Manchester United returned to their winning ways on Wednesday night at the Vitality Stadium, beating Bournemouth 2-0 in a match that showed some important things about this team prior to the next season. The goals were scored by Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku, as Jose Mourinho’s team brushed aside an unconvincing Bournemouth, making sure their stay in second place stayed safe. Here is what we learned from the match.
Paul Pogba Plays Well But Needs Consistency
First, it was an incredible performance against Manchester City in those frantic 45 minutes. Then it was a poor display on Sunday against West Brom in which he showed why there are so many critics of his. And this time, he had a good game. Paul Pogba’s second season at the club has been summed up nicely in these last three matches.
The Frenchman needs to find consistency, to become a reliable midfielder and leader of the team, on which the team can be dependent and also a player ready to take the game to his hands when truly necessary. That might sound as a big task, but at Manchester United things work like that. There is no cherry-picking.
Anthony Martial And Marcus Rashford Must Stay
There was a lot of talk about Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford possibly leaving the club ever since that 3-2 victory at the Etihad. Several teams have even been mentioned in regard to Martial, but for now it is just talk in the press. And it should stay that way. Manchester United cannot afford to lose such talents as these two players are.
Martial turned 22 less four months ago and Rashford is still 20. The rush for playing at the absolute top level straight away does not happen often and Manchester United should be smart in regard of getting the best out of them. Mourinho should also be careful not to make mistakes like he did on some previous occasions in his career, as Liverpool and Manchester City now have players doing wonders for them, instead of Chelsea…
Bournemouth Poor Against Top Sides
Bournemouth once again proved they cannot find ways of beating top Premier League sides. Their struggles are obvious and most of their points have been won against the teams from the lower echelons of the league. Against the current top four sides – two Manchester clubs, Tottenham and Chelsea – the Cherries have lost all of their eight matches, but are sitting comfortably in 11th with 38 points. Eddie Howe is truly doing wonders, but improving against the best teams in the league should be on his mind prior to the next season.
David De Gea Improves Clean-Sheet Tally To Show Why He Is Premier League’s Best
This was his 17th Premier League clean-sheet of the season. It was his 21st in all competitions, too. He has at least four clean-sheets more than any other goalkeeper in the league. And the latest one came on the day he was named as the goalkeeper of the season, by the Players’ Football Association. David De Gea is truly the best in the league.