Four things Erik ten Hag got wrong as sloppy Man Utd escape Bournemouth with a draw


On the south coast, Manchester United narrowly held Bournemouth to a 2-2 draw.

As they did at Old Trafford, Andoni Iraola’s team controlled the Red Devils in the opening exchanges and seized the lead early thanks to Dominic Solanke. The former Chelsea attacker rifled a low shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards out after Willy Kambwala made a bad slip.

Bruno Fernandes scored an equalizer against the flow of play to keep United in the game as Bournemouth consistently threatened Andre Onana’s goal. Justin Kluivert then neutralized this by spotting a concerning amount of space between Kambwala and Diogo Dalot in the penalty area. Before the break, he had time to control a pass, get the ball out of his foot, and smash a low shot into the net to give the Cherries their first goal back.

Bournemouth might have humiliated the Red Devils twice this season with better finishing. Nevertheless, United was able to re-enter by fortunate events. When Kobbie Mainoo’s 25-yard attempt deflected off Ryan Christie and struck Adam Smith’s arm, he was awarded a penalty. It was astonishingly sufficient to persuade VAR and Tony Harrington that it was a penalty.

To put United back in the lead, Fernandes stepped up and sent Neto the wrong way. From then on, neither team really looked like they were going to find a winner, and the match, like the seasons of both clubs, began to boil away.

That was until Ryan Christie was brought down on the line of the 18-yard box by Kambwala. After a nerve-wracking VAR review, the foul was deemed to be outside the penalty area and United were off the hook again. After the Red Devils only just escaped the Vitality Stadium with a point, Daily Star Sport considers what Erik ten Hag got wrong.

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