Eddie Howe hails 'outstanding' David de Gea as Man Utd beat Bournemouth
Last Updated: 13/12/17 11:29pm
Eddie Howe heaped praise on David de Gea after he thwarted Bournemouth in Manchester United's 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
Romelu Lukaku (25) silenced his critics with the winning strike midway through the first half of Wednesday's Premier League clash.
Bournemouth created plenty of openings, registering seven shots on target, but they found De Gea once again in defiant mood.
Howe's men had five more shots on target than the home side - the last opposition side to have more in a Premier League game at Old Trafford was Liverpool in March 2014 (six more than Manchester United).
Howe said: "They have an outstanding goalkeeper who made a number of good saves and maybe we could have done better in and around their box, but when you consider the opposition and where we were playing, I was very pleased with my players."
The result leaves Bournemouth just two points above the drop zone, but Howe felt he saw more than enough from his players to spark a surge up the table.
"We're disappointed because we've been beaten, but I'm really pleased with the performance," he added.
"I thought we were very good today and were very disciplined out of possession. We were also very good with the ball and created numerous chances.
"We really did establish ourselves in the game very early and there were some really good individual performances today. The team functioned very well."
Bournemouth face Liverpool on Super Sunday before a trip to Manchester City before Christmas.
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