Bournemouth 0-2 Man Utd: Red Devils tighten grip on 2nd

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  • United moves to 74 points
  • Smalling scores from Lingard
  • Pogba assists Lukaku
  • Bournemouth remains 11th

Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku scored as Manchester United rebounded from a weekend loss to top Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday.

United moves four points clear of Liverpool and six ahead of Spurs in the race for second, with all three teams having played 34 matches.

Bournemouth sits 11th with 38 points, three back of Newcastle which has played two fewer matches.

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Bournemouth was busy in the first 10 minutes, capped by a Phil Jones intervention to thwart a burst by Callum Wilson, and Jordon Ibe’s shot going wide of goal.

United had a top chance through Rashford, who muscled the ball off Nathan Ake and had a rip diverted for a corner by Asmir Begovic.

The goal came moments later, with Smalling darting into the six to meet a feed from Jesse Lingard.

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Luke Shaw dodged giving a way a penalty when he wrapped up Wilson on a 56th minute cross.

United made it 2-0 with a classy connection between Pogba and Lukaku, who finished with a deft chop over the sliding Begovic.

PL Preview: Bournemouth vs. Man Utd

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Manchester United looks to get off the mat after a stunning home loss to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend when it visits Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday (Watch live at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Manchester United rebounded from its previous five losses by a combine score of 10-2.

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This is United’s match-in-hand on chasers Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. The Red Devils’ 71 points betters Liverpool by one and Spurs by three.

Bournemouth would like to finish top half, and enters the day three points back of 10th place Newcastle United despite playing one more match.

What they’re saying

Bournemouth’s Simon Francis on the club mindset“We are in our third season in the Premier League and don’t go into games being too naïve any more. I think you can be a victim of that in your first season because you don’t know what to expect at times.”

Manchester United’s David De Gea on rebounding from WBA loss“It was a tough one to take. It was a real blow and we’re all a bit down. It was such an unexpected defeat. But the good thing is we have got a game coming right up on the back of this defeat. It’s a real chance to lift ourselves and get back to winning ways.”

Prediction

A Red Devils rebound, though a second-tier team just gets over the line in a 2-1 win.

Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth: The trident delivers

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  • Salah scores 40th
  • Fourth 40+ goal season from LFC player
  • First African to score 30 PL goals in a season
  • Mane also scores

Mohamed Salah made history sandwiched between Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino as Liverpool’s trident delivered a 3-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday.

According to Opta, Salah is the third Liverpool player to score 40-plus goals in all competitions in a single season after Roger Hunt (1961-62) and Ian Rush (1983-84 and 1986-87).

Sadio Mane also scored for Liverpool, who moves to 70 points. They are three points ahead of Spurs, and have played two more games ahead of Tottenham’s 2:45 p.m. ET match with Man City.

Bournemouth remains 11th with 38 points.

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Mohamed Salah provided two chances for a Liverpool opener in the first five minutes to no avail.

The Reds went up through Mane’s rebound finish after his initial header was saved by Asmir Begovic.

Salah then forced Begovic into an 18th minute save, and his first touch betrayed him when a scooped 39th minute pass from Mane put him 1v1 with the keeper.

He got it in the 69th, heading a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross over the leaping Begovic.

Firmino finishing the scoring in the 90th minute, cutting across his body to beat Begovic inside the near post. It was a finish that was harder than it looked, for sure.

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Watch Live: Liverpool vs. Bournemouth

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Liverpool brings the good vibes from a Champions League sweep of Manchester City back to Anfield for a Saturday match-up with Bournemouth (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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The Reds’ XI will get a wild reception from the home crowd, and Jordan Henderson slides into the unit for James Milner.

Bournemouth starts Jermain Defoe up top, with Joshua King underneath the English veteran.

LINEUPS

Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino, Mane. Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Moreno, Klavan, Ings, Solanke, Woodburn.

Bournemouth: Begovic, Daniels, Ake, S. Cook, Francis, Ibe, Gosling, L. Cook, Fraser, King, Defoe. Subs: Boruc, Simpson, B. Smith, Surman, Pugh, Mousset, Wilson.

Bournemouth 2-2 Crystal Palace: Back-and-forth

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  • Milivojevic scores free kick
  • Zaha also nabs beauty
  • Cherries come back from 1-0, 2-1

Joshua King and Lys Mousset each scored equalizers as Bournemouth nabbed a point against desperate Crystal Palace in a 2-2 match at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha scored superb goals for Palace, which moves five points clear of the drop zone.

Bournemouth is eight clear, in 11th place with 38 points.

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Callum Wilson had a decent early chance for Bournemouth, but couldn’t cut his shot on frame.

A match challenged by a relatively slow first half saw its tone and tenor changed dramatically by Milivojevic’s wonderful 47th free kick, giving Palace a 1-0 lead.

Mousset restored level footing when he scored within a minute of subbing into the fray, bending a shot into the goal from just inside the box.

Zaha’s winner is the type of goal dreams are made of, as the Ivorian created his chance and scored with style to make it 2-1.

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