Manchester United wrapped up the Premier League season with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
- Manchester United 3 Bournemouth 1
- Rooney scores 100th Old Trafford goal
- Rashford adds to his tally
- Young tucks home the third
- Smalling own goal from Gradel’s shot
United took the lead towards the end of a rather tepid first half, with Wayne Rooney slotting home his 100th goal at Old Trafford after Anthony Martial had teed it up for the captain.
The Red Devils increased the pressure in the second half and doubled their lead in the 75th minute when young striker Marcus Rashford continued his fine scoring form by picking out the bottom corner from Antonio Valenciá’s knock-down.
There was time for more goals in the final minutes, with Ashley Young latching onto Rooney’s superb scooped through-ball to make it three before Chris Smalling found his own net by deflecting Max Gradel’s shot past David De Gea.
There were few clear-cut chances in an evenly-contested first half, and it took until the 38th minute for the first real chance to arrive, and it fell to an unmarked Marc Pugh after Simon Francis had made his way down the right flank and cut it back from byline, but Chris Smalling was able to get a block in.
United then took the lead in the 43rd minute through Wayne Rooney, who scored his 100th goal at Old Trafford after Anthony Martial and Juan Mata had linked up well down the left for the former squared it across goal for the captain to tuck away, with Marcus Rashford also doing well to let the ball across run past him.
The Red Devils had a penalty appeal waved away soon after the break Steve Cook bundled into Mata in the 52nd minute, and hit the crossbar four minutes later when Michael Carrick had a go for distance and saw his shot take a deflection off Tommy Elphick en route to the woodwork.
Cherries goalkeeper Adam Federici was a busy man around the hour mark when Antonio Valencia took aim from long-range and had the ball on a trajectory towards the top corner, and he had to get down low a couple of minutes later when Mata got another shot away from inside the box. A few minutes earlier and the Spaniard had latched onto Rashford’s ball back from the byline, but could only find Cook’s face for the block.
The second goal eventually arrived in the 75th minute after Valencia nodded down a long ball forward for Rashford to strike sweetly on the half-volley and bury in the bottom corner.
Rooney then continued his fine showing ahead of the Euros with a brilliant assist in the 87th minute, arcing it over the defence to pick out Ashley Young’s run, with the winger taking it down on his chest before bundling it home under the goalkeeper.
The Cherries then pulled one back deep into stoppage time to deny David De Gea the clean sheet, with Lewis Grabban getting down to the byline and cutting it back for Max Gradel to shoot, and beat the Spaniard with the help of a big deflection off Smalling.
The result means that United finish in fifth place on the Premier League standings, level on points with cross-town rivals City, but with an inferior goal difference. As a result, the Red Devils will do battle in the Europa League next season and not the Champions League.