United have huge tests against Juventus and Manchester City coming up this week; Smalling will be run ragged by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Aguero. But the midfield is where the game was won as United wrestled back the control in the second half and that was all thanks to one man. To be 1-1 in a half where it should be like five or 6-2 is really lucky, because we were really poor.
Mourinho had expressed his confidence before this game that United's position in the Premier League table would look very different heading into the second half of the season.
Callum Wilson's 50th goal for Bournemouth had given them a lead Anthony Martial later cancelled out, and the striker said: "We lost but there are still things we can learn from and we are disappointed not to come away with anything having played well".
Last season with Atletico Madrid, he formed a defensive partnership with his fellow Uruguayan Diego Godin and helped Atletico keep the best defensive record in LaLiga conceding just 22 goals throughout the season, even better than the champions Barcelona, who conceded 29 goals.
Other opportunities fell for the likes of David Brooks, Adam Smith and Ryan Fraser, as the Dorset outfit had Jose Mourinho's team of big hitters reeling from the get-go.
"When we make a defensive mistake, instead of forgetting and keeping playing, it is something that triggers instability".
"We can't afford to drop points because Inter and Napoli are behind us".
Allegri added, "We need to keep clear heads at all times, otherwise we can concede from the opposition's first cross and then nearly concede another from Cagliari's only chance in the second half".
"People watching this game will not believe how hard we worked this week".
"[He] was the one that changed the game by giving the team, the balance, the intensity, the high pressure, the organisation that the team didn't have until then I think he was fundamental for us". We were prepared for what Bournemouth have done in the season.
'It brings us closer together.
"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".
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