They are getting wins and we are not. "We have played two teams who have been having a tough time and we have allowed the games to go away from us for different reasons and they will be big lessons for us".
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United started the evening match buoyed by their victory against Spurs in midweek and were immediately on the front foot, pouring forward at frightening pace.
City came back strongly, dominating possession, but could not force a breakthrough and the visitors continued to look risky on the break.
"They are very good on the counterattack". United are up to fifth.
With this, the Reds now find themselves in the top flight driving seat with nearest rivals Leicester City 11 points off the pace ahead of their meeting with Aston Villa on Sunday.
And Liverpool took full advantage moments later when captain Jordan Henderson lifted a high ball over the top of the reshuffled Bournemouth defence and Oxlade-Chamberlain cushioned a first-time finish past goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
"Yes, it was (perfect), 100 percent", said the manager. "We scored great objectives, we had extra probabilities and did rather well and we have been actually uncomfortable to play in opposition to". The club, the players they all came to life. "It was maybe not the most exciting but necessary".
Spurs flew out of the blocks on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The victory against Chelsea ended a run of three straight defeats.
"A flawless day", Mourinho told the BBC.