'Romelu Lukaku has to improve'

He said on BT Sport: "They were much better than us in the first half, and we were better in the second".

Ander Herrera was delighted with Manchester United's second-half performance in Saturday's 2-1 win at Bournemouth but conceded Jose Mourinho's men are making life hard for themselves.

Callum Wilson gave Bournemouth an early lead on England's south coast and the home side could have been further ahead before Anthony Martial levelled for United in the 35th minute.

"You know, the way I like to play is with three attacking players where there is not a clear definition of the winger as a winger", Mourinho said. 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.

United were dominant in the second half and should have won the game long before Rashford's victor. Maybe Mourinho could take something from that change as United prepare to face Juventus and Manchester City in this crucial week.

Jose Mourinho eventually hauled him off in the 56th minute with Ander Herrera entering the fray.


Although numerous Red Devils should be praised for showing passion and determination in their desire to turn the game around, not everybody was willing to go the extra mile to ensure that we left the Vitality with all three points on Saturday.

Mourinho's side then laid siege to the Bournemouth goal in the second half.

"No matter how bad that first half was, that second half we all believed we can go and win. So I think he was really good for us". When we are in control we have no problems, when the opponent is in control I think the team has problems. We didn't start pressing up or doing what we worked on during the week.

This was a start, particularly as Bournemouth had begun the season so impressively. It's a great feeling and it's bringing us closer together.

7 - With Romelu Lukaku ruled out after picking up an injury in training on Friday, Mourinho's key decision was to start Sanchez at centre-forward in place of Marcus Rashford.

The Old Lady of Turin, Juventus FC on Wednesday, November 6 welcome Manchester United to the Allianz Stadium in Turin in what is expected to be a mouth-watering Champions League clash.

  • Steve Townsend