Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that midfielder Ander Herrera has inspired his side’s second-half transformation in their 2-1 win over Bournemouth.
Herrera, who replaced Fred in the 56th minute on Saturday afternoon, gave the Red Devils greater stability from midfield.
The 29-year-old has also gone close to scoring as the North West side pursued a winning goal.
Mourinho, who praised the Spaniard for his superlative performance during the weekend, has also admitted he is still looking to find the right 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.”
Spain international Herrera moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2014 from Athletic Bilbao and went on to score 17 times in 167 appearances.