When asked to explain the absence of his No.9, Jose Mourinho told BT Sport the following: "In training yesterday, after the press conference, he felt something that needs to be studied in the next couple of days".
Shaky in the first half, but improved massively in the second period and combined well with Martial and Pogba in attack.
Mourinho's side went 2-0 down to Newcastle on 6th October, but turned things around with a miraculous second half comeback. "We were really poor, defensively bad".
Midway through the first half, Bournemouth had produced six shots to United's one and the visitors looked far too easy to play against. "He understands what I want and what the team needed today". We've had an inconsistent start to the season and every point is huge for us. "When you are top four, and I believe we are going to be, you can look up and see the distance, look at the fixtures and the calendar and the situation".
"When we had to fight and give everything to get three points, the players were able to do it". I think he deserves a second chance.
"I think we'll be in a better position, I always say that at the end of the season you've played 19 matches at home and 19 away, so it doesn't matter when", Mourinho added. We are on good form.
United struggled to carve out chances for most of the half, but they almost leveled matters in the 34th minute through Fred, whose close-range strike was blocked Nathan Ake.
But Mourinho is also acutely aware that United must start games better if they are to make up ground on the top four - and, in particular, that means being much more stable at the back.
Mourinho said: "I don't belong to the discussions of contracts".
That's according to ESPN, who cite unnamed sources for their information, and list three central defenders as Mourinho's top three targets: Milan Skriniar, Alessio Romagnoli and Nikola Milenkovic top his shortlist.
The Red Devils will return to Champions League action when they take on Juventus in Turin on Wednesday night.