Paul Scholes was concerned by United's tactics.

Paul Scholes had a clear message for Jose Mourinho after Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United

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Marcus Rashford came to Manchester United's rescue in stoppage time to snatch a last-gasp 2-1 win over Bournemouth.

Callum Wilson had threatened to send Jose Mourinho's side back to the pit they were in a few weeks ago before Anthony Martial's 35th-minute equaliser.

On the whole, the Red Devils just about deserved the three points, but that's only if the first half an hour or so is discounted.

The Cherries came tearing out of the blocks, while the visitors stumbled, struggled to keep hold of the ball and failed to pose any real threat.

"We were really lucky, because we were really poor," Mourinho admitted to BT Sport afterwards.

"Defensively awful. Absolutely awful."

"I love the song 'Attack! Attack! Attack!' but you need to know when you lose the ball you have stability. We don't show this."

Mourinho's tactics rightly came under fire in the first half and while he can take credit for the introduction of Rashford, which proved decisive, Paul Scholes once again urged him to reconsider the way he sets his teams up - despite the victory.

Scholes on United

"As soon as they come out in every game, they set up defensively," he said on BT.

"They sit off, they sit back. They never get to the ball, they're never tackling the ball early on, they never get into players.

"And they can't defend. The back four have shown week-in-week-out they're going to concede chances, the keeper usually saves them.

"The strength of this team for me has to be their attacking ability.

"They've got so many good players going forward that they have to come out and try and start games this way, it's not until they go a goal down, or two goals down at times, that they start to play."

Rashford came to the rescue in stoppage time

Scholes has been engaged in something of a war of words with the Portuguese this season, accusing him of "embarrassing" the club.

Mourinho hit back by claiming he wasn't interested in the 43-year-old's opinion.

Even if the United boss is reluctant to listen to the former midfielder, when he takes stock of how the game unfolded at the Vitality Stadium, he'll surely see he's got a point.

After all, had Eddie Howe's men been a little more clinical, things could have panned out very differently.  

Are United still being too defensive? Have your say in the comments. 

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