'Defensively awful': Mourinho relief after United late show

'Defensively awful': Mourinho relief after United late show

Jose Mourinho has shed light on his half-time team talk during Manchester United's encounter with Bournemouth on Saturday.

United remain outside of the Premier League's top four but again have a sense of momentum and objective that had eluded them earlier this season, and after his job was reportedly put a risk, the 55-year-old Mourinho told BT Sport: "We were a very, very lucky team". "A tough time, I thought I was the luckiest manager in the Premier League". 'I think in the second half we could have had four or five goals.

"When we make a defensive mistake, instead of forgetting and keeping playing, it is something that triggers instability".

"But there's certainly not a guarantee that if they keep winning and players play well, that he's just going to waltz back into the team". We work tactically, we improve some fitness levels.

"I can't believe how bad we started".

It's the third time in four games United have conceded first but still got something out of the game.

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Yet a miraculous goal-line block by Nathan Ake from Rashford's shot after Young's free kick hit the woodwork hinted that it might not be their day.

In a match that could prove vital in the race for Europa League qualification, Eddie Howe will look to further the fractious divides throughout the entire Manchester United camp.

"The second half was exactly the opposite". As expected, the home team pressed higher up the pitch, as Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling unable to control the game. The second half was much better. "But in the best teams you need more than that".

"I felt that the team needed a player like Ander to give us balance in that position, to give us more pressure, recover the ball faster and also to protect Ashley Young, so I think I was happy with that change".

But their slow starts in matches are a mystery and it reveals a baffling shortcoming in the team's collective psyche that such gifted individuals can only rouse themselves when facing a crisis.

Epitomised by his block in front of Marcus Rashford in the second half, the Dutch global stuck to his task well all afternoon, and couldn't quite intercept Pogba's cross to Rashford for the decisive goal of the game. We were prepared for what Bournemouth have done in the season.