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Juve’s beautiful blowout sees Ronaldo free kick, Dybala magic (video)

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Technique isn’t leaving Cristiano Ronaldo any time soon.

The Portuguese star, 35, scored his 25th league goal of the season on a day of pretty goals for Juventus, who is moving closer to yet another Serie A scudetto.

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Juve opens up a 7-point lead on Lazio, who holds a match-in-hand, by beating up rivals Torino 4-1 at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium.

The match also holds special significance for Gianluigi Buffon. The veteran goalkeeper broke his tie with Paulo Maldini for most appearances in Serie A history when he made his 648th.

Ronaldo’s free kick was exceptional, his 629th senior goal coming in his 841th appearance (He has 221 assists in those outings).

Ronaldo and Juan Cuadrado each had a goal and an assist while Paulo Dybala scored with a wonderful bit of dribbling to open the scoring.

Andrea Belotti scored for Torino, who also conceded an own goal to The Old Lady.

Dybala, we mean, look at this shimmy.

Solskjaer hails forwards; Greenwood ‘best finisher’ he’s seen

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed his Manchester United forwards and said Mason Greenwood is the best finisher he’s ever worked with.

Some praise indeed from the ‘baby-faced assassin’ who is widely considered to be the best finisher in Premier League history.

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Greenwood, still just 18 years old, scored twice in the 5-2 demolition of Bournemouth on Saturday as Man United are now 16 games unbeaten in all competitions and have all of the momentum in the top four battle.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Solskjaer was delighted with the attacking display of his side and singled out academy product Greenwood for special praise.

“They are exciting. We have players who provide chances for them but they have pace and skill. It is just too bad our fans could not be here and spurred them on for a couple more,” Solskjaer said. “Mason [Greenwood] has chipped in with 15, Bruno’s [Fernandes] tally is going up so we have goals everywhere. I am not worried about goals in the team.

“Mason is one of the best if not the best finisher I have worked with and seen. He is so calm. He knows where to finish if it is on the training ground, here or in his garden at home. We have to build on that. Many big games to come and we need more big wins because we know our goal difference isn’t the greatest. Confidence is sky high, you get energy and confidence by performances and results and we are getting that at the minute. I have enjoyed the last few games to be honest and it is healthy, you don’t age as quickly.”

Greenwood has been a revelation since the restart and is now a regular starter on the right flank. With Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford alongside him, plus Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes feeding them all chances, it looks like Solskjaer has finally found the right balance for this Man United side.

They’ve scored 11 goals in their last three Premier League games and Greenwood’s clinical finishing and performances has perhaps calmed down any approaches for Ferran Torres or Jadon Sancho this summer, or even next year.

Greenwood, Rashford and Martial are all 24 years old or younger and this Man United attack is staking its claim to be the best in the Premier League as the aforementioned trio have now scored more goals (55) than Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino combined (51) in all competitions this season. Let that sink in. Greenwood has just become a regular, while both Rashford and Martial have been out injured

The potential for Greenwood and Co. is limitless and Man United fans everywhere will be incredibly excited by their finish to the 2019-20 season. There are still some defensive issues to iron out but going forward, Solskjaer has created an attacking juggernaut.

Red-hot Man United smash five past Bournemouth

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Manchester United beat Bournemouth 5-2 at Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side put in a dominant performance with Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all on the scoresheet.

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Greenwood scored twice, while Bournemouth went ahead through Junior Stanislas and Josh King made it 3-2 early in the second half before Man United’s offense exploded once again to boost their top four hopes.

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With the win Man United momentarily move into fourth place on 55 points, while relegation-threatened Bournemouth remain in 19th place and are one point from safety but their goal difference took a big hit.


Three things we learned

1. No need for new winger with Greenwood around: What a start to the restart Greenwood has had. 18 years of age and Greenwood is a natural finisher with both feet. He is a striker by trade but is playing on the right and with Rashford and Martial, they compliment one another perfectly. With Man United linked with a $130 million move for Jadon Sancho, why would they need to buy him? Greenwood could be just as good as Sancho and maybe even better. What a future he has.

2. Bruno Fernandes has huge impact: He scored one, set up another and gave the penalty kick to Rashford to boost his confidence. Fernandes is a total team player and Solskjaer has built his team around the Portuguese magician. Perhaps no Man United signing since Eric Cantona has had such a big impact and it feels like Fernandes was one of the final pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. What a player both technically and from a leadership point of view. Fernandes knits this entire Man United team together and is encouraging his teammates and he makes his teammates better.

3. Bournemouth at least creating chances: Yes, Bournemouth were thumped but at least Eddie Howe’s side were back to creating chances and scoring goals. Anything from this game would have been a bonus but Bournemouth are deep in relegation trouble and in their final five games they face Tottenham, Leicester, Southampton, Everton and Man City. How many of those games will they win? They need probably three wins to drag themselves out of the bottom three and time is running out. Bournemouth need to take chances and attack. This game proved they can do it.

Man of the Match

Mason Greenwood – This kid is the real deal. At the age of 18 he is showing up and he now has 15 goals in all competitions this season. What a talent. Fernandes could have been Man of the Match too, but it has to go to Greenwood.


Man United looked dangerous early on as Fernandes was played in over the top but his lobbed finished looped over the net.

Stanislas then stunned Man United as a cross into the box wasn’t cleared properly and after the Bournemouth winger had his first shot cleared, he picked up the loose ball, nutmegged Harry Maguire and beat David de Gea at his near post to put the Cherries ahead. The shock was well and truly on.

Fernandes’ free kick was saved well by Aaron Ramsdale but the Bournemouth goalkeeper was soon picking the ball out of his own net. Nemanja Matic found Marcus Rashford who played it to Fernandes, who picked out Greenwood to smash on goal and Ramsdale failed to hold onto the ball as Man United were level. 1-1.

Soon after they were ahead as a cross in the box saw Jefferson Lerma miss his clearance and the ball then hit Adam Smith on the hand and a penalty kick was awarded.

Rashford stepped up and stroked home the penalty to put Man United ahead before half time and Martial then extended their advantage with a superb curler. 3-1.

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Eric Bailly was brought on at half time and made a big mistake right away. He handled the ball right on the edge of the box and after a lengthy VAR check, a penalty kick was given and King slotted the spot kick home to give Bournemouth a lifeline. 2-3. Game on.

But just when it looked like Bournemouth had a chance of getting back in the game, Man United scored another stunner as Greenwood worked the ball onto his right foot and smashed home into the far top corner. The teenage sensation has been a revelation since the restart.

Fernandes then curled home a beauty of a free kick to make it 5-2 as Man United kicked on in the second half and Bournemouth had no answer to the fluid attacking play of the red-hot Red Devils.

Rashford then had a goal chalked off for offside as Bournemouth struggled to contain the rampant hosts and a host of subs saw the scoring end as Ramsdalde denied Pogba and Fred.

Man United extended their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions with minimum fuss.

VIDEO: Martial scores stunning goal

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Anthony Martial is in incredible form and scored a stunning goal for Manchester United against Bournemouth.

After Man United had went behind early on to a beauty from Junior Stanislas, the Red Devils clicked through the gears as Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford each scored to put them ahead.

Anthony Martial wanted to get in on the act too and he did so in style. He curled home a beautiful shot in off the crossbar as he was given way too much time to cut in from the left flank and find the far top corner.

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The Frenchman has scored four goals since the restart in the Premier League and his tally for the season is now 20 in all competitions. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been delighted with Martial, who scored a hat trick against Sheffield United since the restart and he is leading the line brilliantly.

Below is the goal from Anthony Martial as Man United’s attack is purring with Martial, Rashford and Greenwood all on fire and the duo of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba just behind them creating chances galore.

What a front three Man United have as Tony Martial scored again…

VIDEO: Stanislas bamboozles Man United stars Maguire, De Gea

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Junior Stanislas made fools out of Man United stars Harry Maguire and David de Gea to give Bournemouth a shock lead at Old Trafford.

Man United turned it around in the first half as Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford both scored to put the Red Devils in front, but Bournemouth gave them quite a scare early on.

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Stanisas had a shot which was blocked and he picked up the loose ball before nutmegging Harry Maguire, the most expensive defender in the history of the game, then somehow squeezing a shot home at the near post to beat David de Gea.

If there were fans inside Old Trafford they would have been stunned as both Maguire and De Gea were left scratching their heads in disbelief. Quite how Stanislas managed to score from this angle is a mind-boggling. It was great skill from the Bournemouth winger but also woeful defensive work from Man United.

Somewhere Roy Keane is apoplectic with rage at the defending on Stanislas’ goal, as Man United battled back well but they cannot afford many more mistakes like this if they’re going to finish in the top four this season.

Take a look at the video above to check out Junior Stanislas beating both Maguire and De Gea to score a memorable goal.