EPL: Manchester United finish fifth after 3-1 win over Bournemouth

| Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 14:49
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Manchester United finish fifth after 3-1 win

London: Manchester United uplifted their spirits after a rather dull first half against Bournemouth to finish their English Premier League season on a high with a 3-1 win at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Not a rare sight this season under the leadership of Dutchman Louis van Gaal, United struggled in the first half with the only pretty sight being Wayne Rooney’s 100th goal at the gorgeous Old Trafford in the 43rd minute to put the Red Devils one up.

The second half saw a rejuvenated Manchester United with Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney putting on display some terrific passing and lofts at the Theatre of Dreams bringing back memories of the past when their modus operandi was more on the attacking side.

Following some good moves and assists, United doubled their lead in the 74th minute with a Marcus Rashford strike. Ashley Young then converted a lovely lofted ball from Rooney to shatter all hopes for the visiting Cherries in the 87th minute.

Chris Smalling, however, dented David de Gea’s hopes of winning the Premier League Golden Glove award which was won by Arsenal’s Petr Cech after the latter kept 16 clean sheets. Gea had 15 this season.

In what could prove to Louis van Gaal’s last EPL match as commander in chief of Manchester United, with rumours strong of Jose Mourinho taking over, it was an apt way to end the season.

United have one last game to play this season – the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on May 21 at the Wembley Stadium.

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