The Reds were beaten at the Vitality Stadium after former Man United player Joshua King scored a second half winner. The loss makes it five games without a a win for van Gaal and his men and the pressure is now firmly on him. Following the loss to Wolfsburg in midweek a win at Bournemouth was crucial to keep in touch with the likes of Leicester City and Manchester City in the Premier League.
United went into the game missing as many as nine first-team players, with Morgan Schneiderlin and Phil Jones only fit enough for places on the bench. Borthwick-Jackson made his first competitive start for the Reds and was particularly impressive as part of one of the youngest sides to turn out for United in their Premier League history. Borthwick-Jackson was singled out for praise by van Gaal after the game.
The 18-year-old didn’t seem too far out of his depth against the Cherries, especially in the first half when he put in a stellar display. As the game grew on, it was evident that Borthwick-Jackson was struggling slightly to keep up with the pace and found himself chasing players back towards his own goal on numerous occasions.
It is extremely tough for young players like Borthwick-Jackson and Varela to be making their breakthroughs into the first team during such a difficult time for the squad. With the team not playing well and huge pressure on the manager, the youngsters have to try and put all of that to one side and continue doing what got them into the senior team in the first place.