Bournemouth - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United had taken a "step
back" after their mini-revival came to a crashing halt as Josh King's
strike earned Bournemouth a 1-0 win in treacherous weather conditions on
England's south coast.
Solskjaer's men had not won away from home
since March until 10 days ago, but three consecutive wins on the road
at Partizan Belgrade, Norwich and Chelsea to book a place in the League
Cup quarter-finals in midweek hinted at a turning point for the
Instead, the failings that have characterised their
season were back in evidence as a lack of goal threat and one moment of
slack defending inflicted a fourth Premier League defeat in 11 games.
have to win games like this. We are disappointed but when you come to
places like this you have to take control of the game. We did not and we
could not get the goal," Solskjaer said.
"We were missing some
quality at times. Maybe I should have started some others. I think we
started the game well though so maybe that was not the case."
their upturn in form lately, Solskjaer conceded he was expecting a
better result as United try to get back in the race for a top four
"You are always very down when you lose and considering
the form we were in we were hoping to take the three points. It is a
step back for us today, but we need to shake it off and go again," he
"The first goal was always going to be important. Every time
you concede a goal it is bad but we are disappointed with this. We had
time to tackle on a couple of occasions.
"We could not capitalise on the good start and a moment of magic won the game for them."
The visitors had started the brighter as both sides struggled to cope in the howling wind and rain.
Daniel James whistled a long-range effort just wide, whilst Anthony Martial saw appeals for a penalty waved away.
struck their decisive blow just before the break when King, who started
his career in England at United after being recommended to Alex
Ferguson by Solskjaer, came back to haunt his former employers.
Norwegian acrobatically lifted the ball beyond Victor Lindelof and
bamboozled Aaron Wan-Bissaka before firing past David de Gea.
enjoyed plenty of possession in the second period to try and find a
route back into the game, but even with Martial back to partner Marcus
Rashford in attack, they lacked a cutting edge.
tested Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale with a dipping effort from
the edge of the area, but it was not until Solskjaer threw on two
teenagers in Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams in the final 10
minutes that the visitors really ramped up the pressure.
came closest to an equaliser when he hit the post with his first touch
before Scott McTominay's shot was too close to Ramsdale, who collected
at the second attempt.
Bournemouth held out for a third
consecutive clean sheet and just their third victory over United in
their history to move above the Red Devils into sixth in the Premier