Romelu Lukaku left out of Manchester United squad against Bournemouth

Ross Houston
November 5, 2018

Unite manager Jose Mourinho is desperate to ensure that first-team stars De Gea and Martial sign contract extensions at Old Trafford.

United are now up to seventh place in the table and within reach of the Champions League places.

United face the Serie A champions on Wednesday and Mourinho can not be certain whether the Belgium striker will be ready to travel.

"I have to wait until Monday", Mourinho told a news conference at the Vitality Stadium.

"In training yesterday, after the press conference, he felt something that needs to be studied in the next couple of days".

"We will wait for Monday".

United now face away games against Juventus in the Champions League and Manchester City in the Premier League and if they repeat this lacklustre performance, they are unlikely to escape with anything less than two heavy defeats.

Chris Smalling had a hard game against Bournemouth, as the centre back looked shaky for large spells of the game.

"The approach [last season] was much more defensive and with a much more defensive approach you can hide better your weaknesses", Mourinho said.

We passed the ball well and there was really good intensity to our play.

Speaking after the game, Mourinho said of his 56th minute substitute: "I think I was happy with bringing Ander to the game".

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.

Herrera made a difference when he came on the second half on Saturday afternoon at Bournemouth and his combative style helped Manchester United to seal another comeback win.

Instead, they went into the break on level terms after Anthony Martial's 35th minute strike cancelled out an early opener from Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson. "I think a lot of the aspects of our game were really good, especially during the opening period". It's a small thing but we need to get it right. In the second half, we were fantastic and we want to be a whole-game team. As games are getting tougher and tougher - I think they're closer than ever - it is often coming down to fine margins.

"Anywhere near the back four, the back four look nervous wrecks", Scholes said on BT Sport at half-time.

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