United Can Reach Premier League Top Four, Says Mourinho

Jose Mourinho's pragmatism has been questioned several times and fans are not enjoying his style of play.

Shaky in the first half, but improved massively in the second period and combined well with Martial and Pogba in attack.

Mourinho was unhappy with how the first half went, branding it a "disaster", although he praised his side's spirit to make a comeback in the second 45 minutes. "We were really lucky because we were poor, defensively terrible", Mourinho said. Despite the goal, United attack remained biteless in the first half and was lucky not to concede another goal.

If the Portuguese's prediction is to come true, United must shake off the inconsistency that has so far undermined their efforts this season.

"I always say that in the end of the season you play 19 matches at home and away and it doesn't matter when but the reality is that the way the fixtures are coming, sometimes they have an influence in the moment". So I think it looked like he was working really, really hard and he was. We are on good form.

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.

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The rebuild required since Alex Ferguson's retirement remains a steady, ongoing process, but if their rediscovery of the resilience that gave them so many points late on in games under Ferguson becomes a regular feature it will ensure they maintain their present momentum.

José Mourinho admitted Manchester United's first-half performance was a "disaster" but praised his side's fighting spirit after they came from behind to inflict Bournemouth's first home defeat of the season thanks to substitute Marcus Rashford's late victor.

"I'm not happy that it's going too far with the young boy". It was much better.

That's according to ESPN, who cite unnamed sources for their information, and list three central defenders as Mourinho's top three targets: Milan Skriniar, Alessio Romagnoli and Nikola Milenkovic top his shortlist.

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.

  • Lawrence Cooper