Talking Points From Manchester United's Win Over Bournemouth

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Mourinho criticised United's defending in the first half as a disaster. I feel like people watching this game will not believe how hard we trained this week.

"We will wait for Monday".

"We created chances and we can take that second half performance to Turin and we will be more on the front foot and I think you'll see a better performance than you did, particularly in the first half".

Manchester United have pulled off yet another thrilling comeback in the Premier League this season. No matter how many minutes to the end of the game, we have the feeling that anything can happen.

"So when the team is really defensive and you have a more defensive mind then you base the work on that, then the team doesn't develop enough in other areas but the team managed to get results based on that".

"In the first half we were a very, very lucky team". 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.

Referring to those once-famous characteristics, Smalling, 28, said: "We're showing that attitude, never giving in and you can see that coming out".

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"He's a player of balance, he's not an incredible creator, not an incredible scorer, he has a little bit of everything but I think he's a player of balance, knowledge, his tactical knowledge is big, he understands what I want, what the team needs".

The fact Bournemouth sit ahead of United in the table today, even after defeat on Saturday, is a gloriously remote possibility brought to life. "And that is a fantastic quality for the team".

But despite that miss by the England striker, whose first Premier League goal since September later redeemed him, Mourinho felt United delivered a much improved performance after the interval.

He said: "I hope we will agree".

The 27-year-old is certainly the best player we have at United and was brilliant in our 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

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.

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