Romelu Lukaku was ruled out with injury, meaning he could either continue with Rashford up front or deploy Alexis Sanchez as a false nine. Just when it seemed the home side would hang on, Rashford popped up in the six-yard box to chest down Paul Pogba's cross and tuck the ball past Begovic, prompting wild celebrations among his team mates although a muted reaction from Mourinho.
The changes allowed United a measure of control in the second half and Rashford snatched the victor deep into stoppage-time. "It was all the first half".
"They got completely outplayed in the first half didn't they", Burley said of the Bournemouth clash. "We were really lucky because we were poor, defensively very bad", Mourinho said.
Mourinho defended Rashford ahead of the Premier League encounter at the Vitality Stadium, stating that the pressure was too high on his shoulders but Ferdinand, who made 455 appearances for United across 12 seasons, feels that the 21-year-old needs more regular starts to improve.
"The first half was a disaster".
He said on BT Sport: "They were much better than us in the first half, and we were better in the second".
With 20 points from 10 games, they might even expect to be in the Champions League places at this point in the season.
But Mourinho is still concerned by the lethargic manner in which his players are starting games. "I really can't understand the kind of mentality that brings me more white hair".
"The reason (for his omission) is he is playing lots of matches and lately, not just not scoring goals, but also not showing lots of confidence", said Mourinho.
"I think as players you need to have thick skin".
"So when the team is really defensive and you have a more defensive mind then you base the work on that then the team doesn't develop enough in other areas but the team managed to get results based on that".