Hands up if you saw that one coming? Not many arms in the air, we reckon. Bournemouth thoroughly deserved their second staggering win in just one week as they beat Manchester United 2-1 to follow their 1-0 at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge last Saturday.
There were some extenuating circumstances for the Red Devils who were hit with injuries, but that should take nothing away from the manner in which Eddie Howe’s men went about their business on the south coast.
The three points could be pivotal for the Cherries come the end of the season, while missing out on the haul might have repercussions for LVG, whose spot in the top four is currently under threat from the likes of Spurs.
There’s plenty to talk about after an enthralling 90 minutes at the Vitality Stadium, and here are THREE major discussion points…
We’re not saying sack Van Gaal now, but it’s becoming pretty clear that the Dutchman is not really bringing the sort of football or results to the table demanded by fans of the club. Okay, he dragged his side into the top four last season, but an unattractive approach, Champions League elimination and some questionable results have raised eyebrows.
Pep Guardiola may well be available at the end of the season, while Carlo Ancelotti is out of work now… Down the road at Liverpool Jurgen Klopp’s appointment in place of an unpopular manager has brought a feel-good factor.
What a seven days! Bournemouth were a side highlighted by all in the relegation battle prior to kick-off at Chelsea a week ago, but since then Eddie Howe’s men have taken six points from six, following a memorable win at Stamford Bridge with a home beating of Manchester United.
Injuries to key men such as Callum Wilson mean that things are still tough for the Cherries, but a great deal of belief can be taken from two momentous results against teams that were mentioned as title contenders ahead of 2015/16.
Manchester United are a bit of an odd side this season. The football being played is less than inspiring, but results have been pretty positive on the whole. However, a loss at promoted Bournemouth is pretty unforgivable in the context of the criticism being aimed at Louis van Gaal, especially when points are valuable with other rivals slipping on a weekly basis.
Title contenders? Not based on this result, while a squad thin enough to leave LVG with a back four of Paddy McNair, Daley Blind, Guillermo Varela and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson despite having spent over £250m is an issue…