José Mourinho admits Manchester United rode luck after first-half 'disaster'

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Romelu Lukaku was a surprising absentee, with Mourinho revealing before the game the forward had not travelled to the south coast after picking up an injury the day before. "The disappointment at half-time was that we weren't winning but it was one of the best first-half performances we've seen since we were promoted to the Premier League".

Mourinho's side went 2-0 down to Newcastle on 6th October, but turned things around with a miraculous second half comeback. We were very bad. Defensively absolutely very bad.

Fraser was responsible for creating the first clear chance in the second half when he attacked from the left and cut-back to David Brooks, who flicked towards goal with his heel to force De Gea into a reaction save.

But the manager believes his team have been hindered by a series of hard back-to-back away fixtures, citing the fact they must travel to Manchester City in the Premier League on November 11, four days after a Champions League trip to Juventus, and that they visit Liverpool in December after a European away game against Valencia.

"I can't believe how bad we started". I look to the team we didn't press or do any of the week we did in the week. "We need obviously to score more goals". It happened again against a good team but we were prepared for everything.

"I said to my players (at halftime) it was impossible to play worse than we did and the second half was going to be better for sure". Marcus Rashford came off the bench to score the victor and, while a draw might have been deemed a fair result, there is no doubt that United were by far the better side in the second half. "I felt we needed him to give more balance and to recover the ball faster".

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

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. Indeed, it was United, back in April, that were the last team to win at the Vitality and having won their first game against the Red Devils in the Premier League in December 2015, Bournemouth have lost four of their last five against them.

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