, Phil Jones, Ash­ley Young, An­der Her­rera, An­dreas Pe­reira, Mem­ph­is De­pay, Ser­gio Rom­ero. Bourne­mouth Te­am: Ad­am Fe­d­er­ici, Ste­ve Cook, Tom­my Elphick, Char­lie Dan­iels, Si­mon Fran­cis, Dan Gos­ling, Marc Pugh, Matt Ritch­ie, Drew Sur­man, Josh King, Cal­lum Wil­son. Sub­stitutes: Lewis Grabban, Corey Jor­dan, Max Gradel, Eun­an O’Kane, Ju­ni­or Stan­islas, Benik Afobe, Jor­dan Holmes.


Manchester United Quickfacts

Man­chester Uni­ted be­at Bourne­mouth 3-0 in an FA Cup Third Ro­und tie at Old Traf­ford on the 5th of Jan­uary 1985 cour­tesy of a brace by Gor­don Mc­Queen and a goal from Frank Stapleton.


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