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Mourinho baffled by Man United's slow starts

05 November 2018

The Portuguese tactician has been under intense criticism since the start of the ongoing campaign, not just due to his team's poor results, but also due to the boring and inconsistent manner in which his players have functioned on the pitch.

Marcus Rashford's stoppage-time victor at Bournemouth on Saturday earned a third Premier League victory in four matches and provides a lift before this week's match at Juventus and the Manchester derby on Sunday.

May said on MUTV's Matchday Review programme: "I think Ander could have played himself into the team there".

"We have fantastic character and the heart that any result, the game is not over and we go until the end".

"Even after the first goal we didn't add a second and drifted out of the game". 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.

Paulo Dybala scored the only goal of the game as Juventus outclassed United at Old Trafford last month, but Smalling insists he and his teammates will arrive buoyed after recording another late win.

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".

"I think by the end of December, which is the end of the first half of the Premier League, I think we are not going to be in the position we are now".

Ronaldo has made 11 appearances for Juventus so far and scored seven times.

'We are showing that attitude of never giving in and you can see that coming out.

'The first half, I think we learned from that and we showed that in the second half and on Wednesday you will see a difference'. We had to come from behind, not for the first time, and it wasn't easy, but to take the three points in stoppage time is a special feeling.

"I was happy bringing Ander Herrera into the game", declared Mourinho. We're going to win a lot of points that way.

Mourinho spoke on the situation that Valencia finds himself in during his pre-match press conference, iterating that the Manchester United captain has had a setback in his recovery from knee injury, "The only one that went one step behind was Antonio Valencia with some problem in his knee".

The former Everton man can grab 30 goals a season easily and if he's playing in a full strength, peak side then who knows how many more he can grab. "It's one of the few things we're not doing so well and we must work on it and concentrate more".

Mourinho baffled by Man United's slow starts