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Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester United: Red Devils capitalize on defensive errors

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  • Bournemouth defensive errors gave Mata, Rooney goals
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on debut
  • Adam Smith bagged Bournemouth’s only goal

It wasn’t exactly pretty, but Manchester United will take it.

On Jose Mourinho’s debut with the Red Devils, the visitors scored a pair of ugly goals highlighted by some disastrous defending that sent United home with all three points. Juan Mata bagged the opener just before halftime after a howler at the back from Simon Francis, and the second fell to Wayne Rooney who somehow found himself completely unmarked to nod home easily.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic also wanted in on the party, capping the scoring for United with their third of the day, and a consolation for Adam Smith was the only positive the hosts could find.

The start of the match was sluggish, with just a few moments of heavy physical contact – including Zlatan Ibrahimovic barreling over a pair of Bournemouth defenders – breaking up the otherwise listless first 15 minutes.

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Finally, there was some action on goal as Callum Wilson of Bournemouth struck a shot that grazed the outside of the post and slid just wide in the 17th minute, although the play was subsequently pulled back for a foul on Wilson.

United had its first chance on net when Anthony Martial burst down the left wing and cut inside on 24 minutes, shooting from the far corner of the box, but it blazed well over. The Cherries began dug in defensively, and United looked to break down the compact style with short, tight passing. It worked Rooney a shot that produced the game’s first save, a comfortable one down low to the left of Artur Boruc.

With the game lacking a spark, Bournemouth earned a free-kick on the left edge but it came to nothing after solid defending by the visitors. Instead of a spark, Manchester United were gifted a gaffe. The Cherries gashed themselves at the back five minutes before the break, with a pair of hideously poor touches from Simon Francis on an otherwise innocuous long-ball from Ander Herrera.

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First, Francis appeared to be caught between a touch and a back-pass, and instead just handed Juan Mata the ball free on goal. Boruc came out in an attempt to smother the ball, but instead he sent it flying off Francis’s leg, and the ball rebounded again into the path of Mata, who touched home for the opener.

After the break, United’s attack looked more up to the task. Rooney had a great chance saved well by Boruc five minutes after halftime, and a penalty shout in the 52nd minute that was waved away correctly. Rooney would finish a chance on the hour mark, after a scuffed shot from Antonio Valencia fell right to the England captain, and all alone in the box he headed past Boruc.

Ibrahimovic nearly put United 3-0 up moments later with a close-range free-kick, but Boruc produced a fantastic save to keep the Cherries within reach. You can’t keep Ibra out forever, though, as the Swedish superstar would indeed produce United’s third with a clinical effort from outside the box, a low strike into the far corner.

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Bournemouth would get a nice goal in the 69th minute as Adam Smith produced a stunning bit of attacking play to beat David De Gea. A ball from Lewis Grabban sprung Smith down the right, and his cut-back touch produced the space to fire a missile into the top corner to bring the Cherries back within two.

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It would prove too little too late, as Manchester United easily saw the game out. Zlatan had the opportunity for another late, but he instead laid off for new signing Henrik Mkhitaryan – on as a substitute – and the pass was wayward. De Gea was required one more time in injury time, as Andrew Surman fired a shot on a corner. United’s opening day win is their 16th on the first match of a season, moving them above Chelsea for most in the Premier League.

Liverpool squanders lead as Shrewsbury forces FA Cup replay

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Liverpool may be crushing the Premier League, but League One side Shrewsbury Town wasn’t phased facing the juggernaut at its home ground New Meadow, not even after falling 2-0 down on a horrid own-goal. Instead, the hosts came back to draw 2-2 and force an FA Cup fourth round replay at Anfield.

Liverpool started a youthful lineup that featured youngsters Curtis Jones, Neco Williams, Pedro Chirivella, and Harvey Elliott mixed in with Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi, and Dejan Lovren. The opener came in the 15th minute via 18-year-old Jones who slurped up a fabulous through ball from Chirivella and slotted it home from a tight angle past a charging Shrewsbury goalkeeper Max O’Leary.

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The second came just seconds after the second-half restart on a comical own-goal as former Manchester United defender Donald Love poked a Williams cross into his own net under absolutely no pressure. It was a brainless decision as it appeared Love meant to poke the ball behind for a corner, but with nobody nearby, he somehow finished into the lower left corner instead.

After Liverpool doubled its lead at 2-0, Shrewsbury came to life and began to challenge the young Liverpool lineup. Callum Lang found himself through on goal with a great chance to bring the hosts back into the match, but his one-on-one change was saved by the fingertips of a diving Adrian. Shrewsbury did eventually cut the lead in half after Yasser Larouci cut down Josh Laurent in the penalty area and substitute Jason Cummings slotted home the chance from the spot.

The Shrews were a tough out with confidence back high after the goal, O’Leary made a fantastic diving save to stop Divock Origi. He booted down the field and and they drew level in the 75th minute as Cummings grabbed his second as he brought down a long ball and split the Liverpool defensive duo Williams and Lovren. Once past the Liverpool defenders he slotted home cooly past Adrian to equalize.

Jones nearly won it for Liverpool late as the ball squirted across the line in a goalmouth scramble, but his sliding effort was blocked off the line by a Scott Goldbourne tackle.

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Eriksen to Inter nearly complete, Spurs looking for replacement

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Tottenham Hotspur is in the news on multiple fronts this Sunday morning, for both incoming and outgoing transfer rumors.

Christian Eriksen, who has been heavily linked with a move to Inter, is nearing the completion of that deal, according to Inter CEO Beppe Marotta who went public with the news. “We are not hiding, we have been negotiating with Tottenham for some time,” Marotta told DAZN about the Eriksen move. “I am optimistic, I hope to conclude as quickly as possible. I am confident that it can be resolved in the next few days.”

Despite all the speculation, Eriksen has been playing for Spurs, but he was held out of the squad for Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw with Southampton. Gianluca di Marzio reports that talks have progressed to the stage where Eriksen is expected in Italy today for a medical.

The 27-year-old’s contract is up at the end of the season, and Spurs clearly wished to offload him early rather than see him leave for nothing. However, the delay Marotta suggested is reportedly due to Spurs hoping to secure an attacking replacement. Reports state their talks for Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose have fallen flat, while Spurs have reached out to PSV about Steven Bergwjin and continue to hold interest in AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek.

Tottenham has also reportedly been in contact with Juventus, according to tabloid reports in England. It would cost Spurs around $33 million, a win for Juventus given they signed Can on a free transfer in the summer of 2018. The 26-year-old midfielder has yet to earn a consistent place on the Juve squad packed with midfielders, with just eight Serie A appearances this season.


Leicester City is in a fight for the top four, but the Foxes have come down to Earth a bit in Premier League play, having picked up just 10 points in their last eight matches. That could push Leicester to make a move for a January reinforcement, and they have been linked with young French midfielder  Ibrahima Diallo.

According to a report in France, Leicester City submitted a $17.6 million bid for the 20-year-old who plays for Ligue 1 club Brest. The former Monaco youth product has 18 appearances for the 13th placed side, playing 90-minute shifts in nearly all of those.

Unfortunately for Leicester City, the report states that Diallo is wary of a move too soon in his career, wanting to finish out the year. That’s still workable, with the possibility of a permanent deal to Leicester City in January followed by a loan back to Brest for the remainder of the season, if that placates the player.


Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport is confident that Everton will move forward with the pursuit of Inter midfielder Matias Vecino before the January deadline.

The Sunday edition of the publication claims that Inter received an offer for the 28-year-old Uruguayan who’s made 14 appearances for Inter this season but has recently been out of the squad the last few weeks. The report says he’s interested in a move to Everton, and therefore the Toffees have gone forwad with a bid.

Manchester United drops Tranmere Rovers 6-0 in FA Cup

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Attacking drought for Manchester United? Not to worry, call on the defenders.

Harry Maguire, Diogo Dalot, and Phil Jones all scored brilliant first-half goals as Manchester United dropped League Two side Tranmere Rovers 6-0 to advance to the FA Cup fifth round. The Prenton Park pitch was in horrendous shape after heavy rain, but that didn’t stop Manchester United’s spectacular finishing in an offensive onslaught.

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Maguire was first up, picking out the opening goal on an absolute thunderbolt from outside the top of the box that weaved away from Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davieson and tucked into the top-right corner. The goal is his first for Manchester United and first overall in nearly a year, last scoring for Leicester City on January 30 of last year against Liverpool in a 1-1 draw.

Dalot found the back of the net next, a fabulous run through the top-right corner of the box that finished with a mesmerizing backheel to get away from his defender, finally rifling a howitzer into the far right corner of the net. Jesse Lingard soon got on the scoresheet himself, delivering a curler off a Maguire run through the middle as he picked up his first Manchester United assist and helped the Red Devils go 3-0 up before the 20 minute mark.

Jones picked out a fabulous header off an Andreas Pereira cross, meeting the ball past the far post and seeing it soar majestically into the top-left corner. Anthony Martial made it 5-0 before halftime, delivering a curler from near where Maguire scored his. After the break, substitute Tahith Chong was brought down by Davieson in the box, allowing Mason Greenwood to score from the spot.

Lyon winger Terrier stretchered off after collapsing

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A scary moment gripped Lyon’s home match against Toulouse as winger Martin Terrier was stretchered off after collapsing off the ball in the 26th minute.

Television cameras caught Terrier slowly bend forward then collapse backwards, lying motionless as his Lyon teammates immediately reacted with concern. After appearing unconscious for several seconds as teammates turned him on his side, the 22-year-old then woke violently, causing more concern.

Eventually, Terrier was conscious as he was loaded onto a stretcher and taken off the field, with his close friend Moussa Dembele visibly emotional on the pitch. Play resumed and Lyon took the lead just three minutes later through Maxwel Cornet.

The club released a statement on Terrier’s status at halftime, delivering good news that he was awake and recovering under close supervision. Lyon confirmed that Terrier had suffered a Vasovagal syncope, which results in sudden loss of blood pressure and heart rate which leads to fainting. A Vasovagal syncope often occurs from a trigger or stimuli – often the sight of blood or other extreme emotional distress – which causes the cranial nerve to react. It’s unclear what caused Terrier to faint, but he was shown breathing heavily in the immediate aftermath.

Karl Toko Ekambi came on for Terrier, making his club debut after joining last week on loan from Villareal.

A Lille youth product, Terrier joined Lyon from Strasbourg in the summer of 2018 and has been a major component of their recent success. He has made 16 Ligue 1 appearances this season, and while he hasn’t scored yet in league play, he has four goals in eight appearances across all other competitions, including a goal in four Champions League appearances.