Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth: Lukaku nets victor

Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth: Lukaku nets victor

Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth: Lukaku nets victor

Romelu Lukaku's header, his 14th goal of the season in all competitions, was enough to separate the two sides.

The Spanish keeper kept out efforts from Charlie Williams, Dan Gosling and Ryan Fraser and blocked a fierce strike from substitute Jermain Defoe eight minutes from time as Bournemouth pressed for an equaliser that would not have been undeserved.

The Football Association has asked Jose Mourinho to clarify the comments he made in the pre-match conference for the Manchester derby.

Victory over Bournemouth in mid-week was little more than a palliative for Manchester United after the events of the weekend.

Speaking to Fox Sports Netherlands, Van Gaal said: "If you ask me how did I do at United, I will say it was my best year ever, given the circumstances I was working under".

"I am pleased with the three points, it was hard match".

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A moment of magic from the substitute forward nearly led to the game's second goal, only for his 25-yard drive to crash back off the underside of the bar.

Elsewhere, City kept up their relentless start to the season with a 4-0 win away to Swansea.

Howe said: "The players delivered the gameplan really well and we looked like we had a real cutting edge".

I don't know [how long he will be out] but his is an injury that comes from the last time he went with the global team and then we are trying a conservative treatment. - Bournemouth had five more shots on target than the home side in this game - the last opposition side to have more in a Premier League game at Old Trafford was Liverpool in March 2014 (six more).

"I think there was disappointment from Romelu, who had a disappointing game. We created opportunities, our defensive shape was very good and we deserved a lot more today", he said.

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