Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Alexis Sanchez starts for Manchester United at Bournemouth, but Romelu Lukaku absent

Alexis Sanchez starts for Manchester United at Bournemouth, but Romelu Lukaku absent

"I started [at half-time] by saying it was impossible to play worse than we did so the second half will be better for sure".

The result will strengthen Mourinho's belief his side are on the up, although the United manager could easily have been contemplating a defeat had the home side made more of a succession of early chances. "If you have a Ferrari and I have a small vehicle, to beat you in a race I have to break your wheel or put sugar in your tank", Mourinho famously observed during his time at Inter Milan.

Pogba's unsuitability in such a system was evident at the World Cup: France boss Didier Deschamps used it in his team's first match against Australia. Marcus Rashford's stoppage-time victor at Bournemouth on Saturday earned a third Premier League victory in four matches and provides a lift before this week's match at Juventus and the Manchester derby on Sunday. The three-man midfield was a constant even as the team switched between 3-5-2 and 4-3-3.

Bournemouth were all over the visitors following that goal and both Fred and Paul Pogba were guilty of fouls borne purely out of frustration and not being able to get hold of the ball, with Luke Shaw lucky to not concede a penalty.

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.

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Ahead of Wednesday's encounter at the Allianz Stadium, Bosnian playmaker Pjanic stated his belief that his side is capable of winning European football's biggest asset this season. As games are getting tougher and tougher - I think they're closer than ever - it is often coming down to fine margins.

The Red Devils have now won their last two matches since losing 1-0 to Juventus at Old Trafford on October 23, and Smalling has tipped his team to be "more on the front foot" against the Italian champions in Turin.

Perhaps now the Portuguese could channel such charm towards his star midfielder.

Bournemouth however didn't have to wait too long after to take a deserved lead, as an unmarked Wilson slotted home Stanislas' cross for his sixth league goal of the season after 11 minutes.

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