Manchester United tightened its grip on second place in the Premier League after goals in each half by defender Chris Smalling and substitute Romelu Lukaku gave it a clinical 2-0 win at Bournemouth on Wednesday.

The result left United, which suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by bottom team West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, second on 74 points from 34 games, 13 behind champion Manchester City and four ahead of third-place Liverpool.

It also left manager Jose Mourinho pondering who to select for Saturday's F.A. Cup semifinal against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley after he made seven changes to the side beaten by West Brom.