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Summary

  1. Smalling slides in to finish Lingard cross & score for third straight PL away game
  2. Lukaku scores eight minutes after coming on as sub
  3. Utd make seven changes, resting players for FA Cup semi on Saturday

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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And with that, I bid you farewell.

Two more Premier League games to enjoy tomorrow night. Until then - have a good evening.

Eddie Howe also says that it gets harder and harder to improve in the Premier League year and year.

Eddie Howe, perhaps unsurprisingly, thinks his side should have had a penalty for that challenge on Callum Wilson.

'They are ready'

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Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho speaking to BBC MOTD:

"It was comfortable because the players played well collectively and individually because Bournemouth are always a difficult opponent. Eddie (Howe) is not afraid to take risks and you can see that with their changes.

"We felt we needed to get the points to confirm as soon as possible the fourth position. Then we can think about third or second."

A better display than the weekend?

"No doubts about it. The ball rolled, not one more touch, one more flick, one more trick, increasing the fluency of our football, the ball easily rolling and the players were running to get into offensive positions.

"It was based on good attitude, professionalism and a determination to win an important match for us because now it's difficult to not finish in the top four.

"In this moment I prefer to look to Chelsea until we confirm the top four place then I look to Spurs and Liverpool with a six and four point difference and we have to fight to keep it."

Wembley changes?

"I will not play this 11 but all of them told me they want to play. Obviously I will play with Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku but this 11 have told me they want to be there and they are ready."

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Rickey Everett: United were steady, a good win away from home. But Spurs away is a much tougher opposition, can we go from strong and steady to lethal a quick? That's the big question #bbcfootball

Sir Pavez: I still think Diego Simeone if given the opportunity can do a better job with this crop of players at Man United than Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho says that losing points to Huddersfield, Newcastle, West Brom, Stoke and Southampton is what has hurt his side's season.

"You pay the price for not being consistent," he says.

'We're still not safe'

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Bournemouth

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "We gave everything, we were decent for large spells. The energy the players gave was very high. The frustrating thing is that we got in good positions but didn't execute the final part.

"They didn't have a huge amount of chances either but took their goals well. You have to admire the quality of the opposition at times.

"We expected them to turn up and want to win, that's what they have always done. They responded to a setback and their front three caused us problems.

"In the main we defended well, it was a tough examination.

"We're not quite safe - I'm getting bored of saying it - we have three massive games left and we need to get over the line."

Manchester United need two more points to be absolutely sure of a place in the top four.

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Manchester United

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling speaking to BT Sport:

"We all knew that against West Brom it wasn’t good enough and tonight we put a performance on.

"Quite often when I get my goals they come together, it's nice to score."

On reaching the FA Cup final:

"That’s been our goal now for a while to reach that final and this was the perfect performance to run up to that."

'Every player available for Wembley'

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Manchester United

Jose Mourinho on BT: "The players were good. It was a good professional performance with good effort and responsibility. There was desire to score and a desire to cope with the defensive responsibilities against a fast team.

"All of them were professional and responsible. The first ambition was to finish in the top four and now one point is probably enough. When we have that resolved we can think about third and second place.

"Everything was faster, it was simple. The players were in the right positions and not trying one more flick, one more trick. Everything was good, I am happy.

"Every player on the pitch was positive and put himself available for Saturday. I'm not very good on man of the match, I'm not a big fan of it, but Paul Pogba played very well. Against Man City he was phenomenal but today he was very, very good. A good choice."

'You always have to be ready'

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Manchester United

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku speaking to BT Sport:

"At half-time the manager told Paul (Pogba) to keep making those runs, he did and played a perfect pass which I was able to finish off.

"It was really important that we won today and now we’re well prepared for this weekend. As a player you always want to play and you always have to be ready."

'The penalty shout affected how the game went'

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John Williams

Former Bournemouth defender on BBC Radio Solent

Callum Wilson
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Bournemouth had a go and sometimes you need a little bit of help, some luck and decisions and that didn't happen.

I think the penalty shout affected how the game went. Maybe if they had got that Bournemouth could have gone on and won?

'Job done for United'

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Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

It's job done for Manchester United. Solid if unspectacular - a microcosm of their season? And who may have played themselves into the FA Cup semi-final team tonight?

Bournemouth have 10 days to reflect before making the short trip across the New Forest to Southampton - the derby that isn't really a derby as it's not a two-way rivalry - with the Cherries in line to finish above the Saints for the first time in more than six decades.

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All over

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Annette: I was just getting over the shock of Marouane Fellaini starting when Daley Blind came on! What on earth is going on!

Anon: Man of the match, has to do be Ander Herrera for me. Top performance and deserves to start at Wembley on Saturday.

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Into the last minute. Bournemouth love a late goal this season...

'No penalty for me'

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John Williams

Former Bournemouth defender on BBC Radio Solent

That Chris Smalling challenge wasn't a penalty for me. Jose Mourinho is now out for I think the first time this evening. It's easy to give direction when you're 2-0 up.

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Wahaaay! Everyone loves to see that don't they? The ball runs out to Daley Blind, ring rusty, he lines up a big booming shot from the edge of the area but the ball hits his right foot first and it leads to a massive air shot.

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Lillian: All Man Utd need to do is finish the game like this and they will definitely have a second place in the Premier League. Sadly not first.

Javel: Come on Eddie, Jurgen Klopp would love to put you on his Xmas card list!

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Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

Jermain Defoe is the third Bournemouth substitute - and the second to bring on a note from his manager. With previous recipient Andrew Surman now off the pitch, his replacement Dan Gosling gets the little piece of paper.

PENALTY APPEAL

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Another penalty shout! Anthony Martial faffs about on the edge of his own area and gets himself into trouble, Callum Wilson again picks the pocket of Phil Jones before going down as Chris Smalling shuts the door in his face. Is that a foul?

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'Pogba booed off'

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John Williams

Former Bournemouth defender on BBC Radio Solent

Paul Pogba was booed as he left the pitch because fans think he dived before on the edge of the box and should have been booked for it.

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You're a picture away from a tabloid story there Mitch.

Lys Mousset flashes a shot just over the bar for Bournemouth as they send on Jermain Defoe.

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Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

Paul Pogba initially headed straight down the tunnel after being substituted - but was then directed to the bench, where he took a seat on the back row.

'Results driven business'

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John Williams

Former Bournemouth defender on BBC Radio Solent

Manchester United know how to shut up shop and they have the experience in the team to do that but it doesn't tell me it's good to watch.

But it's a results driven business and the league table doesn't lie.

SUBSTITUTION

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Daley Blind, who hasn't been seen since an FA Cup game in January, comes on to give Paul Pogba a rest for the last 10 minutes.

Has Pogba done enough to start at Wembley? You'd think so. He still frustrates as much as he fascinates though.

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Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

Cherries nemesis Romelu Lukaku takes his tally against Bournemouth to eight goals in three seasons (as well as those seven goals in six league games, he also netted for Everton in the FA Cup here two years ago.)

It's been a good night for the away fans, who remain in fine voice. Bournemouth may be the Premier League's comeback kings this season, but it would take a monumental collapse for United not to tighten their grip on second place with three points this evening.

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Bournemouth send on Dan Gosling for the final act. They will be aggrieved by that penalty shout at 0-1, even though I didn't think it was clear cut.

They have had plenty of half chances tonight, played pretty well. It's been another excellent season for the Cherries hasn't it?

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PJ: Brilliant play from the lads from back to front. Romelu Lukaku with the deft chip finish!

Dave W: Good pass from Ander Herrera, lovely touch from Anthony Martial, great run from Paul Pogba and top finish from Romelu Lukaku. One of Manchester United's best goals of the season.

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Anyone else got visions of Romelu Lukaku doing exactly that in Kaliningrad? Lifting the ball past Jordan Pickford/Jack Butland/Joe Hart/Nick Pope....

'Excellent pass and finish'

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John Williams

Former Bournemouth defender on BBC Radio Solent

Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic, the goalkeeper have got themselves in a situation where they were both looking at each other to take responsibility and it was an excellent pass and finish. Romelu Lukaku has done that to Bournemouth before.

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Romelu Lukaku has scored seven goals in his six Premier League appearances against Bournemouth. He's also been captained by an awful lot of Fantasy Football managers this week.

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GOAL - Bournemouth 0-2 Man Utd

Romelu Lukaku

Credit where credit is due, that's quality from Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku. Pogba breaks up some play in the middle and effortlessly gallops clear, eating up the turf.

He has Lukaku steaming up ahead of him and finds the Belgian with a perfectly-judged pass, and Lukaku makes it look easy, clipping the first-time shot past Asmir Begovic and in.

Game over?

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Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

United were readying Nemanja Matic to come on a few minutes ago, but he's now been sent for another warm-up down the touchline.

Frustration in the home sections, with referee Graham Scott not a popular man in these parts.

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Marcus Rashford cuts in from the right but can only hit a shot low and hard, straight at Asmir Begovic.

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Romelu Lukaku takes the free-kick and it's poor - into the wall and away.

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It's turned into a very watchable and open game now as Anthony Martial tees up Marcus Rashford but his shot is blocked, before Luke Shaw cannons a shot into the chest of Ryan Fraser. Ouch.

Paul Pogba is then tripped right on the line. A yard away from being a penalty...

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Dream pass, nightmare touch! Lewis Cook sends Callum Wilson in behind Phil Jones with a wonderful pass but he doesn't gather it in and Jones is able to block. Very well.

Looking forward to seeing a photo of his face there.

Jones then gets in a tangle from the corner and there's the beginnings of another penalty shout - waved away.

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Anon: Shaw hardly touches him. Players have to be stronger. Just like Spurs' penalty yesterday, players desperate to go down. Be stronger score the goal.

David: Clear penalty for the Cherries.

SUBSTITUTION - Lukaku on

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A shoo-in to start at Wembley, Romelu Lukaku gets half an hour to freshen himself up here. He's on in place of Jesse Lingard.