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PL Collection: United's best games v Bournemouth

Wednesday 08 June 2022 09:00

Bournemouth are back in the big time and we will discover when we'll face the Cherries after the fixture list is released on 16 June.

The Premier League Collection is now available to view in full on the United App and ManUtd.com, and this enables us to pick out some of the best moments from previous encounters with the south coast outfit.

Bournemouth reached the Premier League for the first time in 2015 and we will be adding to 10 previous meetings with them in the division.

The first video we've selected is from the opening day of the 2016/17 season, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his league debut with a goal.

AFC Bournemouth 1 United 3 Video

AFC Bournemouth 1 United 3

14 August 2016: Jose Mourinho takes charge of his first Premier League game as United boss, away to Bournemouth...

A sunny start to the season by the seaside was the perfect backdrop to Jose Mourinho's first league game in charge of the Reds. Juan Mata's opening goal, in the 40th minute, owed much to a defensive calamity by the home side, with Simon Francis inadvertently teeing up the Spaniard for the easiest of finishes. Some breathing space was secured on the hour mark when Anthony Martial's shot led to Wayne Rooney heading home to double the advantage. The away fans were craving a strike from Zlatan, though, as the charismatic Swede had already made his mark in pre-season. The veteran striker duly obliged by drilling a 25-yarder past keeper Artur Boruc and, with another new boy in Eric Bailly also impressing, this was a perfect opener. Not even Adam Smith's consolation could take any shine off the day.


The Reds blitzed Bournemouth with three goals in the first half, before Romelu Lukaku added a fourth, to end 2018 on a real high. The late-December clash was only five minutes old when Paul Pogba benefited from some dazzling footwork by Marcus Rashford. The France international then headed home an Ander Herrera cross as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it three league wins out of three as caretaker manager. Rashford continued to shine and got in on the act by beating Asmir Begovic from a Martial centre. Nathan Ake pulled one back soon afterwards, before the half-time whistle, but Lukaku restored the three-goal lead when converting a pass by Pogba. Bailly was sent off for a foul on Ryan Fraser but the points had long been wrapped up.

United 4 AFC Bournemouth 1 Video

United 4 AFC Bournemouth 1

30 December 2018: United were flowing with confidence again in front of an atmospheric Old Trafford crowd....


A game taking place in July and behind closed doors, due to the pandemic, may have lacked any atmosphere but it certainly made up for it in terms of goals and entertainment. Things even got off to a bad start for United when Junior Stanislas handed the relegation-threatened visitors a surprise lead. Mason Greenwood levelled before Rashford punished an Adam Smith handball by firing in from the penalty spot. Martial bagged a real stunner, with a terrific curling drive that dipped just under the bar, but the Cherries responded after the interval. Bailly was adjudged to have handled inches inside the area and ex-Red Joshua King took full advantage from the spot. Any hopes of a comeback were dashed when Greenwood added his second and Bruno Fernandes belted a superb free-kick past Aaron Ramsdale to supply the icing on the cake.

United 5 AFC Bournemouth 2 Video

United 5 AFC Bournemouth 2

4 July 2020: The Reds stormed to victory with an electrifying attacking display at Old Trafford...

Manager Mourinho may have been far from happy with the performance but there was the elation of an injury-time winner for those who travelled down south to witness a victory that had not looked like arriving for much of the contest. Callum Wilson poked the home side in front and it was difficult to argue that it was not a deserved lead after the Cherries flew out of the traps. Against the run of play, Martial levelled matters, following good approach play by Ashley Young and Alexis Sanchez, and United improved after the break. Young hit the woodwork via a free-kick, with Bournemouth scrambling the rebound away, as Rashford and Pogba went close to finding the net. Rashford was to come up trumps, however, in the dying seconds. Pogba stood up a cross from the left and the then-21-year-old appeared to take an age before being able to provide a finish that sparked predictably joyous scenes in the away end.
AFC Bournemouth 1 United 2 Video

AFC Bournemouth 1 United 2

3 November 2018: Marcus Rashford was the Reds' hero on the south coast...


Games played: 10
United wins: 7
Draws: 1
Bournemouth wins: 2
United goals: 22
Bournemouth goals: 10
Top scorer: Marcus Rashford (4)