With four straight wins in the Premier League, Manchester United are on track to return to the Champions League as the team goes from strength to strength under Ole Gunnar Solaskar. Meanwhile, the man transforms into Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho, just not being able to go to Tottenham. Although United won 3–0 at Aston Villa on Thursday, Tottenham also could not play a shot at goal against the most defenses since the Premier League began last month.
The 0–0 draw at Bournemouth was arguably the worst game since the resumption of the English top flight. “The performance was not very good,” Mourinho said. Unlike United’s latest thrilling performance, couldn’t be better.
Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes scored again – for his seventh goal in 10 games since joining in January, punished, punished and teenage striker Mason Greenwood scored his fourth goal in the last three games. Paul Pogba added third place in the second half with his first goal of an injured season. United finished fifth but went within a point of fourth-placed Leicester, whose long stay in the top four could soon end. This cannot be the case.
The fifth-placed side will be enough to automatically qualify for the Champions League this season until second-placed Manchester City manage to take their two-year European ban back to the courts. The decision should be announced next week on Citi’s appeal.
Tottenham, who were Champions League finalists last season, can forget about playing in the European Elite competition and may not even qualify for the Europa League at this rate. Mourinho’s team are nine points behind United in ninth place ahead of North London’s derby against Arsenal on Sunday.
United became a comfortable winner at Villa Park, but only after going on their way by a controversially awarded penalty. Fernandes went to the ground inside the field, even though he appeared on the right ankle of Villa defender Ezri Konsa after the ball rolled around. After a consultation with VAR, the on-field decision to award a penalty was upheld and Fernandes misjudged Pepe Reina from the spot in the 27th minute.
It was the 13th penalty of the combined season. No team has ever been more highly regarded in a Premier League campaign.
18-year-old Greenwood has shown that he is equally adept at shooting with his left or right leg after a burst this season. His latest goal was with his right, with both feet coming off the ground as he fired home a shot from the edge of the area in the first half.
Pogba and Fernandes are starting to click for United in the middle midfield and they combined for the third goal. Fernandes found Pogba free on the edge of the area from a corner, and the French finished the house with a steady Reina.
Mercy of MOURINHO
Morenho recalled the referee’s failure to deliver a penalty early in the game against Bournemouth for a push in the back on Harry Kane.
Maybe it was a chance to hide his team’s shortcomings as Bournemouth had no shot at goal in a game for the first time since promotion to the Premier League in 2015. Tottenham were lucky enough to run away with a point, after a ball was thrown by VAR with a goal from an overhead kick from Callum Wilson in the 90th minute, as Josh King’s partner Josh King spread it into the net was gone.
Bournemouth finished third-to-last in the charge zone, but now have three points from safety with four games remaining.
Danny Ings kept himself in the running for Southampton with his 19th goal of the season to win the 1–1 Golden Boot at Everton. Striker Leicester are three goals behind lead scorer Jamie Vardy. In the 31st minute at Goodison Park, Ings scored a goal, three minutes after James Ward-Prowse missed a penalty for the spectators. Richardson equalized for Everton in a game between two mid-table teams shortly before halftime.