Manchester United 3-0 Bournemouth: Casemiro, Shaw and Rashford on target in routine win

    Manchester United cemented their position in the top four in the Premier League and Marcus Rashford continued his excellent performance in a 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

    After scoring the winning goal off the bench at Wolves on Saturday, Rashford returned to the starting XI at Old Trafford and ended United’s dominant performance with a late insert.

    United had taken the lead earlier when Casemiro landed Christian Eriksen a superb free-kick from the left flank before Luke Shaw doubled their lead with a clean finish.

    The win put Erik ten Hag’s team five points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and level with Newcastle United, who were drawn against leaders Arsenal.

    United took advantage of a set piece to take the lead in the 23rd minute as Casemiro fired an Eriksen shot into the top left corner.

    Lloyd Kelly’s final tackle kept Rashford out while Eriksen saw another free kick deflected as Bournemouth avoided further damage before half-time.

    Bournemouth’s luck ran out within four minutes of the restart when Shaw scored a goal from Alejandro Garnacho, who replaced an injured Donny van de Beek.

    Anthony Martial nodded at Casemiro’s slashing serve at the far post, though David de Gea was called in to make strong saves to keep Philip Billing and Jadon Anthony at the other end out.

    Garnacho clipped the outside of the post with a fine curling effort, but United got a third when Rashford turned home from Shaw’s outstanding pass.

    What does this mean? United in a roll

    United’s Champions League bid gained momentum over the holiday period and three relegation candidates – Nottingham Forest, Wolves and now Bournemouth – were dropped.

    The win was a perfect start to 2023 for United, who have won four successive Premier League home games so far, going unconceded for the first time after six streaks between May and October 2017.

    Rashford’s run continues

    Rashford responded brilliantly to being benched at Wolves on Saturday, jumping into action to lead United to victory with a well-scored solo goal, and the 25-year-old maintained his fine form when he returned to composition of Ten Hag.

    In addition to leading United’s goalscoring charts with seven Premier League goals, Rashford has scored in three consecutive games.

    Eriksen pulling the strings

    Eriksen performed at his best, recording his sixth Premier League assist of the season, more than any other United player.

    Since returning to the Premier League with Brentford in February 2022, Christian Eriksen is one of only three players to hit double figures in assists (10), along with Kevin De Bruyne (15) and Dejan Kulusevski (12).

    Key facts about opts

    Bournemouth are unbeaten in their first six Premier League games under Gary O’Neill (W2 D4) but have since lost seven of their last eight games (W1).
    – Bournemouth have played 19 Premier League away matches without a shutout (W2 D2 L15), conceding 52 goals in those 19 games without being locked out.
    Casemiro has scored two Premier League goals in 14 appearances for Manchester United this season, one more than he scored in La Liga last season for Real Madrid.
    – Since his Premier League debut in September 2013, Christian Eriksen has provided 28 Premier League assists from set pieces, six more than any other player in that time.
    – At 18 years and 186 days old, Garnacho is the third youngest player to have assisted for United at Old Trafford.

    What’s next?

    Both teams will focus on the FA Cup third round later this week, with United hosting Everton at Old Trafford on Friday and Bournemouth hosting Burnley the following day.

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