Mourinho unsure if Lukaku can face Juventus

Virginia Santiago
November 5, 2018

Jose Mourinho has thrown a curveball by starting Alexis Sanchez as the central striker, with Marcus Rashford dropping to the Manchester United bench against Bournemouth.

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.

Eddie Howe's side dominated the first half and went ahead with an 11th minute goal from Callum Wilson, but they couldn't maintain the momentum and United equalised through Anthony Martial before Rashford's last-minute strike.

"Normally the intention is to make attacking changes, but I felt the team needed a player like Herrera to give us that balance, win the ball faster and protect Ashley Young, so I was happy with that change and the team was much better and we created lots of chances. The first half was a disaster". The stand-in United skipper then fed Sanchez down the right-hand side and the ex-Arsenal man knocked the ball across the box for Martial to fire United level 10 minutes before half-time.

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

According to TEAMtalk, Rio said to BT Sport: "Marcus Rashford is a great talent who needs to be nurtured".

Losing the Spaniard on a free would be a huge error from the United, and more importantly, replacing the former Atletico Madrid man would be almost impossible.

Mourinho believes eighth-placed United, who are unbeaten in their last three league games, will improve and close the gap on their rivals over the next couple of months. And I do not just look to my defenders, as a team we did not start pressing up, the work we did during the week.

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"Defensively bad, absolutely awful".

When asked why United started so poorly, Mourinho was at a loss: "I can't understand [why we started slow]". With Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson being incredibly risky on the attack this season, Bournemouth has the most goals scored so far this year outside of the Top 4.

This was yet another dismal defensive display from United, with De Gea exposed time and time again.

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.

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