Man Utd 5 Bournemouth 2: Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford and Martial goals boost Red Devils’ top four hopes


MANCHESTER UNITED have a terrifying trio that is set to send shudders through the Premier League for years to come.

At the ages of 18, 22 and 24 the mind boggles at what Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial can achieve for Manchester United.

Is there a more threatening threesome in English football right now?

Straight away of course the names of Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino at Champions Liverpool will roll off the tongue.

Yet after this destruction of Bournemouth, United’s three now have 55 goals to their 51 this season.

In the league that Liverpool dominated their front three only has two more and United aren’t finished while Jurgen Klopp’s men most probably are having wrapped up their first Premier League.

It wasn’t so long ago United fans were bemoaning a lack of goals from a club that used to thrill the masses.

Now, under Ole Solskjaer they are once more a team that is a joy to watch with the goals flying in from everywhere.

That is 14 in their last three league games after 3-0 batterings of Sheffield United and Brighton.

That Champions League place is firmly in their sights as will be the gleaming prizes in the FA Cup and Europa League which they are still chasing.

It is 16 unbeaten now and no sign of any let-up.

Bournemouth were not going to stop this Red machines steamrollering it’s way to another victory.

Rashford, Martial, Bruno Fernandes were all on the score sheet again buit Mason Greenwood was the star with two absolute crackers.

Have no doubts this 18-year-old is a footballing superstar in the making who showed his strength once more with both feet scoring with his left and right.

He has 15 goals now in his first full season, Wayne Rooney got 17 in his.

He levelled the game after Bournemouth had taken a shock lead on 15 minutes when Junior Stanislas nutmegged Harry Maguire and beat David De Gea at the near post.

Solskjaer had talked Greenwood up before the game too but that did not put the mockers on the teenager.

Nothing fazes this supreme talent.

It was another swift one touch build up that is once again becoming the trademark of United.

Rashford from the right to Bruno Fernandes who fed it straight to Greenwood on his left and the bullent finish was only helped into the net by Aaron Ramsdale’s outstretched hand.

Five minutes later a Rashford spot kick had them ahead following Adam Smith’s handball in the area.

It appeared a risk to be swapping penalty takers after Fernandes had assumed the role with such success converting three in a row.

Rashford remember was the man who cooly fired United into the last eight of the Champions League last season with a last minute spot-kick in Paris.

So this moment in front of a mosaic of 40,000 faces was not going to phase him and while Ramsdale dived the right way the power on Rashford’s low kick into the bottom corner was still enough to beat him.

The home side established a two-goal cushion with Martial joining the fun in first-half injury time.

Fernandes is always involved and he was once again providing the assist easing the ball out left for Matrtial to cut back in and curl a shot home off the underside of the bar.

To be fair to Bournemouth they responded straight after the break with a 49 th minute penalty.

It came when Nemanja Matic fired a high back pass to sub Eric Bailly who’s first contribution to the game was to control the ball with his upper arm.

VAR confirmed it and Joshua King converted it.

Bournemouth briefly thought they were level when soon after Arnaut Danjuma scored but it was ruled out for offside and in the 54th minute United extended their lead.

It was another glorious strike from Greenwood as he finished a short darting run with a shot back across the goalkeeper into the far top corner.

Fernandes made it five with a free kick that bent past the wall and nesteld into the far side of the goal.

That is seven in 11 for Fernandes who has just been voted the United fans player of the month for the third time running.

Undoubtedly the catalyst for change.

To think when these two team met last November a 1-0 victory for Bournemouth had them seventh in the league while United were mid-table in tenth.

With one point in eight games Eddie’s Howe team remain next to bottom in the league and are heading down and out of the Premier League.

United continue to march on.


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