'Lucky' Manchester United giving Mourinho white hair

After a Bournemouth corner was half-cleared, a superb Lewis Cook pass sent Stanislas through in the right channel and his low cross was flawless for Wilson to tuck away past De Gea.

United looked completely out of sorts early on and trailed in the 11th minute after the unmarked Callum Wilson converted Junior Stanislas' cross from close range.

There is significant encouragement in that, as well as Anthony Martial's fifth goal in five games to equalise and the composure of Marcus Rashford's late victor.

Then in the second half it was the exact opposite.

Asmir Begovic then had to be alert to thwart both Martial and Luke Shaw in the space of a minute, before tipping Sanchez's header over, as the game threatened to open up at the Vitality Stadium. The bone of contention remains the focal point of the Manchester United attack, a responsibility which should be bestowed on Marcus Rashford once again, with Romelu Lukaku struggling to perform at his best.

Mourinho knows his side have to pick up a win on Wednesday to stand any chance of finishing top and defeat would leave their qualification hopes hanging in the balance if third-placed Valencia beat Young Boys in Spain.

Jose Mourinho in charge of Manchester United, has never lost a Premier League game to a side managed by an English manager. I said at half-time I was the luckiest manager in the Premier League in a half when the score should be like 6-2. In the first half, Bournemouth were by far the best team and in the second half we were the best team by far. I feel like people watching this game will not believe how hard we trained this week.

Asked how confident he is of Martial staying, Mourinho said: "I don't belong to the discussions of contracts".

But the visitors were vastly improved after the break, with Herrera influential, and fellow substitute Marcus Rashford's scrappy stoppage-time strike stole the three points.

Instead they went in at 1-1, before the customary United improvement in the second half, in which Alexis Sanchez - starting for the first time since September -and Paul Pogba were especially risky.

With Mourinho looking for a centre-back in January, Ake's name has been listed as a potential target.

Vanessa Coleman

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