Romelu Lukaku eased concerns about his goalscoring form with the winner as Lukaku facilitated worries about his goalscoring structure with the victor as Manchester United ricocheted once again from derby day frustration by edging Bournemouth 1-0 at a saturated Old Trafford.
Belgium international Lukaku hit the ground running with seven goals in the same number of Premier League appearances following his £75million move from Everton, yet a keep running of one of every nine attempts and talks over his capacity to score against huge clubs.
That test heightened after the striker’s inability to clear from set-pieces prompted David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi scoring in Manchester City’s 2-1 triumph over United on Sunday, an outcome that saw Jose Mourinho’s side fall 11 points behind the alliance pioneers, and he reacted by finding the net against Bournemouth.
Lukaku headed a conveyance from Juan Mata – in as one of four changes for the Red Devils – past Asmir Begovic, however his quieted festivity recommends the help picked up from coming back to the scoreboard was inadequate for the 24-year-old.
Yet again United had David de Gea to thank for keeping them to finish everything, the Spain goalkeeper denying Charlie Daniels and Ryan Fraser as Eddie Howe’s side demonstrated hazardous on the break in the primary half.
In any case, the guests’ force dropped in the second time frame and, in spite of Anthony Martial bursting over from six yards and his substitution Marcus Rashford hitting the crossbar, United hung on for a win that reestablishes their three-point advantage over third-put Chelsea and keeps pace with City – 4-0 champs over Swansea City prior on Wednesday.