Mourinho picks out key man in Bournemouth turnaround

Jose Mourinho praises Ander Herrera for giving Manchester United ‘balance’ in dramatic victory at Bournemouth

  • Marcus Rashford’s late goal gave Manchester United a 2-1 win at Bournemouth
  • Anthony Martial’s fifth goal in four games cancelled out Callum Wilson’s opener 
  • Jose Mourinho felt Ander Herrera’s introduction was crucial for United
  • The midfielder came on in the second half and helped the visitors take control 

Jose Mourinho credited Ander Herrera with inspiring Manchester United’s second-half transformation in their 2-1 victory at Bournemouth.

The Spaniard, 29, replaced Fred in the 56th minute and gave his team greater stability from midfield, also going close to scoring as they pursued a winning goal.

Mourinho has spoken of trying 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 work out his strongest XI.

Ander Herrera's introduction helped Manchester United snatch a late winner at Bournemouth

Ander Herrera’s introduction helped Manchester United snatch a late winner at Bournemouth

‘I was happy with bringing Ander to the game because normally the intention, when you look for a better result than you have, is to play attacking players or in theory to make attacking changes,’ he said.

‘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.

‘The team was much better and we created lots of chances.

Jose Mourinho was frustrated with his side for much of the game
But Herrera and United managed to grab a late winner

Jose Mourinho was frustrated with his side… but Herrera inspired a dramatic late winner

Eddie Howe was pleased despite defeat

Eddie Howe was pleased despite defeat

‘As a team, the team performed much better in the second half. The two points we lost in the last minute against Chelsea, we got them back.’

Bournemouth had been on course for their sixth victory from seven in all competitions through Callum Wilson’s opening goal, but were punished by finishes from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

They had impressed with their expansive play throughout the first half and regardless of defeat remain on course to challenge for the top six, but their manager Eddie Howe said: ‘It’s a tough one for us. 

‘I think a lot of the aspects of our game were really good, especially during the opening period. 

‘We passed the ball well and there was really good intensity to our play.

‘Manchester United changed things and made substitutions but I was pleased with my players’ attitudes to the game and they gave everything to the match.’


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