Manchester United 4-1 Bournemouth: Red Devils player ratings as Paul Pogba illuminates Old Trafford
Paul Pogba continued to lead Manchester United’s stunning resurgence under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a masterclass during the 4-1 victory over Bournemouth.
The French midfielder capitalised on a moment of genius from Marcus Rashford before heading home from Ander Herrera’s wicked cross to complete his second brace in as many games.
Rashford was equally impressive and got the goal his tireless performance deserved with a clever finish from Anthony Martial’s outside-of-the-foot pass.
But while United are totally transformed in attack following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, the same defensive frailties linger, and they failed to keep a clean sheet yet again when Nathan Ake headed past David De Gea just before half-time.
And they rode their luck when Eric Bailly, who was eventually sent off, went unpunished for a high foot in the box moments before Romelu Lukaku came off the bench to round off the scoring from an offside position.
How did Solskjaer’s men perform individually? Scroll down for talkSPORT.com’s player ratings.
David de Gea – 6
Relatively untested, but his long wait for a clean sheet continues.
Ashley Young – 7
Provided a constant outlet on the United right and threatened offensively all evening. Booked for a silly tackle in the first-half.
Eric Bailly – 5
Spoiled a solid performance when he was shown a straight red card late on for a wild, unnecessary challenge on Ryan Fraser.
Victor Lindelof – 8
A much-improved display from the Swede, who kept Callum Wilson relatively quiet.
Luke Shaw – 7
Needed all of his pace to deal with the Cherries’ front line and did so expertly.
Ander Herrera – 8
Always looked to go forward and provided a sensational delivery for Pogba’s second goal.
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Nemanja Matic- 7
Perhaps the most notable transformation post-Mourinho – far more inventive and positive in his passing.
Jesse Lingard – 6
Outshone by his fellow attackers, but by no means a poor display.
Paul Pogba – 9
The best player on the pitch by some distance. He is sensational when allowed to expressed himself.
Anthony Martial – 8
Terrified the Bournemouth defence with his willingness to take players on and supplied Rashford with a clever cross for United’s third goal.
Marcus Rashford – 9
Proved he has what it takes to be the club’s first-choice centre-forward. He produced a moment of Ronaldinho-esque skill for Pogba’s opening goal and was rewarded for his non-stop movement when Martial found him in the box.
Sub – Romelu Lukaku – 7
One chance, one goal. You can’t ask for much more than that!
Sub – Phil Jones – N/A
Sub – Andreas Pereira – N/A
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