Manchester United lucky to beat Bournemouth, says Jose Mourinho

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

The England global rifled home from close range after 92 minutes as United got the better of a resilient Bournemouth defensive display to complete a remarkable turnaround.

Mourinho has also backed Marcus Rashford to come through his goal drought, despite admitting the England striker faces unfair pressure because of what he's achieved at the age of just 21.

"The second half was exactly the opposite to the first", Mourinho said.

"I think we were much better in the second half". To be 1-1, when perhaps we should have been five or six down.

"Defensively we were terrible".

Mourinho believes eighth-placed United, who are unbeaten in their last three league games, will improve and close the gap on their rivals over the next couple of months.

This was a start, particularly as Bournemouth had begun the season so impressively. We improve some of the players that were nearly there but not there - Lingard, Alexis - these kind of players, that were already available but not yet at a good level. 'But in the best teams you need more than that.

Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez have both started through the middle in Lukaku's absence, and the Red Devils have looked more fluid in the final third of the field.

Asked if there was an echo of the Alex Ferguson era in the never-say-die ethos of recent second halves, Smalling said: 'Yeah, we're showing that attitude - never giving in. I love the song 'Attack! Things need to be set-up off you.

"I can't understand why we started slow".

"They made some good substitutions and the game was different". It doesn't matter how many minutes until the end of the game, we have the feeling of anything can happen and, even missing chances like we did in the second half, chance after chance after chance, they keep going until the end.

It proved a temporary reprieve, however, as Pogba dashed down the left two minutes into stoppage time before sending over an inviting center that Rashford chested down before beating Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

United remain outside of the Premier League's top four, but again have a sense of momentum and goal that had eluded them earlier this season, and 55-year-old Mourinho told BT Sport: "We were a very, very lucky team".



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