Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hailed the impact of Ander Herrera as Manchester United beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Manchester United were poor in the first half despite the score being 1-1 at half-time.
Following Herrera’s introduction ten minutes into the second half, Manchester United took control of the game.
Herrera injected energy into United’s midfield and twice went close to scoring with crisp shots from the edge of the penalty area.
Although Marcus Rashford scored United’s winner, Mourinho reserved special praise for Herrera.
“In the second-half I knew by having the two brothers on the bench – Rashford and Lingard – I knew the brothers could come in and make an impact,” Mourinho said.
“But I think the impact was Ander Herrera. I think was the impact in the team.
“Was the one that changed the game by giving the team, the balance, the intensity, the high pressure, the organisation that the team didn’t have until then I think he was fundamental for us.
“He’s a player of balance, he’s not an incredible creator, he’s not an incredible goalscorer, he has a little bit of everything but I think he’s a player of balance, knowledge, his tactical knowledge is big, he understands what I want, what the team needs.
“And today, in theory, you say ‘Come on, 1-1, you bring Herrera’. I bring Herrera. But then Ashley Young and Luke Shaw start attacking more, Paul gets much more freedom, the team recover balls higher and then we become more offensive in the period after Ander. So I think he was really good for us.”