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Manchester United 3-1 Bournemouth: Wayne Rooney scores 100th Premier League goal at Old Trafford

Published 17/05/2016

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was booed as he addressed the crowd
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was booed as he addressed the crowd
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Louis van Gaal manager of Manchester United applauds the crowd after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Michael Carrick on the pitch with his family on the pitch during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Ashley Young of Manchester United (18) celebrates with Michael Carrick (16) and team mates as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal after the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's English midfielder Ashley Young (2L) shoots past Bournemouth's Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici (C) to scores his team's thrid goal during the rescheduled English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 17, 2016. The match, originally scheduled for May 15, was called-off minutes before kick-off following the discovery of a suspect device, which turned out to be a fake bomb left in the stadium by mistake after a terror training exercise. / AFP PHOTO / Lindsey PARNABY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates with Anthony Martial as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates with Anthony Martial (9) and Jesse Lingard (35) as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United and Marc Pugh of Bournemouth battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17: James Weir and Manchester United team mates celebrate with Barclays Under-21 Premier League trophy prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal arrives for the rescheduled English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on May 17, 2016. The match, originally scheduled for May 15, was called-off minutes before kick-off following the discovery of a suspect device, which turned out to be a fake bomb left in the stadium by mistake after a terror training exercise. / AFP PHOTO / Lindsey PARNABY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17: James Weir and Devonte Redmond and Manchester United team mates celebrate with Barclays Under-21 Premier League trophy prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Antonio Valencia of Manchester United is chased by Charlie Daniels of Bournemouth during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17: David De Gea of Manchester United poses with the player of the year trophy prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and assistant Ryan Giggs (right) during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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Stewards search fans in a security check before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Stewards search fans in a security check before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United U21's James Weir and manager Warren Joyce parade the trophy for winning the Barclays U21 Premier League during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United U21's James Weir and manager Warren Joyce parade the trophy for winning the Barclays U21 Premier League during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday May 17, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Cars are searched at security check points outside Old Trafford prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Cars are searched at security check points outside Old Trafford prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and A.F.C. Bournemouth at Old Trafford on May 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Marcus Rashford celebrated his maiden England call-up with a fine strike as Manchester United overcame Bournemouth.

The match took place two days after a bomb scare forced its hasty rearrangement and United coasted to a 3-1 victory.

Error rather than terror proved to be at the heart of the issue that saw the original match abandoned, with a private security firm having left a fake bomb inside Old Trafford following a training exercise.

United refunded all fans with tickets for Sunday's match and offered them free entry to the rearranged game, but a number stayed away as Rashford followed Monday's England call-up with a lovely goal in a win that belatedly brought the Premier League to a close.

The 18-year-old's impressive finish made it eight goals in 17 matches since making his first-team debut less than three months ago and came between a Wayne Rooney goal and another that the United captain created superbly.

The England skipper opened the scoring by ending a fine team move - his 100th Premier League goal at Old Trafford - before beautifully clipping the ball over for substitute Ashley Young to score late on.

The three points see United usurp Southampton in fifth and secure a place in the Europa League group stage, but whether Louis van Gaal is still presiding over the team by then remains to be seen as fresh reports about Jose Mourinho were compounded by a bleak first half. Van Gaal was booed by some supporters after the final whistle as he addressed the crowd.

There was never any chance of the club-record 19 goals required to wrest fourth place and Champions League football from Manchester City, but not even Chris Smalling's late own goal will prevent United entering the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace in good heart.

It was not quite the entertaining display Van Gaal had hoped for when naming the same starting line-up planned for Sunday, with the match feeling initially more like a testimonial given neither side showed cutting edge as play swung from end-to-end aimlessly.

Bournemouth's travelling support were the only entertainment for a while in a match that required 32 minutes for either goalkeeper to dirty their gloves - and when Adam Federici was called into action it was only to catch a Rooney free-kick that evaded Michael Carrick.

Marc Pugh saw a drive blocked by Antonio Valencia at the other end, before United scored a team goal of surprising quality.

Rooney started and finished the move, playing the ball out wide to Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. The full-back passed to Anthony Martial, who collected from a neat one-two with Juan Mata and crossed for Rooney to slot home.

Rashford intelligently stepped over the cross and was soon on the deck in pain after colliding with Tommy Elphick - an incident that will have no doubt had Roy Hodgson wincing.

The teenager was able to continue for a second half that began with Callum Wilson and Dan Gosling having attempts, before United were harshly denied a penalty.

Another exceptional team move from United saw Juan Mata spin in the box and be taken down by Steve Cook, although referee Jon Moss waved play on.

A 30-yard Carrick strike rattled the crossbar, via a slight deflection, soon after, with a handball appeal and Jesse Lingard strike wide quickly following.

Federici did brilliantly to tip over a long-range Valencia effort as United belatedly showed some intensity, doubling their advantage in the 74th minute.

Rooney, again impressing in a deeper midfield role, clipped a ball across the box, with Valencia's cushioned header swept home impressively by Rashford.

The fans' favourite soon left to a standing ovation as the clock wound down, with Cook trying an audacious overhead kick for the Cherries.

There was still time for more goals, though, as Rooney lifted smartly over the Bournemouth defence, with Young turning home.

Fellow second-half introduction Max Gradel saw a stoppage-time effort deflect home off Smalling, but it was merely a consolation goal for Bournemouth.

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