United lucky to beat Bournemouth after 'awful' first half says Mourinho

Romelu Lukaku picked up an injury in a training session on Friday

Ander Herrera, who came on in the 2nd half seemed to subtly criticise his own manager's playing style when he said: "Yes I think they were much better in the first half, but we were much better in the second".

Instead they went in at 1-1, before the customary United improvement in the second half, in which Alexis Sanchez - starting for the first time since September -and Paul Pogba were especially unsafe.

"It is what we call a game of two halves. When we are in control we have no problems but when the opponent is in control we do".

Bournemouth went close to taking the lead at the beginning of the second half, but David Brooks' impudent flick from close range was well saved by De Gea, who managed to grasp the ball at the second attempt.

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"Because the approach was much more defensive and with a much more defensive approach you can hide better your weaknesses", said Mourinho. I felt we needed him to give more balance and to recover the ball faster. In the second half, we were fantastic and we want to be a whole-game team.

It is understood Mourinho was willing to let the Frenchman go in the summer, however, it appears Martial's recent performances - scoring four in his last three league games - have changed his manager's mind.

However, the English talent was once again a substitute at Bournemouth on Saturday but proved his point to the manager with an added-time victor to seal a 2-1 victory. "I think a lot of the aspects of our game were really good, especially during the opening period". The game looked to be heading for a draw after Anthony Martial cancelled out Callum Wilson's opener, however the substitute was on hand to score the victor in the final moments of the game. In just 11 games so far, the 26-year-old has already plundered six goals as well as produced five assists, making him one of the most productive attackers in the league this term. While the match will be a tricky one for the visitors, Jose Mourinho will be buoyed after receiving some good news on the injury front.

His performance against Manchester United, in particular, caught attention as he was a complete livewire throughout the course of the game. "Some of our attacking movement was second to none".

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