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Romelu Lukaku will not feature against Bournemouth

Romelu Lukaku will not feature against Bournemouth

In Lukaku's absence, Marcus Rashford, who turned 21 on Wednesday, came off the bench to score a stoppage time victor against Bournemouth.

"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".

"We passed the ball well. We are going to be in a better position", he said.

"The discussion at half-time was of course that we weren't winning but deserved to be winning by more than one".

But while he admitted that task remains a work in progress, he believes United are showing the powers of recovery required to overcome setbacks and turn games around. We didn't sustain it for the whole match.

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"In the second half I knew by having the two brothers on the bench - Rashford and Lingard - I knew the brothers could come in and make an impact", the Portuguese manager said after the game, as reported by Manchester Evening News. "Some of our attacking movement was second to none".

"In the last few years I think we have been known for shutting up shop and not conceding many goals so this season has been very unusual to what I have experienced", Smalling added. That could have been easily avoided. In addition, Martial's interplay with Shaw was impressive, at times, especially in the final phase of the game as United pinned down Bournemouth in their own half.

Despite the absence of Belgian frontman Romelu Lukaku though injury, United eventually turned the screw.

United's pressure nearly resulted in a goal when Ashley Young's free kick hit the woodwork, before Ake and Brooks did extremely well to deny Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba with some last-ditch blocks to keep the game level, while Ander Herrara curled an effort narrowly wide moments later.

"Manchester United used to start games quickly and maintain their momentum for 90 minutes, but this team seem to play in fits and starts and that will not be good enough to get them where they want to be". Mourinho has come in for a whole heap of criticism this season but they have now picked up ten points from their last 12 available, only Ross Barkley's last-gasp equaliser prevented them from making it a full complement.

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