Bournemouth 1-0 Manchester United: Josh King goal sinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side


Manchester United suffered their fourth Premier League defeat of the season away at Bournemouth on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon at the Vitaly Stadium.

The Red Devils came into this fixture off the back of three straight away wins - over Partizan, Norwich City and Chelsea in the Europa League, Premier League and Carabao Cup, respectively - but they were unable to make it four victories on the bounce on the south coast.

A goal on the stroke of half-time from former United youngster Josh King was enough to earn the Cherries all three points.

The result lifts Bournemouth above United, who slip to eighth, in the Premier League table.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could find themselves back inside the bottom half of the table by the end of the weekend if other results go against them, as their disappointing start to the season continues.

In atrocious conditions, both teams struggled to get going during the early stages of the match.

Daniel James went close with a powerful effort from outside the box, while Ryan Fraser and Anthony Martial both had appeals for penalties waved away by referee Chris Kavanagh, but clear-cut chances were non-existent until King finally broke the deadlock moments before the half-time whistle.

The Norwegian striker, who was at Man Utd between 2008-2013, did brilliantly to turn in between Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka before slamming the ball past David de Gea.

United needed to up the tempo in the second half in order to salvage something from this match, but breaking down their opponents was proving difficult for Solskjaer’s men.

Pereira tested Ramsdale with a shot from the edge of the box and was substituted shortly afterwards for Jesse Lingard, who still has no goals or assists in 2019.

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With 15 minutes left on the clock, De Gea pulled off an excellent save from Harry Wilson to prevent United from going two goals down.

In a last-ditch attempt to avoid defeat, Solskjaer sent on Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams for James and Wan-Bissaka.

It almost paid off for the under-pressure United boss. Greenwood hit the post, but that was as close as the visitors came to equalising on what was the latest in a growing line of disappointing days for Solskjaer and his players.

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