Jose Mourinho praises Ander Herrera for giving Manchester United a dramatic victory in Bournemouth
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Jose Mourinho valued Ander Herrera with a 2-1 win at Bournemouth that transformed Manchester United in the second half.
The 29-year-old Spaniard replaced Fred in the 56th minute and helped his team in midfield to more stability. His goal was almost a goal.
Mourinho has spoken of trying to find the right balance for a team that has developed significant defensive vulnerabilities, and Herrera's performance showed that he has another option as he seeks to find that balance and work out his strongest XI.
Ander Herrera's introduction helped Manchester United win a late winner in Bournemouth
"I was happy to bring Ander into the game, because usually the intention is to look for a better result than attacking players or theoretically to make attack changes," he said.
"I felt that the team needed a player like Ander to balance us in that position, to put more pressure, recover the ball faster and protect Ashley Young. I think I was happy with this change.
"The team was much better and we have created many opportunities.
Jose Mourinho was frustrated with his team … but Herrera inspired a dramatic late winner
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"In the second half, the team has done much better as a team. We got back the two points we lost to Chelsea in the last minute. "
Bournemouth had scored the sixth victory of seven wins in all competitions with Callum Wilsil's opening goal, but was penalized by Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford at the finish.
They were impressed with their expansive first-half play and were well on their way to challenging the top six despite defeat, but their manager Eddie Howe said: "It's a tough one for us.
"I think many aspects of our game have been really good, especially during the opening phase.
"We got the ball right and our game was very intense.
"Manchester United changed and changed things, but I was happy with my players' attitude to the game and they gave everything to the game."
Eddie Howe was happy despite Saturday's defeat by United