Callum Wilson opened the scoring early in the first half, with Anthony Martial equalising for the visitors with a left-footed strike 10 minutes before half-time. United, who were dominated by the Cherries in the first half, bettered themselves in the 2nd.
The impact was felt after the hour-mark. Prior to that, Jose Mourinho made two substitutions. One was in the form of Marcus Rashford, and the other was midfielder Ander Herrera.
The Spaniard replaced Fred, who was far from impactful. Herrera came in and stomped his authority. He had two strikes that whiskered past the post from open play, and his presence allowed the midfield to breathe more and gave Paul Pogba the space.
Eventually, the freedom given to the Frenchman was crucial for the winner, as his cross saw Marcus Rashford slotting home in the dying moments of the match.
Post the win, Jose singled out Herrera, and felt that the impact enjoyed by the team was created solely by Ander.
“I think the impact was Ander Herrera. He 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,” Mourinho admitted.
Herrera will be hoping to make the most of the chances that come his way from now on. With Marouane Fellaini injured and Nemanja Matic struggling, Jose might indeed opt for the Spaniard more often in coming weeks.