Manchester United overcame Bournemouth 3-0 at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Casemiro, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford.
As they faced relegation-threatened Bournemouth at Old Trafford in a midweek match, Manchester United sought to solidify their spot among the top four teams in the Premier League.
The Red Devils were two points ahead of sliding Tottenham in the standings prior to the encounter.
After the win, they were able to pull a full five points ahead of Tottenham and level with Newcastle United, who had drawn with Arsenal without scoring.
Marcus Rashford, who was benched last time out as a punishment for skipping a team meeting, was the center of attention at Old Trafford as he entered the game as a substitute and changed the course of the match.
But this time, the English attacker kicked off the game and netted the game’s final goal.
Bournemouth, on the other hand, is only two points above the relegation zone and has lost three straight games overall since returning to play this winter.
They were soundly defeated in both of their league matches, losing both by scores of 2-0 to Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
And now, Bournemouth’s problems in the EPL this season have gotten worse after Rashford stirred United to a 3-0 win.
Erik ten Hag made four adjustments from United’s previous win at Wolves.
After coming off the bench to score the game-winning goal at Molineux, Rashford was reinstated in United’s starting lineup, together with Van de Beek and Maguire in the center of defense.
Along with Martinez, who had returned after winning the World Cup with Argentina, Malacia, Varane, and Garnacho were benched.
McTominay and Dalot, who had already fully recovered from their injuries, joined them, but Antony was not included in the team.
Midway through the first half, the hosts seized the lead, and what a beautiful goal it was!
Casemiro evaded his defender to volley into the roof of the net after Eriksen sent a superb free kick from the left.
Van van Beek stayed down after colliding unintentionally with the sliding Senesi just before the end of the first half, which was controlled by Manchester United.
Van de Beek was quickly replaced by Garnacho, who was greeted enthusiastically by the home crowd as he hobbled towards the tunnel.
Casemiro’s beautiful volley gave United a 1-0 lead at the break.
Rashford scored once more in the 86th minute, sealing the victory, making it the second time in less than four days that the Englishman stepped up to save United.
Bruno Fernandes successfully avoided the offside trap to catch Shaw’s exquisite diagonal ball and lay it on a plate for the England striker to nestle into the empty net.
There needed to be one final substitution even though United had already destroyed Bournemouth and the match was over.
Before the game began, Martinez walked around Old Trafford with his World Cup medal in hand. Lindelof was replaced by Martinez for the final few minutes.
The last time Manchester United won four straight home Premier League games without giving up a goal was during a run of six games from May to October 2017.