Manchester United beat Bournemouth to close on Champions League | Football News

BOURNEMOUTH: Midfielder Casemiro scored a brilliant acrobatic volley to give Manchester United a 1-0 premier league win at Bournemouth Saturday which brought them closer to Champions League football next season.
United have moved to 69 points in fourth place in the table, behind Newcastle United on goal difference and needing a point from home games against Chelsea and Fulham next week to seal a return to the club’s most prestigious competition. European club football.
Fifth-placed Liverpool, who have 66 points after a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa, will face relegated Southampton on the final day.
The visitors dominated the opening exchanges and took the lead in the ninth minute when Cherries defender Marcos Senesi tried to hook a pass from Christian Eriksen behind the defense but only managed to launch Casemiro for a brilliant spinning volley.
The home side found their bearings midway through the first half as Dominic Solanke controlled a long ball into the box and fired a shot which David De Gea had to dive to his left to save.
It sparked a positive spell for Bournemouth, with Victor Lindelof forced into a number of defensive headers, but they soon found themselves on the back foot as United regained control in the second half.
Winger Antony squandered a number of decent chances, while substitute Wout Weghorst and midfielder Bruno Fernandes both forced fine saves from Neto and it seemed like it was only a matter of time before United scored again.
They nearly paid for their wayward finish when substitute Kieffer Moore drove in on De Gea late, but the keeper blocked his shot and the danger was cleared.

There was still time for one more chance for the home side, with Senesi firing just over the bar, but United held on for a victory that prompted wild celebrations from the traveling supporters.


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