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Bournemouth 0-1 Manchester United: Three talking points as the Red Devils tighten grip on top-four spot after Liverpool drop points

Manchester United defeated Bournemouth 1-0 today, leaving them on the cusp of securing a top-four place in the Premier League.

Erik ten Hag did not alter the starting XI which defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 last weekend.

The Red Devils made a perfect start, courtesy of a stunning finish from Casemiro in the ninth minute.

The Cherries came back stronger in the second half and tested David de Gea a couple of times. 

However, the Spanish goalkeeper made fine saves to record his 17th clean sheet of the season, making him the outright Premier League Golden Glove winner.

Here are our three talking points from the game.

Casemiro – Not your regular defensive midfielder

The Brazilian has been United’s signing of the season. Everyone knew about his astute defensive qualities, but he has been the complete midfield package for United.

He is a shrewd reader of the game and has the eye to make sublime passes from deep. 

His spectacular acrobatic strike took his tally to six goals and six assists for the Red Devils. These are great numbers for a midfielder whose primary role is to provide security to the defenders.

Jadon Sancho is still struggling

With Marcus Rashford missing out due to injury, Ten Hag banked on Jadon Sancho to shine on the left flank. However, the 23-year-old produced a disappointing performance yet again.

He was caught out of position multiple times in the first half, with the Cherries using their right flank to attack. Luke Shaw was often left alone defending against two men, with Sancho failing to track back.

Alejandro Garnacho showed much more intent in his 20-minute cameo to take on defenders than the England international.

Man United is just a whisker away from the Champions League

The Red Devils went level with Newcastle United with the three points. 

Liverpool drew their game against Aston Villa, which means Man United need just one point from their remaining two games to confirm a top-four finish this campaign.

The Merseyside club must thank Roberto Firmino, whose 89th-minute strike helped them salvage a draw against the Villians.

Man United’s final two games are at home to Chelsea and Fulham. They have been superb at the Theatre of Dreams and look set to host Champions League football next season.