Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United: Three Things We Learned

Annette Crawford
November 7, 2018

Jose Mourinho's side are unbeaten in their last three matches in the top flight, seeing off Everton in their last game on Monday night. We work tactically, we improve some fitness levels. "When we are in control we have no problems but when the opponent is in control we do".

"I am trying to find the balance where we develop the team in the second, third phase of attack". "We were really poor, defensively bad".

United now sit second in Group H but they're five points adrift of Juventus after the Italians put-in an impressive performance to secure a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture two weeks ago with Paulo Dybala scoring the only goal of the game.

United manager Mourinho was highly critical of his players once more as he labelled their first half performance at Bournemouth on Saturday as "a disaster", with Sunday World columnist McGrath suggesting that criticism is deflecting attention away from his own failings.

Perhaps Mourinho could do with playing Herrera from the start of clashes as his tenacity could be infectious on the rest of the team.

"I think Juventus, we started the game a bit in awe, we were off the pace and they were on the front foot but the second half we showed we could give them a game", Smalling said.

But rather than lavishing all the praise upon the goalscoring substitute, Mourinho has instead highlighted the impact of Herrera, who came off the bench after 56 minutes for only his fifth Premier League appearance of the season. United found the much needed late goal as Paul Pogba lofted the ball from the left flank onto the penalty box which was well controlled by Marcus Rashford who later thumped the ball into the net.

United seem utterly incapable of starting a game at the right tempo and are only jolted into life by a goal for the opposition and Saturday was no different. They got the win here and deserve credit for extending their resurgence to four games unbeaten in the league, but there are not merely cracks on show but gaping chasms, most of which are still found in the defence and their £130million midfield. "The disappointment at half-time was that we weren't winning but it was one of the best first-half performances we've seen since we were promoted to the Premier League".

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