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Published: 12:49 | 18/12/15

Bournemouth seal historic win


A fine second half performance helped Bournemouth to a thrilling 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Dean Court on Saturday evening.

The Cherries, who defeated Chelsea last weekend, took the lead after two minutes, and although they went in level at the break, they were superb in the second half as they collected a deserved three points.

The defeat capped a disastrous week for Louis van Gaal’s men as they followed up their embarrassing Champions League exit with another unacceptable performance.

Bournemouth started at a high-tempo as they looked to get at United’s inexperienced defence and they were ahead after just two minutes.

From a corner, Junior Stanislas whipped in a superb ball that deceived David De Gea and flew straight into the top corner.

The visitors, though, reacted well to the goal and they were almost level within a minute.

The ball dropped to Marouane Fellaini inside the penalty area, but his effort was brilliantly blocked by Artur Boruc from point blank range, the keeper then reacted superbly to deny Paddy McNair from the rebound.

The game was wide open with both sides focussed on attacking and it was United who went close again after 18 minutes.

Stanislas played a slack back pass that was pounced on by Anthony Martial who raced through one on one but he dragged his shot past the post when he really should have scored.

And this miss almost proved costly minutes later when Josh King broke the offside trap and raced clear, with only the keeper to beat.

The striker tried to round DeGea, but he was denied by the Spaniard as he made up for his error in the opening goal.

United, in contrast to many of their games this season, continued to go from back to front quickly and they grabbed a deserved equaliser after 24 minutes.

A long diagonal ball was superbly controlled by Memphis, and although his effort was saved by Boruc, the ball dropped to Fellaini who somehow managed to bundle in to make it 1-1.

It was all United after the goal as they continued to get the ball to the dangerous Memphis and he whipped in another good ball towards Fellaini, but it was eventually dealt with by the home defence as the sides went in level at the break.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first, but this time it was Bournemouth on the attack and they retook the lead after nine minutes of the half.

Again from a corner, Matt Richie played in a good ball that was met on the penalty spot by Josh King and he swept home to make it 2-1.

The hosts continued to attack as they looked to kill the game off and they really should have wrapped up the points with 20 minutes left.

Dan Gosling slipped a inch perfect ball into the path of substitute Glenn Murray and he turned McNair inside the area, but he blasted over from 10 yards when he really should have scored.

The home side really settled after this as they kept possession and frustrated United, with the visitors unable to get hold of the ball to attack.

And it wasn’t until the final minutes that the visitors began to throw men forward, but they were unable to find an equaliser as Eddie Howe’s men held on to secure another historic win.

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