19-10-9, 5th Premier League
A. Young 87′ M. Rashford 74’W. Rooney 43′
11-18-9, 16th Premier League
C. Smalling 90’+3′
Barclays Premier League | May 17, 2016 | Old Trafford | Attendance: Unknown
Manchester United signed off for the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils knew a point would guarantee entry into the Europa League group stages and avoid a qualifying tie in July this year. Goals from captain Wayne Rooney 43′, Marcus Rashford 74′, Ashley Young 87′; and Chris Smalling (stupidly scoring his second own goal 90′ this season) ensured it was mission accomplished at the Theater of Dreams.
Manchester United’s last match of the Barclays Premier League should have been played 48 hours earlier after Sunday’s security scare with a “fake bomb” had forced an abandonment, cost millions of British Pounds outlays on police deployments, sniffer dogs and general security management. The abandonment had an impact on the crowd inside Old Trafford with not everyone who was here on Sunday able to make the rearranged matchup.
However, it was the same XI for United that was due to start the original match though, with Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian missing out through injury and illness ruling out Morgan Schneiderlin
Before kick-off, David De Gea was presented with the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award.
The match was goalless at half time with two minutes left on the clock. However, captain Rooney’s 100th Old Trafford strike in the Premier League gave United the first goal. The captain started the fine move with a pass out to the left wing. A neat one-two between Juan Mata and Anthony Martial led to the latter crossing for Rooney who, after a nice dummy from Rashford, slotted home from close range and the not so full Old Trafford erupted in cheers.
Possession: United 65% Bournemouth 35%
Shots: United 2 Bournemouth 2
Shots on target: United 1 Bournemouth 0
Corners: United 3 Bournemouth 0
An opportunity came when Rashford fired his eighth goal in 17 games. Rooney’s pinged pass found the head of Valencia who cushioned the ball to Rashford to sweep home brilliantly in front of the Stretford End of Old Trafford.
Young came off the bench to take the place of Martial up front and duly found the net with three minutes left after being put through by captain Rooney.
The players took part in a lap of appreciation after the final whistle to thank the Old Trafford faithful for their support all season.
United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson; Carrick, Rooney, Lingard, Mata (Herrera 75), Martial (Young 83), Rashford (Memphis 78).
Subs not used: Romero, Varela, Jones, A.Pereira.
Bournemouth: Federici; Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels; Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Pugh (Afobe 67); King (Gradel 67), Wilson (Grabban 79).
Subs not used (only six in total): Holmes, Jordan, O’Kane.
After the match, Louis Van Gaal took the microphone on the turf in the midst of the players to thank the Manchester United fans for their loyalty to the team despite the ups and downs. He also assured – with some measure of modesty – without raising too many hopes that United will smile with an FA Cup victory.
Manchester United just closed the Barclays Premier League season with a bang!
Now Wembley! Here we come!!
Up Man U!