By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Michael Owen has given his verdict on social networking site Twitter of Manchester United’s performance against Bournemouth on Saturday night.

United slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Eddie Howe’s team as they spurned the opportunity to go level on points with Manchester City and Leicester at the top of the Premier League.

Junior Stanislas put the home team in the lead after just two minutes direct from a corner, only for Marouane Fellaini to restore parity for the visitors after 23 minutes.

Bournemouth went 2-1 up early in the second half when Joshua King found the target, and Howe’s side wasted several late opportunities to increase their advantage before clinching their second big scalp in consecutive weekend’s following the victory over Chelsea a week ago.

Former United striker Owen was following the match, and he was far from impressed with the performance of Louis Van Gaal’s injury-ravaged side.

“Not sure things can get much worse for United fans,” said the former England international striker on Sportlobster.com. “Over a quarter of a billion spent under LVG’s reign. Credit to Bournemouth but this is embarrassing.”

The defeat means that United remain fourth in the Premier League table with 29 points from 16 matches, three points behind leaders City and Leicester, who face Chelsea on Monday night.