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Bournemouth 2-2 Manchester United

Bournemouth 2-2 Manchester United. Manchester United twice had to come from behind to deny Bournemouth victory as the Red Devils’ winless Premier League run extended to four games.

Captain Bruno Fernandes scored both goals for the visitors, who first trailed to Dominic Solanke’s opener before Justin Kluivert gave the Cherries a half-time lead.

Solanke ensured Bournemouth took reward for their positive start with an assured finish low into the corner after getting the better of Willy Kambwala in the 16th minute.

That breakthrough only served to further motivate the home side and Andre Onana was required to deny Milos Kerkez at his near post shortly after, before Luis Sinisterra shot narrowly wide and Ryan Christie twice went close.

Bournemouth were punished for their wastefulness in front of goal when Fernandes levelled from Alejandro Garnacho’s cut-back.

But Kluivert restored the hosts’ lead five minutes later as a simple ball from Marcos Senesi exposed the generous amount of space between Diogo Dalot and Kambwala.

Bournemouth should have been out of sight before the interval, with wing-back Kerkez heading against the crossbar and Kluivert failing to beat Onana at close range, although Fernandes struck the bar with a superb attempt in response.

With the Cherries unable to extend their advantage, Fernandes equalised again midway through the second half – this time stepping up to convert a penalty awarded after Kobbie Mainoo’s shot deflected on to the unfortunate Adam Smith.

United, whose hopes of securing European football were further dented, dropped one place to seventh following Newcastle United’s 4-0 win over Tottenham earlier on Saturday.

Bournemouth, who remain 12th, thought they had been awarded a late penalty but, following a lengthy video assistant referee (VAR) review, Kambwala’s foul on Christie was determined to have taken place outside the box.

It is a damning indictment of Manchester United’s second season under Erik ten Hag that still, 32 games into the campaign, onlookers remain unsure what to expect from the Dutchman’s side from game to game, and from half to half.

United have not won in the Premier League since 9 March – that home victory over Everton representing their only win in seven games in the competition. Their last away league win came against Luton Town, on 18 February.

The Red Devils failed to hold on to leads against Brentford, Chelsea and Liverpool in the space of nine days last week – taking their total number of points dropped to a club record 15 in the Premier League this season and seemingly ending their hopes of Champions League qualification.

But they never appeared capable of establishing a lead in the late-afternoon sun on the south coast, with Fernandes’ two equalisers representing United’s only attempts on target.

The under-pressure Ten Hag named the same 11 whose second-half revival earned a point against title-chasing Liverpool – but there was no sense of momentum here and the usually lively Garnacho was substituted at half-time.

Fernandes was a rare source of inspiration for United and the Portuguese skipper was seen voicing his frustration when no team-mates were alert to his desire to play a quick free-kick as they trailed, before he delivered with typical composure from the penalty spot.

Fortunate to escape with a point here, United’s attention now turns to keeping their last hope of silverware alive when they face Championship side Coventry City in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next Sunday.

source – BBC

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