This time, Christiano Ronaldo is not playing for Manchester United. He has joined Al Nassr, a brand-new Saudi club. This has, however, hardly had an impact on what United delivers to the Premier League. With a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth, the team has now reached 35 points and moved into the top four teams.
Credit goes to Casemiro for scoring an opener in the 23rd minute. He was followed by Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford in the 49th and 86th minutes, respectively. Bournemouth could not send a response and was left hanging at zero goals throughout the event. The team now struggles to pull itself far from the relegation zone with only 16 points on the table.
The zone currently has Southampton, Wolves, and Nottingham Forest.
United entered the field with a formation of 4-2-3-1 against Bournemouth’s formation of 4-4-2. Manchester United dominated the event with 59% possession and 18 shots, out of which 6 shots made their way to the target.
Ten Hag has expressed his happiness with the result; however, he believes that the side could have played a little better. Specifically, Ten Hag said that they did not play that smartly as a team.
To highlight this further, he has added that there were times when the team simply got lucky with some great saves from David. Beek started the game only to go off the field before halftime. Within four minutes of his entry, Garnacho took his place and provided an assist.
Manchester United previously played Wolves and won 1-0, which came from a single goal scored by Rashford in the 76th minute. The team was able to maintain dominance with 55% possession.
The one against Bournemouth is not the only victory with a huge margin. On December 28, 2022, Manchester United defeated Nottingham Forest 3-0. Rashford stood tall with an opener in the 19th minute. He was complemented by Martial in the 23rd minute and Fred in the concluding moments of the event. Martial led the strike with Fernandes, Rashford, and Antony at his back.
Arsenal is currently in first place with 44 points. After four consecutive victories, the team tied its last contest. Newcastle is in second place with 35 points, trailing Manchester City, who has 36 points.
Everton has a long way to go to move up from the 16th position. It will play against United on January 7, 2023.
Arsenal will look to secure a win against Oxford United on January 10, 2023. A draw with Newcastle has not affected its overall statistics; however, a victory will help the team’s chances of staying at the top. Betting on football will have some notable and unexpected turns during the event.
Rashford has a responsibility to fill the shoes of Cristiano Ronaldo. He has, so far, done the job well.