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Dublin: 18 °C Thursday 6 August, 2020


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Good afternoon, folks.

Welcome along to our liveblog for the Premier League meeting of Manchester United and Bournemouth.

Kick-off at Old Trafford is at 3pm and we’ll keep you updated here throughout the game.

The two teams come into this game with very contrasting form.

United, now unbeaten in 15 games, will overtake Chelsea and move into the top four – at least until this evening – if they’re victorious this afternoon.

Without a win in their last seven, Bournemouth will be relegated unless they arrest their slide. Eddie Howe’s side are second from bottom.

Let’s take a check on the team news.

United are unchanged from Tuesday’s win at Brighton. Ireland international Mark Travers is one of two goalkeepers among the Bournemouth substitutes.

MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Shaw, Lindelof, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Fernandes, Greenwood, Martial.

Subs: Romero, Bailly, Williams, Andreas, Fred, James, Mata, McTominay, Ighalo.

BOURNEMOUTH: Ramsdale, Rico, Ake, Kelly, Smith, Stanislas, Cook, Lerma, Brooks, King, Solanke.

Subs: Boruc, Travers, Stacey, Surman, Billing, Gosling, Danjuma, Wilson, Surridge.

The players are out at Old Trafford. The action is about to get underway.

The game has kicked off.


Bournemouth are attacking the Stretford End for the first half.


Fernandes sends the ball wide to Wan-Bissaka but his volleyed cross goes out of play.


The ball over the top from Stanislas looks for King but it’s over-hit.


Matic is dispossessed on the edge of his own box by Solanke, but the United midfielder is able to recover.


United clear the danger as Stanislas looks for Solanke in the box.


Pogba attempts to play in Greenwood but his pass is too heavy.


Close! Rashford releases Fernandes, who dinks the ball over the crossbar on the half-volley.


Rashford’s through-ball for Greenwood is blocked.

United controlling the game at the moment.


Chance for the on-rushing Lindelof is scuppered by goalkeeper Ramsdale who gets to the ball first.


Bournemouth lead!

Brilliant play by Junior Stanislas, who nutmegs Harry Maguire before beating David de Gea from a tight angle to score his first goal of the season.


Close! Brilliant free-kick by Rashford forces an excellent save from Ramsdale.


The corner finds Lindelof, whose header goes well over.


A Fernandes corner goes deep to Shaw, who sees a shot blocked by Brooks. Ramsdale then has to be alert to deny Greenwood.

Positive response to going behind from United.


Stanislas looking for another goal with a well-struck half-volley that sails wide.


Bournemouth standing firm for now amid a period of sustained pressure from United.


Bournemouth break and King looks for Solanke but Maguire intercepts.


United are back on level terms.

Space opens up for Greenwood following a pass by Fernandes and the youngster takes his tally for the season to 14.

Ramsdale got a hand to it but the left-footed strike was far too powerful for him to keep out.


Rashford’s goalbound shot is deflected away for a corner by Ake.


Penalty! The ball strikes Smith’s hand in the box and Lee Mason awards United a penalty after confirming with VAR.


Ramsdale guesses the right way but he can’t deny Rashford and United go ahead.


Nervy moment at the back for United as De Gea gives Maguire a dodgy pass but they get away with it after Bournemouth are flagged for an offside.


Period of pressure for Bournemouth ends with Rico fouling Martial on the edge of the United box.


Bournemouth corner headed clear by Rashford but they continue to enjoy the best of the play.


United beginning to dominate possession again as half-time approaches.


Magnificent diagonal ball from Fernandes releases Shaw, who strays offside.


Three additional minutes to be played at the end of the first half.


Absolutely exquisite from Martial as he finds the net for the 20th time this season.

He cut in from the left before bending the ball delightfully into the top corner to increase United’s lead on the stroke of half-time.


The teams are back out for the second half.


The game has resumed, with Danjuma replacing Brooks for Bournemouth, while Bailly has come on for United in place of Lindelof.


Close! Early danger for United as Danjuma strikes the post after a mistake by Maguire.


Penalty to Bournemouth? Referee Mike Dean has gone to VAR for a possible handball by Bailly, which looks like it occurred right on the edge of the box. 


It looks to me like it skimmed his shoulder but the penalty has been given.


A contentious call but Bournemouth make the most of it as Joshua King beats David de Gea.


Major let-off for United as Bournemouth have the ball in the net again but Danjuma was offside. Cracking finish it was too.


Absolutely magnificent from Mason Greenwood. Having scored with his left foot in the first half, he gets away from Rico and finishes emphatically with his right this time.

This guy is a serious talent.


United have a free-kick just outside the box after a foul by Kelly on Martial.


Mike Dean was checking with VAR for a possible offside relating to Matic, but the goal counts – and a beautiful one it was too by Bruno Fernandes. Cracking free-kick.


United in cruise control at the moment despite a promising start to the second half for Bournemouth.


Rashford puts the ball in the net after being picked out by Wan-Bissaka but the goal is ruled out as the United striker was slightly offside.


Martial has a shot but Ake makes a vital block.


The corner comes off King and Ramsdale is there to gather it.

United still bossing proceedings. Bournemouth look completely deflated.


There’ll be no hat-trick for Mason Greenwood as he’s been replaced by Dan James.


Rashford squares the ball but it’s too heavy for Martial – although he was offside anyway.


Rashford breaks and has a shot but Kelly does well to block.


Deep cross by James but Rashford and Martial seemed to get in each other’s way.


Mata and Ighalo are on for United in place of Martial and Rashford.


Space opened up there for James in a dangerous position, only for Kelly to make another important intervention.


Close! Ighalo is played through by Fernandes, but he hooks the ball wide. 


Opportunity for Bournemouth but Rico sends his free-kick straight into the arms of De Gea.


Five minutes to be added on.


Free-kick for United in a dangerous position following a foul by Gosling on James.


Close! Superb effort by Pogba brings a fine save from Ramsdale.


Close! Another good save by Ramsdale, this time to deny Fred.

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