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Anthony Martial inexplicably missed an open goal from 5 yards v Bournemouth

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Manchester United fans watching the Premier League fixture against Bournemouth were left in a state of shock by Anthony Martial's incredible miss.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has been brilliant in front of goal this season but showed a distinct lack of composure at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Jose Mourinho's side were beaten at home by runaway league leaders Manchester City on Sunday and the Portuguese coach is obviously still feeling bitter about the result.

"On Sunday, we did some things well and there were some things we could have done better, but there is not time to dwell on it," Mourinho wrote in Wednesday's match programme.

"We have been phenomenal at home this season, so we are not going to get let a clear penalty, which was not given on Sunday, dampen our spirits."

The Red Devils took the lead at home to Bournemouth through an excellent Romelu Lukaku header - and the match ended 1-0.

However, the Belgian striker's lack of celebration caused quite a stir on social media.

Martial misses a sitter

The former Monaco wonderkid had the perfect opportunity to double Manchester United's advantage in the second half but somehow failed to hit the target from five yards.

Lukaku set up Martial but the Frenchman fired well over the bar, with the goalkeeper nowhere to be seen.

You can imagine that his manager was not particularly impressed - and Rashford was brought on to replace Martial just minutes later.

"He's hard with all of us and he is hard with me, there is no question," Martial told Premier League TV in November. "But I know that it's for my benefit. But I also know that he really likes me as a person, so there's no issue about the discipline being for the wrong reasons.

"But the objective, of course, is to have all of us in good condition, and being fit to play every match and that is what I'm hoping to do.

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"At the beginning we didn't know each other too well, but over time we have got to know each other better. He knows my strengths and my weaknesses, such as they are, but the outcome is that we are learning to give everything in the right way."

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Jose Mourinho
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Romelu Lukaku
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