Manchester United 4-1 Bournemouth LIVE commentary stream: Lukaku adds a fourth in the second half

29 Dec

Manchester United are looking to make it three wins from three since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed interim manager when Bournemouth visit in the Premier League on Sunday.

And you can listen to live commentary of the match on talkSPORT, kick-off 4:30pm.

Solskjaer has been a breath of fresh air at Old Trafford

Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho on an interim basis before Christmas, the Red Devils have been in scintillating form.

A 5-1 win over Cardiff City was followed up by a 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town at home on Boxing Day.

Conversely, Bournemouth have won just three times in their last ten Premier League fixtures and were humbled 5-0 at Wembley by Tottenham Hotspur in their last game.

Paul Pogba is in scintillating form after netting a brace in his last game

What the managers are saying

Solskjaer (on his under-performing superstars): “My chats with Anthony [Martial], Romelu, Alexis, whoever has not felt they have produced their best football, I’m here to guide them, help them on the path and it’s up to them to do it on the pitch.

“I don’t agree that I’ve done that with Paul and I can do that with Romelu and Alexis. It’s up to them when they get a chance. That’s the name of the game as a footballer, you’ve got to do it yourself, you want help from your teammates and manager.”

Howe (on the challenge facing a rejuvenated Man United): “Sunday will be a tough game. Whenever you go to Old Trafford it’s a tough assignment.

“We’re looking forward to rising to the challenge, they’ve had two good results. We’d love to elevate our position, of course, [but] we’re still in control of what we do this season.”

Confirmed Teams

Manchester United: de Gea, Young, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw, Ander Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Martial

Subs: Jones, Mata, Lukaku, Andreas Pereira, Romero, Fellaini, Darmian
AFC Bournemouth: Begovic, Steve Cook, Ake, Daniels, Ibe, Brooks, Surman, Rico, Stanislas, Wilson, King

Subs: Boruc, Lerma, Mousset, Defoe, Fraser, Simpson, Mings

How to listen to live commentary

You can listen through our radio player below, through the talkSPORT App, on DAB digital radio or on 1089 or 1053 AM.


Simon Francis injury: Bournemouth captain facing up to nine months out after rupturing ACL against Tottenham

27 Dec

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis could be out for up to nine months with a cruciate ligament injury.

Francis, 33, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during their 5-0 loss to Tottenham in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

Francis was in a huge amount of respect after going down

He was carried from the field on a stretcher and after being assessed by the Cherries’ medical staff, underwent a scan in London on Wednesday evening which revealed the extent of the damage.

Manager Eddie Howe told the club’s official website, “We are devastated to have lost Simon to a serious knee injury.

“It is a huge blow for us to lose our captain and someone who has performed so well and consistently for the team over a long period of time.

“There is a long road ahead, but Simon is a model professional who has a positive mindset and is surrounded by good people. I know he will leave no stone unturned in order to get back as soon as possible.

“He will receive the best possible medical care, as well as the love and support of everyone at the club.”

Nottingham-born Francis joined Bournemouth from Charlton in July 2012 after a successful loan spell and has made more than 300 appearances for the club.