Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes Stretford End claim after Bournemouth win

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    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the Stretford End would have enjoyed his side’s 5-2 win over Bournemouth. The Red Devils hit the Cherries hard and sit fourth in the table ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Watford. And the Red Devils manager also hailed teenage talent Mason Greenwood, who was the star of the show at Old Trafford.

    United went a goal down against Bournemouth through Junior Stanislas, who beat David De Gea at his near post.

    But the Red Devils responded emphatically with Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all on target before the end of the first half.

    Bournemouth pulled a goal back through Josh King’s penalty but United weren’t to be denied, with Greenwood adding another and Bruno Fernandes curling home a sublime free-kick.

    And, speaking after the game, Solskjaer expressed a belief the Stretford End would have enjoyed the result had fans been allowed into the stadium.

    “Very, very happy with today – with the energy in the team and the goals we scored,” he said.

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    He then converted his second on his right foot and Solskjaer praised the youngster, saying: “He is a fantastic goalscorer.

    “The moment he chose the goal, they were very important moments for us.

    “He is a very, very talented boy and we will nurture him and manage him as best we can.”

    For Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, it was a disappointing afternoon.

    He said: “I thought we were a genuine threat in the game. I didn’t see that result coming after our start in the match.

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    “Mason Greenwood’s goal was one of real quality.

    “It made our lives a lot harder but the first and second goals we will look back at with regrets.

    “It is fine margins. There were a lot of incidents in the game. The offside goal, don’t know how close. A lot of confidence has returned to their team while ours has possibly gone the other way.

    “It is a real test of our inner strength to bounce back from the run of results. I saw signs today the attacking side our game is still there. That is the big plus to take.

    “This is a harder challenge than to try and stay in the Football League. We are in a negative cycle and we need to break that quickly.”

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