Bournemouth take another prized scalp to add to Manchester United’s woes

first_img It was United who were profligate in possession moments later as Blind’s pass went straight to Harry Arter, who freed Stanislas but De Gea was on hand to dive at this feet and prevent him doubling his tally. And United soon made them pay as Depay was played in by a typically astute Michael Carrick pass, controlling on his chest before forcing another smart stop out of Boruc – but the Polish goalkeeper could do nothing to prevent Fellaini eventually bundling home the rebound. The injury woes for United continued as Jesse Lingard was forced off to be replaced by Andreas Pereira before the break. Bournemouth started in style again in the second-half as Simon Francis, man of the match at Chelsea, belied his position as a centre-back to dance through United’s defence like a seasoned winger and fire at De Gea. The Spain goalkeeper turned his effort behind but Matt Ritchie’s resulting low corner was swept home by King to put the Cherries back in front. Fellaini almost levelled again before King had to be substituted due to injury – with Chelsea match-winner Glenn Murray replacing him. The former Crystal Palace man had two golden chances to seal all three points again but blazed wildly over on both occasions. It would not matter as the hosts hung on for a famous win. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Whist Javier Hernandez bags a hat trick. United have Nick Powell playing up front for them.” BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) analyses Manchester United’s scoring woes as former striker Javier Hernandez scored a hat-trick for Bayer Leverkusen. PLAYER RATINGS Bournemouth: Artur Boruc: 7 Adam Smith: 7 Simon Francis: 6 Steve Cook: 6 Charlie Daniels: 6 Andrew Surman: 7 Matt Ritchie: 6 Dan Gosling: 7 Harry Arter: 7 Junior Stanislas: 8 Joshua King: 8 Substitutes – Glenn Murray: 4 Eunan O’Kane: 5 Manchester United: David De Gea: 7 Guillermo Varela: 5 Paddy McNair: 6 Daley Blind: 5 Cameron Borthwick-Jackson: 6 Michael Carrick: 6 Marouane Fellaini: 7 Jesse Lingard: 6 Juan Mata: 5 Memphis Depay: 5 Anthony Martial: 5 Substitutes – Andreas Pereira: 5 Nick Powell: 5 Phil Jones: 5 STAR PLAYER Joshua King: May have been forced off with injury but very much deserved his goal after harassing United’s inexperienced defence for much of the afternoon. Could have been on the scoresheet much earlier but buried his chance and worked tirelessly. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Junior Stanislas: The best way to unnerve an already suspect defence? Score directly from a corner in just the second minute. The former West Ham man now has three in three for the Cherries and this early goal set Howe’s side on their way to victory. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Howe opted for the mantra of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” as he kept with the same side that beat Chelsea. Van Gaal’s squad is certainly broken – but his decisions here did little to paper over any cracks. He fielded a youthful back-line and opted for Pereira instead of Ashley Young when Lingard was injured. Is he still the right man to take United forward? He thinks so but more and more dissenting voices are arguing that point every week. MOAN OF THE MATCH On another superb evening for Howe and his side, it is a shame much of the after-match will focus on United’s short-comings – even though there were plenty to choose from. WHO’S UP NEXT West Brom v Bournemouth (Barclays Premier League, Saturday 19 December) Manchester United v Norwich (Barclays Premier League, Saturday 19 December) “We’ve tried a load of them (set pieces) this season, sometimes, majority of the time they don’t come off so to see one come off and win us the game was hugely satisfying,” Eddie Howe told Sky Sports 1. “For us, it’s just been a brilliant week. The preparation for this game was difficult with the news for Harry Arter and his family. I really want to pay tribute to his family and how he played, and how courageous he was in his performance. I thought he was magnificent. “Pace is such an important thing in any league but even more so in the Premier League so I think those two players (King and Stanislas) have had a huge impact in just changing the balance of the team. Everyone is contributing but I think the real feature today was the work ethic of the whole team. Whenever you play Manchester United and Chelsea you know you won’t have much of the ball, but I think we were very good in two games.” Louis van Gaal said: “Again, two set pieces like against Wolfsburg. We give a lot of attention to our organisation but they had a few variations, I have to say but still it cannot be, I think. I thought the first half we played rather well, we created chances, we score a goal and I had a feeling that we could win in the second half. “But then again a set play and there you are behind in the score and it is very difficult to have a revival and I think the players have done everything. But I have to say Bournemouth were pressing on the ball in an impressive way, and it makes it more difficult to get the equaliser.] “It is not new (the pressure), but if you believe in this manager or not because that is the most important thing. Last year the fans showed their belief but for me the most important thing is the commitment of my players.” Bournemouth picked up a second prized Premier League scalp in a week as they beat Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium. Seven days on from a momentous victory at the home of champions Chelsea, Eddie Howe’s men recorded another memorable win as they beat an injury-plagued United 2-1. Junior Stanislas scored directly from a second-minute corner for his third in as many games and, although Marouane Fellaini levelled, former United youngster Joshua King wrapped up the win in the second half. United, on the back of their chastening Champions League exit, missed the chance to move level at the top of the table as they slipped to a third league defeat of the season just days after Louis van Gaal insisted he was the right man to take them forward. Much has changed for the Cherries since Harry Redknapp guided them to a famous FA Cup giant-killing over United in 1984. So much so that this is more of a minor upset than massive shock – but United fans will still believe their expectations are not being met by Van Gaal and his side. Decimated by injuries, United’s defence was certainly inexperienced as full Premier League debutants Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Guillermo Varela joined makeshift centre-back Daley Blind and 20-year-old Paddy McNair at the back. King never even got as far as making a league appearance for United before signing permanently for Blackburn – but his work-rate and determination came back to haunt his former club. The hosts were ahead almost straight away as Stanislas’ corner drifted over everyone to nestle in David De Gea’s net with less than three minutes on the clock. Van Gaal’s men looked for an instant response and Memphis Depay was clipped by Adam Smith with Artur Boruc on hand to magnificently keep out Fellaini and McNair from the resulting free-kick. United knocked the ball around without truly pushing into Bournemouth’s final third before Anthony Martial was gifted possession by Stanislas, only to send a tame shot wide. Press Associationlast_img read more

From Manny Pacquiao defying logic to promotional pettiness: The good, the bad and dirty in the week of boxing

first_imgPacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) looked sharp from the opening bell. He had his trademark speed combined with good footwork and the power which led to knocking Thurman down in the first round with a crisp, straight right hand, before rocking him again the second round and nearly finishing the previously undefeated Thurman with a crippling body shot in the 10th that would have sent most crumbling to the canvas. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIt’s quite amazing to see Pacquiao competing at such an elite level in the most profound division in boxing. Is he as good as when he plowed through Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, and Antonio Margarito? No, but this version is just as fun and exciting to see competing at the highest level.What should be next is either the winner of Errol Spence Jr.-Shawn Porter on Sept. 28 or the rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Shockingly, Pacquiao didn’t bring up Mayweather’s name during his post-fight interview. While a Pacquiao-Spence or Pacquiao-Porter would be fun too as the grizzled veteran looks to continue to beat up on the young lions, Spence — and most likely Porter — would batter Pacquiao. It would be fun to see a 100-percent Pacquiao take on Mayweather, who was at the fight and looked to be in great shape. It’s all up to Mayweather at this point if he wants to get back into the ring for what would be one more huge financial payday. – Caleb Plant makes a statement. Plant was put into a prime position being the featured preliminary bout on the Pacquiao-Thurman card on Fox against Mike Lee. Plant and Lee went on the press tour with Pacquiao and Thurman and were given the superstar treatment during the buildup. “Sweethands” made the most of the opportunity by making easy work of Lee to score three knockdowns to win in the third round to retain the IBF super middleweight championship. Plant (19-0, 11 KOs) showed no regard for Lee’s skills. He connected on any shot he wanted to and it was a matter of time before he got the Notre Dame graduate out of there. After scoring a knockdown in the first round, Plant scored two knockdowns (which should’ve been three) in the third round to force referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight before Lee took any more unnecessary punishment.The 27-year-old did precisely what he was supposed to do and put on a showing the boxing public will remember. Plant made the most of the chance and became a bigger star because of the way he performed. Now, Plant can focus on getting married in the next few months and get ready to take on the winner of the WBC title fight between Anthony Dirrell and David Benavidez on Sept. 28.- Errol Spence vs. Shawn Porter. The highly-anticipated showdown formally got announced at a press conference on Saturday for their Sept. 28 clash at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in a welterweight title unification bout with the winner being the IBF and WBC champion. You could see during the presser that Porter was trying to get under Spence’s skin and to a degree, it worked by the expressions on “The Truth’s” face. When they did a short interview on the pay-per-view telecast, the tension between the two was rather palpable. The respect is there, but they would prefer to not be in the same room as each other. They will settle the score in a little over two months with the winner moving closer to becoming the undisputed champion at 147 pounds and the best fighter in the division.The Bad- Adrien Broner being Adrien Broner. We haven’t heard much from the four-division world champion since he got blown out by Pacquiao in January. He’s kept himself out of trouble and stayed low-key. But with the Pacquiao-Thurman fight, “AB” showed up and made his presence felt.After the fight, Broner did a short interview with reporter Helen Yee. Broner was making accusations that Thurman was gambling with him at 3:00 a.m. on Friday before the weigh-in. Broner proceeded to say that he did better than Thurman against Pacquiao.“I don’t even get the credit I deserve, Broner told Yee. “Now everybody is giving me credit. I did way better than Keith; he got cooked. He almost wanted to quit, too. I seen some quit in him, too.”One has to wonder if Broner truly believes the words coming out of his mouth. The statement couldn’t be farther from the truth and makes him come off like he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. A case can be made that Broner lost every round to Pacquiao, while Thurman won rounds and was competitive throughout compared to how Broner looked to be just collecting a paycheck. On the other hand, it is also a case of Broner looking for another lucrative fight, and Thurman would fit the bill of such. Let’s see if Thurman takes the bait. Hopefully not, as seeing Broner against high-caliber contests is getting bothersome and tedious since we already know what the result is going to be and how the Ohio native is going to be inside the ring.The Dirty- Uncalled for antics by Premier Boxing Champions. The PBC was having a great show on Saturday night. The fights were compelling, and the commentary by the Fox Sports team was solid.  Then it all came crashing down when a graphic was shown of the current welterweight champions and one champion’s name was missing — WBO titleholder Terence Crawford.  So @terencecrawford isn’t a welterweight champion? Remind you on the P4P list? PBC be acting like boxing doesn’t exist outside of their realm 🤣— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) July 21, 2019 At first glance, you thought perhaps it was a mistake made by PBC and Fox Sports. But when Crawford’s name wasn’t mentioned, you knew what the deal was. He definitely did. You know the hate is real when they don’t acknowledge the fact that you a title holder 😂😂😂— Terence Crawford (@terencecrawford) July 21, 2019 This has been the staple of PBC telecasts where other world champions who aren’t affiliated with them don’t exist in any form. It makes PBC come off as spiteful, low class and disrespectful. Other promotions do exist as fighters of Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy compete on DAZN (editor’s note: Sporting News is part of the DAZN Group), and Top Rank fighters compete on ESPN.  It was another interesting week in boxing. Here are the highs and lows of the last seven days.The Good- Manny Pacquiao continues to amaze. Typically, the decline of athletes begins in their mid-to-late 30’s. And for a time that appeared to be the case for Pacquiao after a stretch where he went 2-2 from May 2015 to July 2017. But something happened to the Senator of the Phillippines as he approached and reached his 40th birthday in December. He found the fountain of youth and has turned back the clock, going 3-0 in the last 12 months, highlighted by a vintage Pacquiao performance on Saturday night, defeating Keith Thurman by split decision to become the primary WBA welterweight champion in front of a soldout crowd of 14,356 people at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and plenty more watching at home on pay-per-view. It’s understandable that PBC wants fans to think the boxing universe revolves around them.  But other places for fighters to ply their craft do exist and those organizations acknowledge PBC fighters.What worked in pro wrestling in the 1980s and part of the 1990s of not acknowledging your competition doesn’t work in this realm. Why come off as petty when boxing is thriving, and there’s enough room in the sandbox for everyone to play?last_img read more