Wayne Rooney produced a man-of-the-match performance as Manchester United defeated Bournemouth 3-1 at Old Trafford in their final game of the season.
The game was moved to Tuesday night after a bomb scare on Sunday ensured that the match wasn’t played as planned alongside other games.
Most part of the first half was a drab contest as the match had absolutely no tempo with the visitors happy for Louis van Gaal’s men to have all the possession while they sat back and defended.
At a point it felt like some group of people had just gathered round to have a community discuss rather than the final game of the premier league season being played.
And it was no surprise as the home fans chanted the name of Jose Mourinho who has been constantly linked with a move to Old Traford to the dismay of the under pressure van Gaal.
The first chance of the game came in the 32nd minute when new England call-up Marcus Rashford was fouled 30 yards out and Wayne Rooney took the indirect freekick but Michael Carrick lunched in but failed to connect as Adam Federici in goal for Bournemouth gathered easily.
But the supporters were woke-up by a superb team goal from Manchester United as Anthony Martial combined with Juan Mata to set up Captain Wayne Rooney who made no mistake as he finished with aplomb.
The goal represented Rooney’s 100th premier league strike for the Red Devils at Old Trafford since he joined the club 12 years ago from Everton.
In the second half, the home side ramped up the pressure on the away side as they looked to seal the win. The fans were singing on loud voices as Michael Carrick’s shot hit the post just minutes after Juan Mata’s appeal for a penalty was ignored.
Marcus Rashford produced a swift bit of skills to set up Mata inside the box but his shot was blocked and the rebound fell for Jesse Lingard but his shot was deflected for a corner.
Juan Mata had a shot saved before picking up the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Callum Wilson. The Bournemouth striker had the ball in the United net moments later but it was ruled out for offside by the assistant referee.
But at the other end it was Marcus Rashford that made it 2-0 as he finished off another exciting move by the home side, this time the build-up involved Rooney and Antonio Valencia.
Wayne Rooney floated a delightful pass to substitute Ashley Young and he made it 3-0 but a late own goal from Chris Smalling ensured that David de Gea conceded the Golden glove to Petr Cech. Manchester United finished the season in fifth place while Bournemouth finished 16th on the premier league log.