Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Mourinho: United 'very lucky' to beat Bournemouth after poor opening half

Mourinho: United 'very lucky' to beat Bournemouth after poor opening half

Former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand says that Romelu Lukaku must improve if he wants to continue as the club's number one centre-forward. After a big summer at the World Cup with Belgium, it appears some fatigue may be setting in for Lukaku who has scored 31 goals in 65 games in all competitions for United since arriving from Everton previous year.

Mourinho highlighted the contribution of his second-half substitute Ander Herrera as the key to United's revival.

"We have to defend better, we concede too many goals and risked letting in an equaliser in the 85th minute".

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Juventus barely stepped out of first gear to beat Cagliari 3-1 on Saturday ahead of its Champions League meeting with Manchester United on Wednesday. Cristiano Ronaldo carried Juventus to victory in their last match, scoring two second-half goals en route to a 2-1 victory over Empoli. And I do not just look to my defenders, as a team we did not start pressing up, the work we did during the week.

"The good thing is the team has the face of a fantastic character and the heart that the game is not over and we go until the end". Mourinho's team have kept just one clean sheet in their first 11 league games this season compared to eight over the same spell last term and the United manager believes it is the cost of playing more attacking football.

Allegri added, "We need to keep clear heads at all times, otherwise we can concede from the opposition's first cross and then nearly concede another from Cagliari's only chance in the second half". I was happy with bringing Ander Herrera into the game.

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"(At half-time) I said it is impossible to play worse than we did, so the second half will be better for sure. I felt we needed him to give more balance and to recover the ball faster.

"These are different players who in the decisive moment always come up with a goal or a great pass".

Smalling recognises that United's indifferent start has left them with an uphill task in order to attain a top-four finish but he knows any criticism comes with the territory. "This is a club that is talked about more than any other and we as players need to stick together and ride out the tough times and stay together in the good and try to keep them flowing as much as we can".

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