Manchester United returned to winning ways by consolidating their grip on second with a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. Mourinho made seven changes to his side as United bounced back from Sunday’s surprise home defeat by bottom club West Brom.
Jose Mourinho backed up his threat to drop some of his stars by making wholesale changes. Goalkeeper David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba were the only ones to keep their places from the shock home defeat to West Brom, with De Gea named captain for the first time.
Mourinho had described this match as an opportunity for players to secure a place in the team to face Spurs in a competition which represents United’s final chance of winning a trophy this season.
Chris Smalling continued his rich vein of form in front of goal on his 150th Premier League appearance, finding the net for the third consecutive away game with the opener on 28 minutes.
Substitute Romelu Lukaku then wrapped up the points on 70 minutes as Jose Mourinho’s side warmed up for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham by moving four points clear of third-place Liverpool. This goal make him has scored seven goals in six Premier League appearances against Bournemouth.
Bournemouth are not in action again until 28 April when they travel to face Southampton in the Premier League while Manchester United will look to keep alive their hopes of ending the season with a trophy when they face Tottenham at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.