Man United Duo In Contention For Bournemouth Clash


Manchester United substitute Marcus Rashford scored in stoppage time as they came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 away and close the gap on the top four in an exciting Premier League clash on Saturday.

Consider for a moment what was going on 10 years ago - Manchester United were the champions of Europe and the Premier League and Bournemouth were second from bottom in League Two.

Martial who was frozen out of the team at the beginning of the season by United coach, Jose Mourinho proved his mettle once again in the game.

"I think the (biggest) impact was Ander Herrera", he said. 'I think in the second half we could have had four or five goals. Absolutely very bad. And not just my defenders, but the team. How we played in the second half was fantastic, but we want to be a "whole game" team.

Bournemouth had a remarkable double escape in the 65th when Nathan Ake threw his body in the way of a shot from England striker Rashford after Young had hit the woodwork.

United will face Manchester City in their next Premier League match on November 11.

This was a start, particularly as Bournemouth had begun the season so impressively. As expected, the home team pressed higher up the pitch, as Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling unable to control the game. We created lots of chances and deserved to score before the 92nd minute.

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"I started [at half-time] by saying it was impossible to play worse than we did so the second half will be better for sure".

"The approach [last season] was much more defensive and with a much more defensive approach you can hide better your weaknesses", Mourinho said.

They have identified Herrera as one of those players who can help them achieve this goal, and considering he could come as cheap as £3million this January, it might not be a bad decision at all.

Callum Wilson ran off the defender for the opening goal of the game without doing too much, and in general, didn't look assured at the heart of United's defence.

"But I believe he is at an age now where he will be sitting there [and] if he's not starting, he'll be disappointed".

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.