Jose Mourinho said he was the “luckiest manager in the Premier League” in the first half as Manchester United needed a late Marcus Rashford goal to beat Bournemouth.
Rashford’s dramatic injury-time goal snatched the three points for the Red Devils as he netted at the second attempt following Paul Pogba’s cross.
United had been fortunate to be level at 1-1 at the interval after a lacklustre first-half display.
“The score should have been like 6-2,” said Mourinho.
“We were defensively awful. As a team we didn’t press or do any of the work we did in the week. People watching this game will not believe how hard we worked this week.”
The Cherries had come close three times inside the first 10 minutes before a corner was half-cleared to Lewis Cook. The young England midfielder played a superb through pass to Junior Stanislas, whose pinpoint right-wing cross was stabbed in by Callum Wilson.
And the visitors were lucky not to be further behind by the time Ashley Young burst down the right and played in Alexis Sanchez, who cut it back for Anthony Martial to guide home.
Mourinho said “top teams don’t start as bad” as United did and described the first-half performance as “chaotic”.
“I’m upset with that. The second half was much better. We created lots of chances and deserved to score before the 92nd minute,” he said.
United nearly took the lead after the break when Young rattled the frame of the goal with a free-kick. Rashford’s goal-bound follow-up was cleared off the line by Nathan Ake, before David Brooks hacked Pogba’s effort clear.
But Rashford eventually found a way through – and victory will lift Mourinho at the start of a week during which his side have two more away trips – to Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday, and Manchester City next Sunday.