Manchester United have secured the three important points after Marcus Rashford’s injury-time winner, which helped United defeat Bournemouth by 2-1.
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Jose Mourinho’s assessment of United’s performance against Bournemouth
According to the boss, Jose Mourinho, “positive” teams talk ignited his side’s comeback victory at Bournemouth. The home team got an early lead when Callum Wilson fired a goal. Soon after Anthony Martial’s goal leveled the game in the first half.
Bournemouth had a thread of probabilities in the first half and Marcus Rashford made them pay for their recklessness by shooting the winner at the extra time.
Talking after the ultimate whistle, Mourinho said: “It was the whole first half. I said at half-time I was the luckiest manager in the Premier League in a half when it should be like 5/6-2.
“We were defensively awful. As a team, we didn’t press or do any of the weeks we did in the week. People watching this game will not believe how hard we worked this week.
“The first half was a disaster. The second half was much better. We created lots of chances and deserved to score before the 92nd minute.”
Mourinho discloses the truth about half-time team discussion
When asked about his half-time team talk, he said: “It started off positive. I said it is impossible to play worse than we did so the second half will be better for sure. And I was happy bringing Ander Herrera into the game.
“I felt we needed him to give more balance and to recover the ball faster. It was much better and I was happy with that change.”
A poor start to the game could have ended up costing Manchester United points, and Mourinho struggled to explain why they were slow out of the traps.
“I can’t understand,” he said. “My coaches said it was the best warm-up of the season.
“I think a few mistakes create instability. I love the song, ‘attack, attack, attack’ but you need to have stability when you lose the ball. It happened again against a good team but we were prepared for everything.
“We were ready for that. We knew that Joshua King was not playing.
“I really can’t understand the kind of mentality that brings me more white hair!”
Here’s what Bournemouth manager had to say:
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was devastated by his side’s disaster to construct on their remarkable first-half performance.
“It is a tough one for us to take, we feel we produced a really good performance particularly in the first half, and we deserved more than the goal we got,” he said.
“We would have loved to put the game to bed at that moment but football doesn’t work like that. They showed quality in the second half and their subs made a difference.
“You have to reflect on the positives, we were good with the ball and opened them up with some nice passages of play. The ability to grind out the result in the latter stages eluded us.
When you are so dominant in one half you expect a reaction. Tactically they changed things, we hoped we did enough for a draw but it wasn’t to be.
“We are taking it game by game and look forward to Newcastle because we know it is going to be tough.”
However, Howe was pleased with Brook’s performance. He said: “Today was a different role for Brooks and he did very well again and was behind a lot of our creative football.”
“It is a very demanding league physically and questions are to be asked defensively but he has done that very quickly. If you’re good enough you are old enough.”
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