'Defensively Awful': Mourinho Relieved After Man United Fightback

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Mourinho was furious with United's sloppy first half at Dean Court as Callum Wilson fired Bournemouth ahead.

And Rashford pinpointed the same deficiencies, adding: "We have to improve on starting the games".

Mourinho has spoken of striving to find the right balance to a team which has developed significant defensive vulnerabilities, and Herrera's performance showed he has a further option as he attempts to establish that balance and his strongest XI. "When we are in control we have no problems but when the opponent is in control we do".

This was a start, particularly as Bournemouth had begun the season so impressively.

But rather than lavishing all the praise upon the goalscoring substitute, Mourinho has instead highlighted the impact of Herrera, who came off the bench after 56 minutes for only his fifth Premier League appearance of the season.

"I think when you look at Juventus, they just ran the midfield at Old Trafford and we couldn't get anywhere near them". The lead can be overturned against teams like Newcastle and Bournemouth, but big games are coming thick and fast and United need to be ready for them from the first minute. "The second half was much better".

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"Even when we miss chance after chance after chance like we did in the second half they kept going until the end".

Burley says that is a good trait for a team to have but is still yet to be convinced by Jose Mourinho's side.

Bournemouth had been on course for their sixth victory from seven, largely owing to the fine passing and movement that had consistently stretched United's defence.

The Belgian was not part of the United team that won 2-1 at Bournemouth on Saturday after picking up an muscle injury in training on Friday.

Matuidi was also substituted during the Serie A game on Saturday after suffering a hip problem and the French global is also a doubt to face United having undergone treatment on the injury yesterday. "It's about making sure you have more good days than bad". It's one of best since we have been promoted and can't fault anyone with effort.

United fans will be delighted after this result today and should be feeling full of confidence next time they come up against a team managed by an Englishman. "Some of our attacking movement was second to none".

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