Youngsters Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial key latest Man United comeback

Youngsters Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial key latest Man United comeback

Mourinho admitted that he had commiserated with his opposite number at the final whistle after an exciting game and Howe was full of praise for his players despite their disappointment at losing the game so late in the day.

Mourinho's side went 2-0 down to Newcastle on 6th October, but turned things around with a miraculous second half comeback.

"We were defensively bad".

Got forward to great effect for the first half an hour, but was pinned further and further back the longer the game went on. And I don't speak about the defenders, but the whole team.

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.

"I cant understand. My assistants said the warm up was the best we have all season and the week of work we had was phenomenal, so I can't understand this performance".

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It was basically a replay of the San Francisco game all over again. "Unfortunately, we didn't have that opportunity". It's a game they weren't expected to win, but one they will feel like they should've won.

"We will be at it from the start, pressing high and trying to win the ball back to give the fans something to get excited about". "We need obviously to score more goals". We are on good form. "I start by being positive and saying it is impossible to play worse than we did so the second half will be better for sure".

The Spaniard saved quite a lot throughout the match but another of his eye-catching saves was at the start of the second half when he brilliantly gathered Brooks' attempt.

Goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sánchez secured all three points for United after a first half that seemed to signal the end of Mourinho's reign at Old Trafford.

United struggled to carve out chances for most of the half, but they almost leveled matters in the 34th minute through Fred, whose close-range strike was blocked Nathan Ake.

"We can not give the first 25 minutes away". I was happy with that change.

The result lifts United, who were without Romelu Lukaku through injury for their trip to the south coast, level on points with Bournemouth in sixth place in the Premier League table, but the hosts will rue missed opportunities. For all the fight that his team showed in turning this game around, Bournemouth could have sealed the points inside 20 minutes.