After the disappointment of losing at home to West Bromwich Albion, confirming rivals Manchester City‘s title win in the process, Wednesday night’s comfortable 2-0 win over Bournemouth was just the tonic for Manchester United as they prepare for their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.
José Mourinho’s men didn’t have it all their own way at the Vitality Stadium, but goals from Chris Smalling and substitute Romelu Lukaku, as well as a confidence-boosting display from Paul Pogba, ensured a relatively routine three points.
The performances of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera will have given Mourinho reason to consider his options as he selects his side to face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley for a place in the FA Cup final, too.
This is the first time in his managerial career that the Portuguese tactician hasn’t secured a league title in his second season with a club, so he will be desperate to triumph in the FA Cup in order to put a positive spin on his sophomore campaign at Old Trafford.
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