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Chris Smalling and substitute Romelu Lukaku helped Manchester United to a comfortable victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. See how the Premier League action unfolded with unique sports.
Manchester United tightened their grip on second place in the Premier League after goals in each half by defender Chris Smalling and substitute Romelu Lukaku gave them a clinical 2-0 win at Bournemouth.

The result left United, who suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by bottom team West Brom on Sunday, second on 74 points from 34 games, 13 behind champions Manchester City and four ahead of third-placed Liverpool.

 

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium

 

With one eye on Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, United manager Jose Mourinho made seven changes to the side beaten by West Brom and his reshuffled team delivered at Vitality stadium.

Smalling fired the visitors ahead with a close-range finish in the 28th minute and Lukaku sealed the win with a superb strike in the 70th, burying his shot over advancing keeper Asmir Begovic after he was put through by Paul Pogba.
THAT’S ALL FOLKS

22:30: Thank you for joining me tonight everyone. I’ll be back again tomorrow night to bring you LIVE coverage of Burnley vs Chelsea from Turf Moor. Night!

THE BIG REVEAL…

22:20: So Jose Mourinho has named the three players who will start against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

He said: “I will not play this 11 but all of them told me they want to play. Obviously I will play with Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku but this 11 have told me they want to be there and they are ready.”

Hardly surprising…
BOURNEMOUTH 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED

21:35: David de Gea has kept more clean sheets in all competitions for Manchester United in 2017-18 than he has in any other season for the club (21).

FT: And that’s that. Manchester United need just a single point to secure Champions League football next season. Get updating those passports, lads.

92: We’re at walking pace now folks. Nothing to see here…

90: There will be a minimum of four minutes added on here. The Cherries have a glimmer of hop with a corner, but it’s been swung straight out of play.

 

 

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium

87: Swing and a miss! Daley Blind, back from a billion day absence, goes to strike a cutback… FRESH AIR! Painful and hilarious to watch in equal measure.

84: Time for Jermain Defoe. Not quite sure what he’s supposed to conjure up in six minutes, but I’m sure he’ll have a chance or two.
BOURNEMOUTH 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED – LUKAKU

70: Game, set and match.

Bournemouth send too many forward and they’re hit on the counter.

Paul Pogba powers forward before shrugging off a couple of challenges and playing it through to Romelu Lukaku, who clips it over the onrushing Asmir Begovic. Clinical.

69: Cherries fans are even more incensed now. Referee Graham Scott has given United a free-kick inches outside the area after Pogba appeared to fall over.

Bournemouth’s wall is actually wider than the goal but Lukaku’s thunderbolt hits the wall.

68: Brilliant from Lewis Cook as he beats his man and plays in Wilson. The shot is deflected once again.

Penalty appeal! Bournemouth want a spot-kick, and they probably should have one. Jones is all over Ake and drags the defender down inside the area. Nothing given.

65: It’s all getting a bit tasty now. Cook cynically drags Pogba down and gets booked. Lingard off, Lukaku on. That’s a bitter blow for my fantasy football team…
62: Handbags! Wilson and Smalling get themselves in a tangle and have a bit of afters. Smalling booked, rightly so.

59: How have Bournemouth not scored? King leaves Darmian for dead before squaring it to Wilson, who fails to convert from point-blank range.

Wilson is screaming for a penalty. Replays show that Shaw made contact from behind but referee Graham Scott isn’t interested. Mousset on, Ibe off.

58: So, what are we doing with Luke Shaw? We all know his potential but It’s been difficult to see him fulfil it with so few starts. Leaving this summer? I think it will happen.

57: United are still looking the more threatening but that final ball keeps alluding them. Bournemouth, the kings of the comeback, haven’t shown too many signs of a revival.

54: Lewis Cook is shown the game’s first yellow card after a foul on Jesse Lingard. I know a few fantasy football managers who will be disappointed with that. -1

51: Oh Paul! Lingard and Herrera exchanges a few passes before laying it off to Pogba, who scuffs a needless backheel to a Bournemouth player.

48: Manchester United can wrap up a minimum fourth-place finish if they beat Bournemouth and Chelsea then drop points at Burnley tomorrow.

45: And we’re back underway folks. I can confirm that it’s no longer balmy on the south coast. Still pleasant enough. No changes for either side.
J-LINGZ…

HT: I know, 20 lashes for using the term ‘J-Lingz,’ in a public forum.

Jesse Lingard has been directly involved in 19 goals in all competitions this season (13 goals, 6 assists), one more than he managed in his previous three campaigns for Man Utd combined (18).

TWITTER ROUND-UP

Kyle: Manchester United looking a lot more fluid going forward in the latter stages. Rashford and Herrera improving their chances of starting in the semi-final. Decent half.

Debbie: Chris Smalling for England! A lion at the back and now a predator up front!

Martin: Why did Manchester United spend (waste) all that money on Alexis Sanchez? Just put Chris Smalling up front!
BOURNEMOUTH 0-1 MANCHESTER UNITED

HT: United survive a late Bournemouth corner to take a one-nil lead in with them at the break. Just about deserved thanks to that Chris Smalling opener. It’s by no means a classic, but Jose Mourinho’s side have responded to Sunday’s defeat.

45: Save! Josh King bullies his way through the United defence before firing straight at De Gea, who parries it away. Would have to be something special to beat the Spaniard from that distance.

43: Eddie Howe is deep in discussion with his assistant. There’s plenty of pointing but not a great deal of action.

Paul Pogba wins the ball back in Bournemouth territory before teeing up Jesse Lingard, who fails to find the overlapping Marcus Rashford. Nice to see Pogba keeping it simple tonight.

40: Bit disappointed with Bournemouth. They were horribly flat against Liverpool over the weekend and they haven’t improved one jot. Flips flops on…

38: I’d love someone to talk about me the way Owen Hargreaves talks about Paul Pogba. Anthony Martial gets in behind and is played through by his compatriot, but the flag goes up.
35: Chris Smalling has scored in three consecutive Premier League away appearances, after scoring just once in his previous 101 away games.

33: Nathan Ake goes for the spectacular, but gets it spectacularly wrong as he swipes at fresh air. That will never not be funny.

30: Great response from the Cherries, who have two efforts in two minutes. The first came from Wilson, and the second from Fraser. De Gea gathered them both.

 

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium

 

BOURNEMOUTH 0-1 MANCHESTER UNITED – SMALLING

28: And there’s the breakthrough!

Chris Smalling, who’s turned into Lionel Messi in recent weeks, arrives in the box to tap home Jesse Lingard’s cutback from the byline.

I know someone who’s starting against Tottenham…

27: Rashford with a rocket! The striker drives into the area before stinging Begovic’s palms with an angled effort. That’s United’s first shot on target.

THE BIG REVEAL…

22:20: So Jose Mourinho has named the three players who will start against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

He said: “I will not play this 11 but all of them told me they want to play. Obviously I will play with Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku but this 11 have told me they want to be there and they are ready.”

Hardly surprising…

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Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
MORE FROM JOSE

On tonight’s clash: “It was comfortable because the players played well collectively and individually because Bournemouth are always a difficult opponent. Eddie Howe is not afraid to take risks and you can see that with their changes.

“We felt we needed to get the points to confirm as soon as possible the fourth position. Then we can think about third or second.”

On the contrast between tonight’s performance and the West Brom clash: “No doubts about it. The ball rolled, not one more touch, one more flick, one more trick, increasing the fluency of our football, the ball easily rolling and the players were running to get into offensive positions.

“It was based on good attitude, professionalism and a determination to win an important match for us because now it’s difficult to not finish in the top four.

“In this moment I prefer to look to Chelsea until we confirm the top four place then I look to Spurs and Liverpool with a six and four point difference and we have to fight to keep it.”

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Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
TWITTER ROUND-UP

Chris: Pep Guardiola has the most expensive team in the Premier League, finishes first and gets lavished with praise. Jose Mourinho has the second most expensive team in the Premier League, finishes second and gets lambasted. Funny old game.

Ricky: Manchester United were steady, a good win away from home. But Spurs away is a much tougher opposition, can we go from strong and steady to lethal a quick? That’s the big question.

Jamie: Marcus Rashford did his chances of a starting berth on Saturday no harm either. Direct, powerful and of course pacey up top. Would cause Spurs’ full-backs all sorts of problems.

‘NOT SAFE’

22:10: Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: “We gave everything, we were decent for large spells. The energy the players gave was very high. The frustrating thing is that we got in good positions but didn’t execute the final part.

“They didn’t have a huge amount of chances either but took their goals well. You have to admire the quality of the opposition at times.

“We expected them to turn up and want to win, that’s what they have always done. They responded to a setback and their front three caused us problems.

“In the main we defended well, it was a tough examination. We’re not quite safe – I’m getting bored of saying it – we have three massive games left and we need to get over the line.”

 

 

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium

 

 

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality StadiumREUTERS

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
‘I’VE WON TITLES’

22:05: Ready to play another round of ‘listen to Jose Mourinho list his achievements?’

He reminded everyone of his prowess after Manchester City won the title on Sunday, and he’s done it again tonight.

He said: “I still have the emotions of last Sunday… I know how to win titles, in case some of the young guys don’t know. I won eight in four different countries.”

POGBA KEY…

22:00: Paul Scholes thinks Ander Herrera brings out the best in Paul Pogba.

He believes the Spanish midfielder’s discipline in midfield allows Pogba to roam forward without having to worry abut his defensive duties.

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Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
‘ANYONE COULD PLAY SATURDAY’

21:55: After all the drama after that West Brom game, Jose Mourinho is now keeping his cards close to his chest by saying everyone is available for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final.

Jose Mourinho said: “The players we good. It was a good professional performance with good effort and responsibility. There was desire to score and a desire to cope with the defensive responsibilities against a fast team.

“All of them were professional and responsible. The first ambition was to finish in the top four and now one point is probably enough. When we have that resolved we can think about third and second place.

“Everything was faster, it was simple. The players were in the right positions and not trying one more flick, one more trick. Everything was good, I am happy.

“Every player on the pitch was positive and put himself available for Saturday. I’m not very good on man of the match, I’m not a big fan of it, but Paul Pogba played very well. Against Man City he was phenomenal but today he was very, very good. A good choice.”

‘REALLY IMPORTANT WIN’

21:50: “At half-time the manager told Paul Pogba to keep making those runs, he did and played a perfect pass which I was able to finish off,” Romelu Lukaku said.

“It was really important that we won today and now we’re well prepared for this weekend. As a player you always want to play and you always have to be ready.”

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Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
21:45: Graham Poll is dropping bombs in the BT Sport studio. Not literally obviously, that would be mental.

Anyway, he thinks it’s a stonewall penalty and furthermore, believes Luke Shaw should have been sent off.

21:40: Manchester United were worthy winners, but Callum Wilson’s penalty appeal could have changed things considerably. It’s similar to the Benatia incident in the Champions League last week. I’ll let you decide later…

TWITTER ROUND-UP

PJ: Good overall performance by the team tonight and sealed with a win! Worth staying up late to watch the lads play on my holidays in Dubai!

Fabian: I still think Diego Simeone if given the opportunity can do a better job with this crop of players at Manchester United than Jose Mourinho.

Priya: Anthony Martial had a superb game! Amazing to see his confidence on the pitch, reminiscent of football the Fergie way!

Think you might be getting carried away a bit, Priya…

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Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
BOURNEMOUTH 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED

 

 

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium

 

 

21:35: David de Gea has kept more clean sheets in all competitions for Manchester United in 2017-18 than he has in any other season for the club (21).

FT: And that’s that. Manchester United need just a single point to secure Champions League football next season. Get updating those passports, lads.

92: We’re at walking pace now folks. Nothing to see here…Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium

90: There will be a minimum of four minutes added on here. The Cherries have a glimmer of hop with a corner, but it’s been swung straight out of play.

87: Swing and a miss! Daley Blind, back from a billion day absence, goes to strike a cutback… FRESH AIR! Painful and hilarious to watch in equal measure.

84: Time for Jermain Defoe. Not quite sure what he’s supposed to conjure up in six minutes, but I’m sure he’ll have a chance or two.

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Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
82: Lyn Mousset tries his luck from range but I think that one is landing somewhere in Southampton.

79: Third and final change for Manchester United as the lesser-spotted Daley Blind replaces Paul Pogba.

76: Pogba tries to thread a pass through for Martial but the Frenchman is stopped in his tracks. Not a great deal coming from Bournemouth.

73: Romelu Lukaku has scored seven goals in his six Premier League appearances against Bournemouth. Fantasy football gold!

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Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality StadiumREUTERS

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
BOURNEMOUTH 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED – LUKAKU

70: Game, set and match.

Bournemouth send too many forward and they’re hit on the counter.

Paul Pogba powers forward before shrugging off a couple of challenges and playing it through to Romelu Lukaku, who clips it over the onrushing Asmir Begovic. Clinical.

69: Cherries fans are even more incensed now. Referee Graham Scott has given United a free-kick inches outside the area after Pogba appeared to fall over.

Bournemouth’s wall is actually wider than the goal but Lukaku’s thunderbolt hits the wall.

68: Brilliant from Lewis Cook as he beats his man and plays in Wilson. The shot is deflected once again.

Penalty appeal! Bournemouth want a spot-kick, and they probably should have one. Jones is all over Ake and drags the defender down inside the area. Nothing given.

65: It’s all getting a bit tasty now. Cook cynically drags Pogba down and gets booked. Lingard off, Lukaku on. That’s a bitter blow for my fantasy football team…

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Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
62: Handbags! Wilson and Smalling get themselves in a tangle and have a bit of afters. Smalling booked, rightly so.

59: How have Bournemouth not scored? King leaves Darmian for dead before squaring it to Wilson, who fails to convert from point-blank range.

Wilson is screaming for a penalty. Replays show that Shaw made contact from behind but referee Graham Scott isn’t interested. Mousset on, Ibe off.

58: So, what are we doing with Luke Shaw? We all know his potential but It’s been difficult to see him fulfil it with so few starts. Leaving this summer? I think it will happen.

 

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium

 

57: United are still looking the more threatening but that final ball keeps alluding them. Bournemouth, the kings of the comeback, haven’t shown too many signs of a revival.

54: Lewis Cook is shown the game’s first yellow card after a foul on Jesse Lingard. I know a few fantasy football managers who will be disappointed with that. -1

51: Oh Paul! Lingard and Herrera exchanges a few passes before laying it off to Pogba, who scuffs a needless backheel to a Bournemouth player.

48: Manchester United can wrap up a minimum fourth-place finish if they beat Bournemouth and Chelsea then drop points at Burnley tomorrow.

45: And we’re back underway folks. I can confirm that it’s no longer balmy on the south coast. Still pleasant enough. No changes for either side.

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Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
J-LINGZ…

HT: I know, 20 lashes for using the term ‘J-Lingz,’ in a public forum.

Jesse Lingard has been directly involved in 19 goals in all competitions this season (13 goals, 6 assists), one more than he managed in his previous three campaigns for Man Utd combined (18).

TWITTER ROUND-UP

Kyle: Manchester United looking a lot more fluid going forward in the latter stages. Rashford and Herrera improving their chances of starting in the semi-final. Decent half.

 

 

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium

 

 

Debbie: Chris Smalling for England! A lion at the back and now a predator up front!

Martin: Why did Manchester United spend (waste) all that money on Alexis Sanchez? Just put Chris Smalling up front!

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality StadiumREUTERS

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
BOURNEMOUTH 0-1 MANCHESTER UNITED

HT: United survive a late Bournemouth corner to take a one-nil lead in with them at the break. Just about deserved thanks to that Chris Smalling opener. It’s by no means a classic, but Jose Mourinho’s side have responded to Sunday’s defeat.

45: Save! Josh King bullies his way through the United defence before firing straight at De Gea, who parries it away. Would have to be something special to beat the Spaniard from that distance.

43: Eddie Howe is deep in discussion with his assistant. There’s plenty of pointing but not a great deal of action.

Paul Pogba wins the ball back in Bournemouth territory before teeing up Jesse Lingard, who fails to find the overlapping Marcus Rashford. Nice to see Pogba keeping it simple tonight.

40: Bit disappointed with Bournemouth. They were horribly flat against Liverpool over the weekend and they haven’t improved one jot. Flips flops on…

38: I’d love someone to talk about me the way Owen Hargreaves talks about Paul Pogba. Anthony Martial gets in behind and is played through by his compatriot, but the flag goes up.

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Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality StadiumREUTERS

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
35: Chris Smalling has scored in three consecutive Premier League away appearances, after scoring just once in his previous 101 away games.

33: Nathan Ake goes for the spectacular, but gets it spectacularly wrong as he swipes at fresh air. That will never not be funny.

30: Great response from the Cherries, who have two efforts in two minutes. The first came from Wilson, and the second from Fraser. De Gea gathered them both.

BOURNEMOUTH 0-1 MANCHESTER UNITED – SMALLING

28: And there’s the breakthrough!

Chris Smalling, who’s turned into Lionel Messi in recent weeks, arrives in the box to tap home Jesse Lingard’s cutback from the byline.

I know someone who’s starting against Tottenham…

27: Rashford with a rocket! The striker drives into the area before stinging Begovic’s palms with an angled effort. That’s United’s first shot on target.

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality StadiumREUTERS

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium
26: Ander Herrera is having a good game. The Spaniard is one of a few who always wants the ball. He’s pressing high and anticipating well. I’d say worthy of a semi-final starting role…

24: Bournemouth just starting to up the ante now. Fraser drives into the United box after some good play from Lewis Cook, but the deflected shot goes into the side netting.

21: Good play on the right between Wilson and Francis, but the defender is narrowly ruled offside.

18: Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw look a bit tentative going forward. They look desperate to avoid getting caught cold by the pace of Ibe & Wilson.

15: United just taking the tempo down a bit with some passing around the back. The plan appears to be sending hopeful balls forward to utilise Rashford’s pace. Not worked just yet.
12: United fans aren’t half making some noise in the away stand. Haven’t stopped singing since about 6.40pm…

Wilson plays a lovely one-two with Ibe and it’s a straight race with Jones, but he does enough to leave it go for the goal kick.

9: Ibe has an effort on goal from just outside the box, but drags it wide. Not much fluency from either side, but I suppose that was to be expected with so many changes.

 

Bournemouth vs Manchester United: Latest Premier League score from the Vitality Stadium

 

6: Herrera concedes a free-kick within shooting range. Daniels looks like he’s going to ping one but he’s laid it off to Francis, who blasts it against the wall.

Martial marauds down the other end of the field and wins a corner. Didn’t see a run like during the whole 90 minutes at Old Trafford on Sunday.

3: I missed that. During his pre-match interview Jose Mourinho said: “In the last match, the only attacking player that I didn’t play was Dwight Yorke!” Options were explored…

Anyway, the hosts have started brighter with a high press causing United one or two problems. King look particularly lively.

1: And we’re underway on a balmy night in Bournemouth. I’d not used the word “balmy” before today, and I fully intend to over-use it in the next week.

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