Bournemouth 1 - 3 United
Valencia Bailly Blind Shaw
Mata(Mhiki) Rooney(Schneiderlin) Martial(Memphis)
Ahh that felt good. Not the most impressive of performances by any stretch of the imagination but it was a professional, solid, display against a potential banana skin. Granted, Bournemouth are an ordinary team but they were also an ordinary team last year and we dropped three points at their stadium. Every win should be celebrated in this league because every team can cause an upset.
The starting line-up was quite surprising. The obvious lack of speed at the front was a worry. Mhiki not starting the game was puzzling and it's a shame Lingard is injured. He would've been flying after last weekend's amazing goal.
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I thought our defenders did very well. Valencia, Blind and Bailly were excellent. Shaw will have better days. Herrera worked hard and Fellaini was my man of the match. It's amazing how some of our fickle fans call for his head when he misplaces a pass but decide to overlook good performances like today's. There must be a reason why Moyes, LVG, Wilmots and now Mourinho believed in the guy. Not world-class, definitely not, but he is a very useful squad member. Were Darren Fletcher and John O'Shea world class? Nope. But they did quite well at United as squad players.
Rooney did OK. Not great but he got his name on the scoresheet and that'll be a big confidence booster. He's still not 100% fit (well, he doesn't look it) so I expect him to improve in the coming games. Martial showed a few glimpses of why he was such a big success last season but he's still not at his best. I was surprised to see Mata start but he had a very good game after a slow start to the game. There seems to be a future at United for our beloved Juan.
Good start to the season. Been a while since we've seen United score 3 goals away from home in the Premier League. Under LVG we had only done so four times! Lost 5-3 to Leicester, won 3-2 vs Southampton, won 3-0 vs Everton and drew 3-3 vs Newcastle. Let's hope we'll keep seeing goals scored this season. A win is a win regardless of the score but I've grown sick of 1-0's. Southampton next. We'll probably get to see Pogba's much-awaited second United debut. Come on United!