Marcus Rashford came off the bench to hit a late winner for Man Utd in an end-to-end game at Bournemouth.
Pre-match talk surrounded the absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez started in his place, occasionally linking play but largely anonymous throughout besides some flashes of skill.
Anthony Martial’s fourth goal in as many Premier League games looked to be good enough for a draw after Callum Wilson’s opener, before Rashford nicked all three in the final moments.
Romelu Lukaku was absent from the match day squad after picking up an injury in training on Friday, with Alexis Sanchez chosen to lead the Manchester United line and Marcus Rashford left on the bench.
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Bournemouth switched to a back four, pushing David Brooks in a number 10 role behind Wilson and Junior Stanislas.
That trio were threatening from the off, but it was Ryan Fraser who should have opened the scoring after an error from Chris Smalling, but a poor touch took him wide, allowing David De Gea to block.
Wilson and Stanislas then missed further chances before the hosts took a deserved lead just 11 minutes in.
United were too keen to push out after a corner, leaving Lewis Cook in acres of space down the right to cross for Wilson, who easily tucked away his sixth league goal of the season.
Adam Smith almost doubled the lead with a miscued cross that turned into a shot, before United found a way back in against the run of play when Martial converted Sanchez’s cut back.
David Brooks almost restored the lead with a brilliant backheel flick from Fraser’s cut back, but it was the visitors who began the second half on the front foot.
Juan Mata almost stranded Asmir Begovic with a wonderful pass over the top for Martial, before Luke Shaw was sent through and Begovic made an excellent block.
Jose Mourinho made a double change before the hour mark, introducing Rashford and Ander Herrera in place of Fred and Mata.
Ashley Young then rattled a free-kick off the bar before Nathan Ake somehow blocked Rashford’s rebound effort from six yards out and Brooks got back to smash clear on the line after a ricochet off Paul Pogba.
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But it was Rashord who struck, making amends for his earlier miss to find the back of the net from Pogba’s cross.