Jose Mourinho credited Ander Herrera with inspiring Manchester United’s second-half transformation in their 2-1 victory at Bournemouth.
The Spaniard, 29, replaced Fred in the 56th minute and gave United greater stability from midfield, also going close to scoring as they pursued a winning goal.
Mourinho has spoken of striving to find the right balance to a team which has developed significant defensive vulnerabilities, and Herrera’s performance showed he has a further option as he attempts to establish that balance and his strongest XI.
“I was happy with bringing Ander to the game because normally the intention, when you look for a better result than you have, is to play attacking players or in theory to make attacking changes,” he said.
“I felt that the team needed a player like Ander to give us balance in that position, to give us more pressure, recover the ball faster and also to protect Ashley Young, so I think I was happy with that change. The team was much better and we created lots of chances.
“As a team, the team performed much better in the second half. The two points we lost in the last minute against Chelsea, we got them back.”
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