THE GOOD NEWS is Manchester United managed to get across the line thanks to Marcus Rashford’s injury-time winner, displaying their character again to continue their Premier League revival.
The bad news? They will have to be so much better at both ends in the weeks and months and to come.
And especially this week with away trips to Juventus and Manchester City up next.
In the euphoria that followed sub Rashford’s winner at the death those daunting looming challenges and United’s deficiencies might have been largely and briefly forgotten.
But there wasn’t much of a celebration from Mourinho.
A brief punch of the air while the rest of his staff and players went crazy.
Mourinho’s reaction was of a man relived more than anything else who knew his side had got away with one at the Vitality Stadium.
He even told Cherries boss Eddie Howe as much as they shook hands at the final whistle.
Mourinho, whose side have taken ten points from their last four games, said: “I told him it should be 5-1 at half-time so at least I recognised they were the best team by far at half-time.”
In the end Bournemouth only had Callum Wilson’s seventh goal of the season to show for their first-half dominance.
And they were level when they should have been out of sight after Anthony Martial netted for the fourth league game running for the first time in his Old Trafford career.
After the break it was United’s turn to blow a string of chances.
And they looked all set to be costly misses until Rashford, who turned 21 this week, celebrated his landmark birthday by scoring the 92nd minute winner to seal a victory that was United’s reward for their refusal to give up.
Mourinho added: “I said at half-time I was the luckiest manager in the Premier League in a half when it should be like 5/6-2.
“We were defensively awful. People watching this game will not believe how hard we worked this week.
“The first half was a disaster. The second half was much better and we deserved to score before the 92nd minute.
“It is fantastic to have this feeling that the game is not over. We have fantastic character and the heart.
“Even after missing chance after chance they kept going. That’s a fantastic quality for the team.”
Striker Romelu Lukaku was a notable omission from the United squad, which was due to injury rather than his lack of form.
United’s issues in the first half were at the other end as Bournemouth repeatedly sliced them apart.
Ryan Fraser, Wilson and Stanislas all had clear chances inside the first ten minutes.
When Wilson finally put the hosts ahead, tapping in Stanislas’s cross, it was no surprise.
“Too easy” Chris Smalling screamed in frustration. It was and David Brooks and Stanislas might have made matters even worse
But Bournemouth paid the price for not killing United off when Martial buried his fifth goal in five games from Sanchez’s cross in the 35th minute.
And the game followed the same pattern of United’s comeback win over Newcastle and draw against Chelsea.
The second half brought improvement from Mourinho’s men. Meanwhile Bournemouth didn’t help themselves by constantly giving the ball away.
Asmir Begovic raced off his line to deny Martial and Luke Shaw in quick succession before Ashley Young’s free-kick hit the bar and Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba’s follow-ups were heroically blocked on the line by Nathan Ake and David Brooks.
Ander Herra, who came on with Rashford in the 56th minute, gave United added thrust in midfield, also went close twice and was hailed as the game changer by Mourinho.
But, after Brooks was frustrated by David de Gea for the second time in the half, Rashford buried the winner from Pogba’s cross after Ake and Adam Smith both failed to clear.
Howe said: “It was a tough one for us today. Full credit for them to sticking in the game because if couldn’t have been easy. Some of our attacking movement was second to none.”