Mourinho at a loss to explain Manchester United’s poor first half performance against Bournemouth

Jose Mourinho was at a loss to explain Manchester United’s first-half performance against Bournemouth, saying that his side had prepared well for the game.

Manchester United went into the game with increasing levels of confidence after some improved performances in recent weeks, but started today’s clash on the south coast like a team of strangers, being cut open on numerous occasions by the high flying hosts.

They fell behind in the 11th minute as Callum Wilson scored his sixth Premier League goal of the season but really could have conceded five or six in what was a torrid first half.

United would eventually go on to grab all three points though thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, but speaking after the game, Jose Mourinho couldn’t explain his side’s slow start.

“I can’t understand [why we started slow]. My coaches said it was the best warm-up of the season,” the Portuguese told BT Sport.

“I think a few mistakes create instability. I love the song, ‘attack, attack, attack’ but you need to have stability when you lose the ball. It happened again against a good team but we were prepared for everything.

“We were ready for that. We knew that Joshua King was not playing. I really can’t understand the kind of mentality that brings me more white hair!”

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