Ander Herrera inspired United's transformation, says boss Jose Mourinho


"They got completely outplayed in the first half didn't they", Burley said of the Bournemouth clash. "A tough time, I thought I was the luckiest manager in the Premier League".

"We were really lucky, because we were really poor".

"But there's certainly not a guarantee that if they keep winning and players play well, that he's just going to waltz back into the team". We were ready for everything, we worked tactically for everything. Terrible. I thought people watching this game wouldn't believe how hard we'd trained this week.

Anthony Martial proved once again how important he is for this United side, popping up with an important goal in the first half, courtesy of a smart cut-back from Alexis Sanchez.

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.

Then in the second half it was the exact opposite. As expected, the home team pressed higher up the pitch, as Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling unable to control the game. My staff said the warm-up was the best we've had. "But in the best teams you need more than that". I was happy with bringing Ander Herrera into the game.

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The expectation for the game, especially for Chelsea fans will be nothing short of a win but they will be more delighted to have Belgium global Eden Hazard back to the team either as a starter or coming in from the bench.

"Mourinho has given him many, many minutes, but I believe he is at an age now where if he's not starting he'll be disappointed".

"But then we managed to score in [stoppage] time and we got the points we lost against Chelsea".

"I can't understand [the slow starts]". While the match will be a tricky one for the visitors, Jose Mourinho will be buoyed after receiving some good news on the injury front.

"The good thing is the team has the face of a fantastic character and the heart that the game is not over and we go until the end".

With respect to Bournemouth, who have been excellent this season, particularly at home, it is inconceivable to think Juventus will not be out of sight by half-time in Turin on Wednesday if United are similarly sluggish out of the blocks.