Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth|Match Report and Player Ratings

Is it too soon to say that Manchester United are back to being themselves? Be it the pre-season games or the Community Shield final, the new team under Jose Mourinho has impressed one and all with their playing. Jose era kicked off to a good start even on the opening weekend of the Premier League as they faced Bournemouth.

Bournemouth failed to pacify the Red Devils and allowed room to make a couple of silly mistakes. Juan Mata took full advantage of Simon Francis’ poor back pass to propel Manchester United into a half-time lead before Wayne Rooney doubled the lead with a header. Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the party too, and capped his Premier League debut with a long range strike, whilst Adam Smith still managed to play well for Bournemouth, but it all went in vain.

As expected, Manchester United played a 4-2-3-1 formation, and here’s the ratings for the players:

David De Gea:

He was his usual self, if not for that goal by Adam Smith. He doesn’t deserve the criticism he received for that miss as he did do a superb late save. Aside from that, Bournemouth did not give him any challenges. Rating – 7.5/10

Antonio Valencia:

Valencia looked like a dangerous threat with his blinding pace going ahead down the right, and he did make good use of the same. Looks like he is improving under Mourinho and this can only mean good news for Old Trafford. Manchester United Rating – 8/10

Eric Bailly:

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Bailly is turning into a real asset and Mourinho got it right with this one. His composure was outstandingly calm for his Premier League debut and also proved that his passing is accurate. Once more polished, Bailly can go on to achieve greater things. Rating- 8/10

Daley Blind:

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He only kept going too long all the way to Ibrahimovic from the back during the first half and Mourinho wasn’t too happy about that. However, he still played a decent game and his highlight being a necessary last-man tackle to prevent Ibe from scoring. Rating – 7/10

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Luke Shaw:

Could not keep too much control over the ball and almost allowed Wilson a goal. However, unlike last season, he looked like he could get back to giving his 100% with just a little more hard work and training. Rating – 6.5/10

Marouane Fellaini:

His interceptions were all necessary and even crucial at times, plus his headers inside his own box were helpful and he did do some damage in Bournemouth’s midfield. Rating – 7/10

Ander Herrera:

His shots going forward initiated the confused mess by Bournemouth which led to Mata’s opening goal. However, he did get booked for a trip later on. Rating 6/10

Juan Mata:

His fitness was on display as he showed immense persistence running forward to force the opening goal. He established control and was involved in a lot of plays. Mourinho would think twice before making any decisions on Mata for sure. Rating – 8/10

Wayne Rooney:

He looked terrible in the first half and found it difficult to even control the ball.He is guilty of breaking up Manchester United’s attacks, but then he scored a brilliant header. Rating 6/10

Anthony Martial:

He failed to impress today and looked a bit shaky. He missed a few chances and honestly, could’ve done a lot better. He set up Rooney’s header with a mis-timed volley. Rating 6.5/10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic:

He caused havoc among the Bournemouth defence and his volley-passes were all accurate and well-timed, all finding their man. His goal was splendid too and this shows how experience can prove to be vital. Rating – 8.5/10

Substitutes:

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (for Mata 75): He looked too busy on the right and he needs to be more open to creating chances. Rating – 7/10

Morgan Schneiderlin (for Martial 85): Schneiderlin could’ve played a lot better. He needs to be more focused on utilising the gaps properly. Rating – 6.5/10

Memphis Depay (for Rooney 89): A huge disappointment, Memphis did not even attempt to do anything creative and put up a very lacklustre performance. Rating – 5.5/10

Is it too soon to say that Manchester United are back to being themselves? Be it the pre-season games or the Community Shield final, the new team under Jose Mourinho has impressed one and all with their playing. Jose era kicked off to a good start even on the opening weekend of the Premier League as they faced Bournemouth.

Bournemouth failed to pacify the Red Devils and allowed room to make a couple of silly mistakes. Juan Mata took full advantage of Simon Francis’ poor back pass to propel Manchester United into a half-time lead before Wayne Rooney doubled the lead with a header. Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the party too, and capped his Premier League debut with a long range strike, whilst Adam Smith still managed to play well for Bournemouth, but it all went in vain.

As expected, Manchester United played a 4-2-3-1 formation, and here’s the ratings for the players:

David De Gea:

He was his usual self, if not for that goal by Adam Smith. He doesn’t deserve the criticism he received for that miss as he did do a superb late save. Aside from that, Bournemouth did not give him any challenges. Rating – 7.5/10

Antonio Valencia:

Valencia looked like a dangerous threat with his blinding pace going ahead down the right, and he did make good use of the same. Looks like he is improving under Mourinho and this can only mean good news for Old Trafford. Manchester United Rating – 8/10

Eric Bailly:

Bailly is turning into a real asset and Mourinho got it right with this one. His composure was outstandingly calm for his Premier League debut and also proved that his passing is accurate. Once more polished, Bailly can go on to achieve greater things. Rating- 8/10

Daley Blind:

He only kept going too long all the way to Ibrahimovic from the back during the first half and Mourinho wasn’t too happy about that. However, he still played a decent game and his highlight being a necessary last-man tackle to prevent Ibe from scoring. Rating – 7/10

Luke Shaw:

Could not keep too much control over the ball and almost allowed Wilson a goal. However, unlike last season, he looked like he could get back to giving his 100% with just a little more hard work and training. Rating – 6.5/10

Marouane Fellaini:

His interceptions were all necessary and even crucial at times, plus his headers inside his own box were helpful and he did do some damage in Bournemouth’s midfield. Rating – 7/10

Ander Herrera:

His shots going forward initiated the confused mess by Bournemouth which led to Mata’s opening goal. However, he did get booked for a trip later on. Rating 6/10

Juan Mata:

His fitness was on display as he showed immense persistence running forward to force the opening goal. He established control and was involved in a lot of plays. Mourinho would think twice before making any decisions on Mata for sure. Rating – 8/10

Wayne Rooney:

He looked terrible in the first half and found it difficult to even control the ball.He is guilty of breaking up Manchester United’s attacks, but then he scored a brilliant header. Rating 6/10

Anthony Martial:

He failed to impress today and looked a bit shaky. He missed a few chances and honestly, could’ve done a lot better. He set up Rooney’s header with a mis-timed volley. Rating 6.5/10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic:

He caused havoc among the Bournemouth defence and his volley-passes were all accurate and well-timed, all finding their man. His goal was splendid too and this shows how experience can prove to be vital. Rating – 8.5/10

Substitutes:

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (for Mata 75): He looked too busy on the right and he needs to be more open to creating chances. Rating – 7/10

Morgan Schneiderlin (for Martial 85): Schneiderlin could’ve played a lot better. He needs to be more focused on utilising the gaps properly. Rating – 6.5/10

Memphis Depay (for Rooney 89): A huge disappointment, Memphis did not even attempt to do anything creative and put up a very lacklustre performance. Rating – 5.5/10

Is it too soon to say that Manchester United are back to being themselves? Be it the pre-season games or the Community Shield final, the new team under Jose Mourinho has impressed one and all with their playing. Jose era kicked off to a good start even on the opening weekend of the Premier League as they faced Bournemouth.

Bournemouth failed to pacify the Red Devils and allowed room to make a couple of silly mistakes. Juan Mata took full advantage of Simon Francis’ poor back pass to propel Manchester United into a half-time lead before Wayne Rooney doubled the lead with a header. Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the party too, and capped his Premier League debut with a long range strike, whilst Adam Smith still managed to play well for Bournemouth, but it all went in vain.

As expected, Manchester United played a 4-2-3-1 formation, and here’s the ratings for the players:

David De Gea:

He was his usual self, if not for that goal by Adam Smith. He doesn’t deserve the criticism he received for that miss as he did do a superb late save. Aside from that, Bournemouth did not give him any challenges. Rating – 7.5/10

Antonio Valencia:

Valencia looked like a dangerous threat with his blinding pace going ahead down the right, and he did make good use of the same. Looks like he is improving under Mourinho and this can only mean good news for Old Trafford. Manchester United Rating – 8/10

Eric Bailly:

Bailly is turning into a real asset and Mourinho got it right with this one. His composure was outstandingly calm for his Premier League debut and also proved that his passing is accurate. Once more polished, Bailly can go on to achieve greater things. Rating- 8/10

Daley Blind:

He only kept going too long all the way to Ibrahimovic from the back during the first half and Mourinho wasn’t too happy about that. However, he still played a decent game and his highlight being a necessary last-man tackle to prevent Ibe from scoring. Rating – 7/10

Luke Shaw:

Could not keep too much control over the ball and almost allowed Wilson a goal. However, unlike last season, he looked like he could get back to giving his 100% with just a little more hard work and training. Rating – 6.5/10

Marouane Fellaini:

His interceptions were all necessary and even crucial at times, plus his headers inside his own box were helpful and he did do some damage in Bournemouth’s midfield. Rating – 7/10

Ander Herrera:

His shots going forward initiated the confused mess by Bournemouth which led to Mata’s opening goal. However, he did get booked for a trip later on. Rating 6/10

Juan Mata:

His fitness was on display as he showed immense persistence running forward to force the opening goal. He established control and was involved in a lot of plays. Mourinho would think twice before making any decisions on Mata for sure. Rating – 8/10

Wayne Rooney:

He looked terrible in the first half and found it difficult to even control the ball.He is guilty of breaking up Manchester United’s attacks, but then he scored a brilliant header. Rating 6/10

Anthony Martial:

He failed to impress today and looked a bit shaky. He missed a few chances and honestly, could’ve done a lot better. He set up Rooney’s header with a mis-timed volley. Rating 6.5/10

Zlatan Ibrahimovic:

He caused havoc among the Bournemouth defence and his volley-passes were all accurate and well-timed, all finding their man. His goal was splendid too and this shows how experience can prove to be vital. Rating – 8.5/10

Substitutes:

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (for Mata 75): He looked too busy on the right and he needs to be more open to creating chances. Rating – 7/10

Morgan Schneiderlin (for Martial 85): Schneiderlin could’ve played a lot better. He needs to be more focused on utilising the gaps properly. Rating – 6.5/10

Memphis Depay (for Rooney 89): A huge disappointment, Memphis did not even attempt to do anything creative and put up a very lacklustre performance. Rating – 5.5/10

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