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Late VAR Drama Denies Bournemouth Victory Over United

Thrilling Standoff at Bournemouth Ends in Stalemate for Manchester United

In a pulsating Premier League clash that saw the fortunes swing like a pendulum, Manchester United’s visit to Bournemouth culminated in a thrilling 2-2 draw, leaving the Red Devils with an all-too-familiar taste of frustration. This result stretched their challenging winless streak in the league to four consecutive fixtures, a testament to their current trials under the guidance of Erik ten Hag.

Bournemouth’s Bright Start

The hosts wasted no time asserting themselves, with Dominic Solanke opening the scoring at the 16-minute mark. His crisp finish, after outmanoeuvring Willy Kambwala, sent a clear signal: Bournemouth were here to compete. The Cherries’ intensity didn’t wane; they dominated the early exchanges, requiring Manchester United’s keeper, Andre Onana, to make crucial saves to keep the scoreline manageable.

United’s Comeback, Led by Fernandes

Trailing and tested, it was Bruno Fernandes who stepped up for Manchester United. The captain’s first equaliser, a composed finish from an Alejandro Garnacho assist, momentarily drew the sides level. However, the joy was short-lived as Justin Kluivert quickly restored Bournemouth’s lead, exploiting gaps in United’s defence.

Despite several close calls and a woodwork intervention, Bournemouth failed to capitalise further, which ultimately cost them dearly. Fernandes, true to form, found another level to his game and once again pulled United back from the brink with a well-taken but contentious penalty in the second half.

VAR Drama and Missed Opportunities

As the game neared its conclusion, a potential turning point emerged—a late penalty call for Bournemouth. However, after intense scrutiny from the VAR team, the foul was adjudged to have occurred just outside the area, adding another layer of drama to an already enthralling match.

United’s Inconsistencies

Manchester United’s fluctuating form remains a puzzle. Since their last Premier League victory over Everton on March 9th, they’ve struggled to harness any sort of consistency. Their sequence of results, especially against top-flight opponents like Brentford, Chelsea, and Liverpool, highlights a tendency to relinquish leads—a worrying trend for a team with their ambitions.

With their Premier League aspirations waning, United’s focus may now shift towards salvaging pride and potential silverware in the upcoming FA Cup semi-final against Coventry City.

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