Jose Mourinho recognised Manchester United had been "very lucky" to win 2-1 at Bournemouth after their "awful" display throughout the opening 45 minutes. How many players at 21 had more game time in a big club, for a big country and the national team?
The Red Devils are now trailing league leaders Manchester City by seven points after recording poor strings of results at the start of the campaign.
Buoyed by what Mourinho called "calm" words at the interval, United was a transformed team in the second period and several times went close to scoring.
"I'm trying to find a balance where we develop the team in the second and first phase of attack and we develop the talented players that we have without losing the balance".
MARCUS Rashford's dramatic late victor capped Manchester United's fightback as they maintained their recent revival with a 2-1 win against Bournemouth.
"In the second half, I could understand some of the frustration because we produced some incredible chances and we didn't score".More news: Ariana Grande performs 'Thank U, Next' in a wedding dress
"When we make a defensive mistake, instead of forgetting and keeping playing, it is something that triggers instability". United found the much needed late goal as Paul Pogba lofted the ball from the left flank onto the penalty box which was well controlled by Marcus Rashford who later thumped the ball into the net.
"The good thing is the team has the face of a fantastic character and the heart that the game is not over and we go until the end". My assistants were saying this is the best warm-up of the season.
Mourinho believes eighth-placed United, who are unbeaten in their last three league games, will improve and close the gap on their rivals over the next couple of months.
Mourinho will know, however, there must be much more to come if they are to revive their challenge for a top four place. We gifted the first 25 minutes away again and that makes our job much more hard.
Even with defeat, they have made their most encouraging start to a Premier League season, and their manager Eddie Howe said: "It was a tough one for us".
Manchester United have received a timely boost as Juventus have confirmed a triple injury concern ahead of their Champions League showdown in Turin on Wednesday night.