Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho Slams His Defence Despite Last-Gasp Win
Manchester United escaped the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth with all three points after a last minute Marcus Rashford goal gave them a 2-1 win. Despite the win, Mourinho was not happy with his side in the first half as they were torn apart by a lively Bournemouth side.
Callum Wilson opened the scoring early on for the hosts but they could have been two or three goals up after a glut of missed opportunities. As it was United levelled just before the break thanks to Anthony Martial, who has been in fine goalscoring form in recent weeks.
After the game Mourinho told BT Sport:
”At half-time I thought I was the luckiest manager in the Premier League. We were really lucky, we were really poor. Defensively awful, absolutely awful. As a team we didn’t press up. It was a disaster.
"Second half was opposite. Much more intensity. We created lots of chances and deserved to score before the minute 90.
"I start positive by saying it’s impossible to play worse than we did. The team performed much better. I was happy bringing Ander to the game. I felt the team needed a player like Ander to give us balance and to recover the ball faster.
“I can’t understand. My assistants in the warm up were saying it’s the best warm up of the season. Good focus and intensity. The week was a good week of work. I can’t believe how bad we started.
“I love the song ‘attack attack attack’, but you need stability. There’s always a feeling of instability, Today it happened again.”
That win lifts Manchester United up to seventh for the time being, just two points outside of the top four, who play later on in the weekend.
"Defensively awful. Absolutely awful."
"I love the song 'Attack! Attack! Attack!' but you need to know when you lose the ball you have stability. We don't show this."
Jose Mourinho opens up on Man Utd's slow starts.