United drop valuable points against 10-man Bournemouth

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Manchester United missed the chance to move into the top four after a disappointing 1-1 draw against a 10-man Bournemouth side at Old Trafford on Saturday.

  • Man Utd 1 Bournemouth 1
  • Rojo opens the scoring
  • King nets from the spot
  • Surman recives red card
  • Boruc saves Zlatan penalty

Match summary

Marcus Rojo scored a rare goal in the 23rd minute to give United the lead but Bournemouth fought back with Joshua King netting from the spot.

Andrew Surman received his second bookable offence in a frantic end to the first half but the Cherries managed to hold on for a point after Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a penalty.

Full report

In a fiery encounter at Old Trafford, Manchester United would have been wondering how they went into the break with the scores level.

After dominating the first 45 minutes camped inside the half of Eddie Howe's side, defender Marcus Rojo's first goal of the season mid-way through the half was the only one scored by Mourinho's men.

From a corner-kick, the Argentine deflected Antonio Valencia's effort past goalkeeper Artur Boruc to give the home side the lead, which sparked the game into life.

Returning left-back Luke Shaw was the recipient of two robust challenges in the opening stages which culminated into a heated affair among the two Premier League sides.

With 10 minutes before the break, the visitors couldn't believe their luck as Marc Pugh was fouled inside the area by Phil Jones, to hand former United youth product Joshua King the chance to equalise against the run of play.

However, on the stroke of half time, controversy struck between Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings, as Mings stamped on the Swede during the scuffle.

Ibrahimovic retaliated by elbowing the defender during a jump for the ball, before Andrew Surman intervened with a push on United's top scorer, which resulted in the stand-in captain receiving his second yellow of the afternoon.

With Howe's side down to 10-men, the Old Trafford faithful were in an expectant mood for goals come second half but Artur Boruc proved to be the difference on the day, with a string of impressive saves throughout the fixture.

After a frustrating start to the second half watching the Cherries defend comfortably, Mourinho threw on Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini for Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw.

Before the changes could even take effect on the game, the home side were awarded a penalty, as right-back Adam Smith was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area.

Nonetheless, Boruc denied Ibrahimovic from the subsequent spot-kick which was the sign of yet another frustrating afternoon for the Champions League qualification hopefuls.

The Cherries went on to hold on for the 1-1 draw, as United missed the chance to go into the top four, at the expense of Arsenal.

Howe's side now move three points ahead of Leicester City and Swansea City who are in 15th and 16th respectively.