Man United are on a winning streak, thanks to Casemiro


Manchester, England — Manchester United Their perfect run has continued since the World Cup A 3-0 win away to Bournemouth on Tuesday.

Casemiro Scored his first goal at Old Trafford to put United ahead in the first half Luke Shaw He opened the scoring shortly after half-time to make it 2-0. Marcus Rashford A late third of Man United’s six consecutive wins in all competitions.

With the result, Man United moved up to third and Bournemouth 15th in the Premier League table.

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1. Man United quietly putting together a title challenge?

The consensus is that if manager Erik ten Hag can steer United into the top four and back into the Champions League, it will represent a good return from his first season in charge. But maybe — just maybe — he’s thinking big.

Arsenal And City of Manchester Favorites to win the Premier League title — and rightly so — but United have now won their last six matches in all competitions and are on a run from their last 16.

Tuesday’s win over Bournemouth took Ten Hague’s side to 35 points, level with Newcastle for third place with a game remaining.

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There are many reasons why United won’t win the league — they could do with a striker in January and a 3-1 defeat. Aston Villa Early November is a recent reminder that they are still capable of producing a horror performance.

But there are also some compelling reasons why they might be able to challenge the leaders in the second half of the season. inside Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez And Casemiro, they have three of the best defensive players in the league. The squad, for now, is relatively healthy, and Rashford is in form after scoring in four consecutive games.

At least, Ten Hague has given United fans reason to believe a title charge between now and May is possible.

2. Casemiro is already ten Haag’s most important player

Varane, Martinez et al Christian Eriksen Having a good season at Old Trafford — but none more important than United Casemiro. It took the Brazilian some time to find a place in the team after his summer move Real MadridBut now he is the first name on the team sheet.

He took his goal against Bournemouth with such ease that you could be forgiven for thinking it was a simple chance — but it was to the 30-year-old’s credit that he was able to deflect Eriksen’s free kick into the side netting. his feet

Casemiro also did the rest of his job with quiet efficiency — mopping in front of the back four, winning the ball back and passing it to the players in front of him.

Asked recently why he thought Real Madrid were willing to let Casemiro go in the summer, Ten Haag could only smile and reply “I’m glad they did.”

United have kept 10 clean sheets in Casemiro’s 16 starts this season. Ten Haag has debated whether his squad has enough goals cristiano ronaldoIts exit, but they are back in safe hands.

3. of Bournemouth O’Neill learned it’s tough at the top

Bournemouth won their last two games before the World Cup break by an aggregate score of 7–1, and two weeks later Gary O’Neill signed an 18-month contract to become their permanent manager. But since the restart, Bournemouth have played four, lost four, drawn eight and not scored a single goal.

If he didn’t already know, O’Neill is finding out just how difficult football management can be. The former Portsmouth and West Ham midfielder just needs to keep Bournemouth going this season, but that’s easy to do.

Defeat at Old Trafford leaves Bournemouth 15th in the table, but just two points above the relegation places, as are the teams below. Nottingham Forest And Wolves are starting to pick up points.

O’Neill, a debutant manager, can thank Frank Lampard — whose Everton The team lost 4-1 at home to Brighton on Tuesday — keeping him out of the spotlight for now. But if results don’t turn around soon, the cut-throat nature of the Premier League means it won’t be long before he starts to feel the pressure.

Bournemouth’s home game against Forest on January 21 could be crucial in deciding which league they will play in next season.

Player rating

People Unite: David de Gea 7, Aaron Wan-Bissaka 6, Luke Shaw 8, Victor Lindelof 7, Harry Maguire 7, Casemiro 8, Christian Eriksen 7, Donnie van de Beek 6, Brun Fernandes 6, Marcus Rashford 6, Anthony Martial

Members: Scott McTominay 6, Fred 6, Diogo Dalot 6, Anthony Garden 6., Lisandro Martinez 6.

Bournemouth: Mark Travers 6, Adam Smith 5, Chris Mepham 6, Lloyd Kelly 6, Marcos Seneci 5, Lewis Cook 6, Jefferson Lerma 5, Jadon Anthony 6, Philip Billing 5, Ryan Christie 6, Dominic Solanke 5.

Members: Jack Stacey 6, Siriky Dembele 6, Kiefer Moore 6, Joe Rothwell 6.

Best and worst performers

Best: Casemiro, Manchester United

He ran close to Shaw but the Brazilian was impressive in midfield and took his goal beautifully.

Worst: Dominic Solanke, AFC Bournemouth

Completely beat Casemiro for United’s first goal and failed to influence the game at the other end.

Highlights and notable moments

In the 23rd minute, Casemiro scored his first goal at Old Trafford since joining Manchester United, his second goal overall for the club.

Midfielder Christian Eriksen sent a long free kick into the box, which Casemiro raced on to coolly knock down.

Man United doubled their lead just after the break.

A well-worked team found the end of the net with touches from Bruno Fernandes and Alejandro Garnacho before Luke Shaw scored.

Marcus Rashford added a third for Manchester United late on and it was a comfortable win for the home side.

What the players and managers said after the match

Post-match quotes will appear here when available. Check back soon…

Key Stats (provided by ESPN Stats & Data)

  • Casemiro scored his second goal for Manchester United after 22 games. With Real Madrid, he did not score his first goal in any competition until his 50th game.

  • Marcus Rashford has scored in six games at Old Trafford (one in each since October 27, 2022). He had just five goals in his previous 24 games at Old Trafford on May 18, 2021.

coming next

Manchester United: The Red Devils make a quick switch to Friday’s FA Cup action when they host Everton on January 6 at 3pm before they host Charlton Athletic on January 10 in the Premier League.

AFC Bournemouth: The Cherries will shift focus to the FA Cup when they host Burnley on Saturday, January 7 at 10am. They then head to Brentford for Premier League action on Saturday, January 14.


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