Man United making life difficult for itself – Herrera

Manchester United's poor start at Bournemouth almost cost it and Ander Herrera is keen to avoid similar scares.

Ander Herrera at Bournemouth   -  Getty Images

Ander Herrera was delighted with Manchester United's second-half performance in Saturday's 2-1 win at Bournemouth, but conceded that Jose Mourinho's men are making life difficult for themselves.

United has endured a poor start to the season and it was outplayed in the first half, fortunate to reach half-time all square after Anthony Martial cancelled out Callum Wilson's opener.

But, the visitor was vastly improved after the break, with Herrera influential, and fellow substitute Marcus Rashford's scrappy stoppage-time strike stole the three points.

"I think we were much better in the second half. They were better in the first. We cannot give the first 25 minutes away. It makes our games more difficult. How we played in the second half was fantastic, but we want to be a 'whole game' team," Herrera told BT Sport.

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"I think we have to speak about it in the dressing room, we have to improve the first 20, 25 minutes. Against Everton we were good, but we need to be a team who performs well in the whole game."

And, Rashford pinpointed the same deficiencies, adding: "We have to improve on starting the games. We usually end them so well. It's a small thing, but we need to get it right."

"The important thing is the three points. We've had an inconsistent start to the season and every point is huge for us. It always helps getting a win to prepare for the next game. We have a big week ahead [against Juventus and Manchester City] and we need to start the games right."

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