Bournemouth upset Man United
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
First it was criticism of Manchester United's playing style. Then came the team's limp exit at the Champions League group stage. Yesterday, it was a loss to tiny Bournemouth in one of the Premier League's biggest-ever mismatches.
The problems are stacking up for under-pressure United manager Louis van Gaal in his second season in charge of England's biggest club.
United - depleted by a wretched run of injuries to senior players - conceded directly from a corner in the second minute on their way to a humbling 2-1 loss at Bournemouth, the latest shock result in a season of surprises in the Premier League.
Earlier yesterday, Manchester City had needed a huge deflected goal just to get a 2-1 home win over Swansea, who are without a manager and on one of the worst run of results in the league. City went top on goal difference, for one day at least.
Bournemouth's first season in the top flight is starting to get better and better. The little coastal club that almost dropped out of the country's professional leagues six years ago beat Chelsea 1-0 away last weekend for what ranked as the biggest win in its 116-year history.
Other results: Norwich 1 Everon 1; Crystal Palace 1 Southampton 0; Sunderland 0 Watford 1; West Ham 0 Stoke City 0.