Marcus Rashford fires Manchester United to injury-time victory over Bournemouth

Arnold Nichols
November 5, 2018

"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".

Marcus Rashford scored a stoppage-time victor as Manchester United came from behind to claim a much-needed 2-1 away win over Bournemouth.

The Red Devils trailed to an early Callum Wilson goal at the Vitality Stadium before in-form Frenchman Anthony Martial pulled them level going into half-time.

"You know, the way I like to play is with three attacking players where there is not a clear definition of the winger as a winger", Mourinho said. No matter how bad the first half was, the second half we all believed we could go and win.

The striker has struggled in front of goal in recent weeks, having last found the net for United on September 15 against Watford.

United legend and BT Sport pundit, Paul Scholes pointed out that Mourinho's 56th-minute substitution of Fred for Ander Herrera turned the game on its head.

United trail leaders Manchester City by nine points but have edged up into seventh position after taking 10 points from a possible 12.


Mourinho opted to introduce by Herrera and Marcus Rashford in the second half, with both players coming on in the 56th minute and making a difference in the top-flight clash.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid gaffer has always been a defensive-minded coach, but this new season has not only seen his Red Devils attack poorly, but also defend their goal shockingly by leaking in a plethora of goals.

"I think we were much better in the second half".

The forward looked a threat every time he received the ball, with his pace, dribbling ability, and composure in the vital moment helping the visitors earn a point.

He added that he was frustrated by the team continuing to start slowly, "I really can not understand the kind of [early-match] mentality that brings me more white hair!" With Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson being incredibly unsafe on the attack this season, Bournemouth has the most goals scored so far this year outside of the Top 4.

The come-from-behind success left United manager Mourinho at a loss to explain his team's poor start. It's a great feeling and it's bringing us closer together.

The defender said the club had a hard week ahead, with a Champions League clash against Juventus on Wednesday followed by a daunting trip to neighbours City next weekend.

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