#ManUnited: Too little too late, show by LVG and his men
Image Credits: soccersouls.com
After the bomb Fiasco on Sunday at Old Trafford, Manchester United last game of the season was postponed to Tuesday night. The games significance was reduced as United needed to beat Bournemouth by 19 goals to have a chance to beat City to the 4th place, the last Champions League qualifying place. For a team that has averages 1.4 goals 19 goals was highly unlikely and the empty seats at the stadium confirmed the lack of interest in the match. The only purpose of the match seemed to be preparation for the FA cup finals on Saturday.
LVG had placed on pitch a strong team with captain Rooney in a deeper role and the 18 year old sensation Marcus Rashford up front, he had promised an attacking approach to the game but then his philosophy of attack is quite the contrary of what normal attack is.
The buildup was painfully slow, United continued to assert their dubious record of having the most back passes in the league. The boring football continued in most of the 1st half and fans were growing restless and demands of Jose Mourinho started to ring through Old Trafford. In what would have ended as an uninspiring 1st half after LVG’s promise of attacking display, Rooney finally burst into the box in the 43rd minute and finished home a neat link up move of Mata and Martial. He fired home his 100th Goal for United at Old Trafford becoming only the 2nd player after Thierry Henry to score 100 or more Goals at a particular ground in the premier league.
The 2nd half was more promising as United made more chances and tried to open up Bournemouth Defense and it paid dividends
with Rashford firing home United’s second his 5th in the premier league and made his chances of making it to the Euros 2016 final squad even more prominent. Ashley Young playing after being out of contention for most of the season due to injury added a 3rd in the 87th minute after a brilliant pass from Rooney but this was not the last of action as Chris Smalling ended up conceding an own goal in the 93rd minute and in the process robbed David De Gea of the Golden Glove Award for the most clean sheets in the Premier league, Peter Cech in his first season at Arsenal went home with the honors.
A win helped United be level on their record of winning the least number of matches in a season at Premier league and a 5th place finish ensured that they qualify automatically for Europa League Group Stage and do not have to face a qualifier.
United have a FA cup final at Wembley against Crystal Palace on Saturday a win could be a face saver for LVG and the team in what has been another forgetful season for the fans three in three seasons now. A defeat however may be treated with more joy as that could mean an end of road for LVG.