Manchester United 3-1 Bournemouth

Manchester United secured Europa league football for next season after an easy win in a sometimes lackluster game at Old Trafford.

Since Sunday’s abandonment the game tonight certainly went through periods that lacked spark in this rearranged fixture and in a first half of few chances it was Wayne Rooney’s goal three minutes before the break that sent the home side into half time with the lead. It was a well worked team goal that saw slick passing between Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial with the ball then being played into the box where Rooney was able to slot the ball home past Adam Federici.

The lead was doubled on 75 minutes when Marcus Rashford continued his fantastic first season in the senior team with a well taken first time shot that rifled into the back of the net after Antonio Valencia provided the knock down from a cross in.

Late Substitute Ashley Young then put the game beyond any doubt after Wayne Rooney played a beautiful lofted ball over the top of the Cherry defence that found Young who took the ball down and finished with three minutes left on the clock.

Bournemouth struggled throughout the game to create any chances and their consolation goal deep into injury time only came about due to the big deflection the ball took off Chris Smalling from Benik Afobe’s shot towards goal.

It was the hosts who looked the better team throughout and had a few chances to add to the scoreline including a brilliant long range effort from Micheal Carrick whose effort dipped and dived in flight but was denied a goal after the ball struck the bar, minutes later Valencia also tried his luck from range but was also denied after Federici pulled off a brilliant one handed save.

The win gives the hosts automatic qualification into the group stages of next season’s Europa League while Bournemouth will be more than happy with retaining their Premier League status.

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