A humbling 3-0 defeat in front of a fuming Old Trafford against AFC Bournemouth - mere days after a win versus Chelsea - again raised the same old questions for Manchester United, who lost their seventh Premier League game of the season in just their 16th attempt. Erik ten Hag's side threatened plenty in the first hour of the bout as they worked towards restoring parity after Dominic Solanke had given the Cherries an early lead; but, they failed to take their chances and allowed the visitors to establish a scoreline that would later enter the club annals as one of their worst. (Football News)
Bournemouth ran rampant on the night. Andoni Iraola's in-form side scored thrice - with Philip Billing and Marcos Senesi adding a goal each in the second half - and had one disallowed for a handball in the dying minutes of the match. As the Cherries strut away merrily with three points, a grim reality set in for the dejected home side: they had finally lost more home games in the league since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, 35, than they did across his two-decade-long reign, 34.
Furthremore, this iteration of the Manchester United side became the first to allow Bournemouth to register a win on their turf. Never previously had any version of the Red Devils conceded thrice against the South-coast side or failed to score at home - records that were broken on Saturday night.
Ten Hag, whose future at the club grows more uncertain by each weekend, extended his sympathies to the homem support, but immediately turned attention toward a crucial week to come, during which they play Bayern Munich and Liverpool.
"I feel sorry for them because they're always behind us and they could expect more from us and we have to do it from the first whistle. And you can't start the game after five minutes," he said.
"First, we have to put this in the right place. And of course we know what is coming up and we have to do things better. And as you said, the difference between the start against Chelsea and today was massive and that shouldn't happen."