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Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were all on the game sheet and the United trio now have 55 goals this season, four more than the famous Liverpool first three, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
“It’s really nice when you win games,” Rashford told BT Sport. “This is the type of performance that we want to offer.
“It is definitely an exciting time. It doesn’t matter who scores as long as someone is and we put points on the table.
“Mason is on fire and he is always positive when the attackers score. It is important to continue until the end of the season. ”
Junior Stanislas gave Bournemouth a surprise lead before Greenwood equalized just before half an hour with a clinical finish for their 14th of the season. Rashford’s penalty put United in the lead after 34 minutes and Martial, 20th in the season, closed a decent first half with a superb finish in the upper corner.
Josh King’s 49 minute penalty lifted the score to 3-2, but Greenwood replied shortly after with an exceptional finish for the right foot. Bruno Fernandes’ superb free kick brought the score up to 5-2 as United scored five goals in a Premier League match for the first time since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first match as manager in December 2018.
Despite rumors that Fernandes and Paul Pogba were injured before the match, United named an unchanged team in a 3-0 win at Brighton on Tuesday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s selection meant it was the first time in 14 years that United had named an unchanged XI for three successive league games.
Fernandes had the first chance of the match when Rashford cleared it but his volley was temperamental and passed the bar.
Stanislas then muscled Harry Maguire and beat David De Gea in the United goal to give Bournemouth a shock lead and Aaron Ramsdale did well in the Bournemouth goal to beat a Rashford free kick moments later.
Ramsdale got hold of Greenwood’s effort soon after, but couldn’t stop his shot, Fernandes providing help to level United.
The hosts went ahead when Rashford converted from the spot after Adam Smith made it past the area and Martial made a superb third stop in the first half.
United started the second half in a sloppy fashion and Eric Bailly, for Victor Lindelof, managed the area and after a VAR check, King intervened and was not mistaken on the spot.
Bournemouth struck the post and was denied an offside goal in the early stages of the second half when United seemed complacent, but Greenwood’s superb second again opened a two-goal cushion.
Fernandes then added a fifth with an excellent free kick just before playtime as concerns over relegation from Bournemouth continued, Eddie Howe’s team 19th in the table with five games left.