Full-time: Manchester United 3-1 Bournemouth. United secure 5th spot, Bournemouth secure 16th, and another league season bites the dust.
- 2nd Half
- Smalling (o.g.)90'
- 1st Half
Manchester United - Bournemouth
Premier League - 18 May 2016
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GOAL! Manchester United 3-1 Bournemouth (Smalling, o.g.) No "golden gloves" for poor David De Gea. Grabban does superbly, harrying his way across the face of the United box before drilling a cross from the right by-line. It fall to Gradel, who scuffs a shot of sorts which Smalling runs past his keeper. Paroxyms of joy in chez Cech. .
There shall be three additional minutes.
GOAL! Manchester United 3-0 Bournemouth (Young) Wayne Rooney has had a really good game tonight, for all that means, and given time on the ball, he lifts a delicious pass over the top for Young, whose chest control is excellent. His shot is less so, straight at Federici, but there's enough on it to keep it trickling over the line.
Martial departs, replaced by Young - who, after his sterling turn in the position at Spurs, gpes to centre-forward.
Bournemouth are basically shuttling into formation backwards and forwards, and then Valencia crosses high towards Depay after guiding the ball into his own path very nicely indeed. Contact on the header is too fine, however - though the flag goes up in any case.
Another change for United: Depay comes on for Rashford. Oh, and one for Bournemouth too: Grabban replaces Wilson.
Herrera replaces Mata - who, given time, space and no physical attention, has been excellent.
GOAL! Manchester United 2-0 Bournemouth (Rashford) Marcus Rashford knows things. Rooney lifts a lovely ball over the top from centre to right, picking out Valencia. He dabs back for Rashford, who drills a sweep first time into the far corner. That was ridiculously instant composed, the difficult made to look easy.
Wilson gets himself in a race with Blind but false starts - he's offside by the time the anticipated flick-on arrives.
A through-ball from Rooney sends Rashford screeching into the box, but Federici is out quickly so that the only option is to round him and check. Nothing happens thereafter.
Memphis Depay is warming up, now that you ask.
Lingard appears to have broken into space in the box, but Daniels hurls himself into a superb saving tackle.
Mata throws himself and Wilson's back as he runs at Smalling and is booked. This surprises Andy Hinchcliffe, who thinks his reputation ought to have intervened.
Blind finds Borthwick-Jackson again, and this time he feints his cross, absolutely rinsing Francis before running into trouble.
Though, in fairness, they're probably not much arsed about having any, or one.
Bournemouth have barely had a kick these last 15 minutes.
Rooney dabs one into Mata, loitering between the lines, and he drags the ball away from Elphick, fooling everyone by teeing up his right foot. The low shot that eventuates is a good one too, forcing Federici into a smart save.
United win a corner that's cleared as far as Valencia, 30 yards out. He takes a touch and then fairly annihilates a dig that's headed for the far top corner - Federici has to extend every fibre to tip clear and is some discomfort subsequently.
More lovely play for United, Rashford racing at Pugh and befuddling him - perhaps himself too - with footwork. But it helps him reach the by-line, and his cross is low and dangerous, retrieved by Martial who tees up Lingard for a clever low sidefooter. It scooshes just wide.
Bournemouth aren't really into this, and Blind is dictating attacks, rolling wide to Borthwick-Jackson who arcs one of his becoming-trademark low crosses into the corridor of uncertainty. No one bothers to anticipate and the ball whizzes away.
Michael Carrick, playing what might be his last game for United - his contract is up - takes possession from Borthwick-Jackson, 25 yards out, dead centre. Allowing it to run across his body, he slams a shot straight at goal which flicks off Elphick and moves all manner of ways, hammering the underside of the bar. Rashford does his best to reach the rebound, but the bounce is too much and he can only head sideways.
I wonder how long Van Gaal will allow his key men to risk injury - surely he doesn't want Martial playing for more than an hour.
More actual football from United, Mata, just outside the box and dead centre, laying back for Carrick who finds Martial, first time. Immediately, he taps right, back to Mata who turns beautifully before Cook taps his calf, knocking him down. No penalty, apparently.
Bournemouth appear to have been reminded that they're in the middle of a football match.
King draws Blind wide and does him for pace, then, when he catches up, lays back for Ritchie, who diddles Borthwick-Jackson and knocks across for Pugh. He then rolls back into the path of Gosling, whose shot flies over the top.
Valencia clips back a ball for Lingard, with space inside the box. He dithers.
Off we pootle.
It's the way they tell 'em.
That goal wasd Wayne Rooney's 100th in the Premier League at Old Trafford - a momentous occasion celebrated by Sky in fitting fashion.
Half-time: Manchester United 1-0 AFC Bournemouth
Elphick waves a forearm across Rashford's coupon, but no one notices. There shall be one additional minute.
United need another 18 goals to reach the Champions League. Could that goal be the spark that they need?
GOAL! AND WHAT A GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth (Rooney) This is superb. Rooney sends the ball wide to Borthwick-Jackson, who nips it inside to Martial. He runs at Francis and eliminates him via one-two with Mata, then silkily squares for Rashford, who brilliantly steps over - what a brain he has on him - and Rooney drills home a low shot from close range.
Martial gets Francis one-on-one, but miscontrols Rooney's pass and is robbed.
Ryan Giggs sips from his bottle of water, pensively.
Daniels, found by Ritchie, makes his way down the right and cuts back a return, missing his man - but finding Gosling, alone in the box around the penalty spot. He manages to drive a shot straight at Valencia, but at least it is one.
Daniels beats Lingard and Valencia before running out of puff and position.
56 minutes to go.
Francis plays a ball for Ritchie in behind Borthwick-Jackson, who hauls him back. The free-kick is an eyesore, missing everyone.
Something almost happens! United win a free-kick, left of centre and 35 yards from goal. Rooney's delivery is good, and with Cook playing everyone onside, Carrick finds himself alone in the middle of the box. But he mistimes his stretch and the ball proceeds behind, without him.
Nothing is happening, if that's not a philosophical impossibility. Can nothing happen? Because isn't nothing an absence of anything, in which case it can't happen because it doesn't exist.
United's players are going be right in the groove for Saturday after this workout.
This is both like every United home game and significantly worse than every United home game.
Martial beats Francis and scoops a ball over the top seeking Rashford. It doesn't reach him.
<Please do not adjust your sets> Lovely ball from Valencia, curled low and long behind Daniels and into the path of Lingard. But Daniels responds well and nothing further happens.
This England call-up to be maybe called-up seems to have really taken it out of Rashford - he's barely had a touch so far.
Blind unfurls a lovely ball over the top for Lingard, who controls well and could proceed goalwards, but instead lays back looking for and avoiding Mata. He's a funny one, Lingard - good movement and awareness, but mainly incapable of exploiting it.
Antonio Valencia almost used his left foot, but just managed not to have to.
The North Stand is to spectators as Prince William is to hair.
United win a corner down the right which Blind hits towards Carrick, alone at the back post. King, who lost him, panics when caught underneath it, but manages to get a flick on the ball which is enough to take it away from danger.
The last promoted side to do the double over United: Wimbledon in 1986-87
"Valencia's touch lets him down..."
Valencia, at the corner of the Bournemouth box, lays back a ball for Mata, who curves a cross over the defence for Martial. He nabs a yard and shoots into Francis' shins, winning a corner. It comes to nowt.
Presumably, United offered their security company complimentary tickets for Sunday's game.
There's a good chance this could be the worst game ever played in the history of football, which is an amazingly compelling thought. Pointless it being just a bit rubbish - hopefully the terams go for it properly.
Blind clears from the left corner of the United's half and Rooney lays off a lovely first-time volleyed pass to Mata. Naturally, United then go sideways and backwards.
A gentle start. Josh King appears to be playing in midfield for Bournemouth, with Wilson alone up-front.
And off we go: can United bypass the group stages of the Uefa Cup? Can Bournemouth finish 14th? In 90 minutes, we'll know!
Martin Tyler can't even be mithered to growl his "it's live", which is all you need ta kna.
Old Trafford, that was full during the petrol shortage, is far from full tonight.
The players are in the tunnel. It's on!!!!!!!!!!!
Take a lesson, you will see, children as commodity...
United can win the best organised defence, apparently, for conceding the fewest goals in the league. Van Gaal declines to mention that it's easier so to do when not trying too hard to score any.
Sky are already trailing their pre-season friendlies. Remember when pre-season meant nothing more than a couple of drunken brawls?
Here's our match preview....
The Bournemouth players have had to "restructure" their plans, which I believe means postponing their holidays. Harry Arter has an Achilles problem.
"Marcus Rashford, fresh from his England call-up..."
Naturally, Sky recapped Sunday's events in montage. It was incredibly moving.
Apparently United have done "incredibly well" to, er, put on a football match. Which, by the standards they've set this season, I suppose they have.
"Victory today would lift Bournemouth from 16th to 14th..."
I don't think it's possible to imagine quite how bad this game can be before it's been that bad.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, make one change from Sunday's hilarity: Harry Arter was anonymous, and as such, is replaced by Dan Gosling.
On which point, had Fellaini not got himself suspended, there's a reasonable chance United might have found a way not to concede two goals from set-pieces within eight minutes of taking the lead at West Ham, and as such, not require a 19-goal win tonight to secure Champions League qualification. It's a funny old game.
So, Louis van Gaal is doing his best to ensure that United suffer at least one injury before the Cup Final by picking a team that's not far from the one that'll start on Saturday. Of course, one of the more skilful players will have to drop out so that the returning hero, Marouane Fellaini, can come back in, but otherwise, this'll pretty much be it.
Hello, hello, it's mediocre to be back, mediocre to be back.
GAME RESCHEDULED FOR 8pm ON TUESDAY. LIVE COMMENTS WILL START AT 7.15pm.
That's the end of the rolling blog, but any updates will be posted to the news story, for you to follow should their be any developments from Old Trafford.
Channel 4 have some vox pops.
Another update from inside the ground.
United's players are now leaving the ground.
There has been a controlled explosion at the stadium.
Some strident opinions are coming out now.
Another update from the GMP.
A heartwarming, poignant and touching story has emerged from the events of today.
Here's the latest from the BBC.
Daniel Taylor is reporting a story of a phone device strapped to a gas pipe.
Here's the GMP statement.
The Premier League have released a stadium saying they will rearrange the game 'as soon as practically possible.'
The Sky Sports chaps have been relocated to the car park for now.
An update from Greater Manchester Police.
And it seems reports of a controlled explosion could well be correct.
There's now talk of a controlled explosion being carried out.
Now the press are being asked to leave.
This is fairly unlucky.
While I don't understand the use of 'insane', it nonetheless is remarkable.
Here's some action from inside and outside the ground.
An update from the generally well-informed Andy Mitten.
It's being reported that Old Trafford has now been cleared of all spectators.
Some fans are being asked to remain to help prevent congestion outside.
Here's the as-it-happened announcement.
And now United confirm the abandonment.
West Ham are winning, which means United are down to six for now.
Here's a screengrab of the coverage.
Confirmation from the Premier League now.
Mike Keegan has said that increased security was a notable feature at Old Trafford this season.
Here's Daniel Taylor reporting that some sections of the crowd are being told to remain in their seats.
Here's the news story we've got with all the updates. We'll keep posting the news here, too.
The Bournemouth account have confirmed the news. Graeme Sounness is saying that this is the first match that he can remember being patted down at.
The match has been abandoned.
Some news from Manchester United confirming the news.
Here's the reason for the evacuation - a suspect package.
Here's footage of United's ground being evacuated.
There are no updates about what's going on at Old Trafford at the moment.
There's a delayed kick-off. The ground is being evacuated and it isn't clear why. This could lead to a 45 minute delay.
Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) to the BBC: "It is nice to be involved in a game that means something. The last few games have been difficult for us because we have not been a team that are used to not having that competitive edge. In the last few seasons there has always been something on every game and we have become very accustomed to it and embraced the pressure and relished it in some ways."
Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) on his side's slim chance of a top-four finish: "I think it is still possible but it is not in our own hands and that is the difference. We were 2-1 ahead with 15 minutes to play and then we gave it away [against West Ham]."
Bournemouth have the once-exciting Juan Iturbe on the bench, but apart from that it's a fairly standard line-up for them. Perhaps over the summer they'll invest heavily now their survival is secure.
Louis van Gaal has named an exceptionally slow side for the game against Bournemouth, a side who tore them apart in their first fixture this season.
TEAMS: Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Carrick, Rooney, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Rashford. Subs: Romero, Jones, Varela, Young, Herrera, Pereira, Memphis. /// Bournemouth: Federici, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Arter, Surman, Pugh, King, Wilson. Subs: Holmes, O’Kane, Gosling, Gradel, Iturbe, Grabban, Afobe.
Bournemouth have almost literally nothing to play for. Manchester United, however, have to win if they are to stand any chance of overtaking Manchester City in fourth place, who need to at least draw against Swansea City.
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