Manchester United 3-1 Bournemouth: Rooney, Rashford key blowout

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  • Match rescheduled from Sunday
  • Rooney with goal, assist
  • Rashford, Young score
  • United finishes fifth

Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young scored as Manchester United sealed fifth place in the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday at Old Trafford.

The match was postponed from Sunday after a bomb scare before kickoff.

A late Chris Smalling own goal was Bournemouth’s tally, denying David De Gea a share of the PL Golden Glove Award with Petr Cech.

United’s win allows them direct passage into the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, while Bournemouth finishes 16th in its first season in the top flight. United will face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Final on Saturday.

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There wasn’t much to like about a first half hour that saw United possess the heck out of the ball but rarely move into dangerous positions until Michael Carrick slid onto the end of an over the top pass, redirecting his shot at keeper Adam Federici.

The Red Devils went ahead before halftime, as Anthony Martial worked a 1-2 with Juan Mata before passing through the 18. Marcus Rashford dummied the ball for Rooney, who passed the ball into the center of the goal.

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The Cherries had an inspired spell of work inside the United box early in the second half, but Dan Gosling‘s shot was rushed over the net by an onrushing tackler.

Penalty shouts soon followed at the other end, as Mata’s dribble came together with Steve Cook in what should’ve been a penalty for the United midfielder. No call.

United was set to find its insurance goal when Marcus Rashford made a skillful move to the left of Federici before Jesse Lingard‘s shot was deflected wide. Then Antonio Valencia eyed up a shot from 25-30 yards that Federici flew to remove from its path to the upper 90.

Rashford made it 2-0 as the clock hit 74, putting his hard shot through multiple pairs of legs and into the Bournemouth goal for his fifth PL tally of the season.

And then Rooney’s terrific over-the-top pass found Young, who chested the ball down and had plenty of time to cut the ball just past Federici. 3-0.