Romelu Lukaku out of Manchester United squad at Bournemouth; Alexis Sanchez starts

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Romelu Lukaku out of Manchester United squad at Bournemouth; Alexis Sanchez starts

Manchester United will now turn their attentions back towards Champions League affairs and their trip to Juventus on Wednesday night.

On this occasion, United went 1-0 down to Bournemouth in the 11th minute after we failed to get rid of the ball after a set piece, giving Callum Wilson the chance to put his side in front. I think he should be given an opportunity from the start against Juventus or Manchester City or both.

Smalling described it as a pivotal period for United and insists the value of victory in upcoming matches is priceless. "Against Everton we were good, but we need to be a team who performs well in the whole game". "It would galvanise us knowing that we have had some big games this month and that we have gone toe to toe and picked up some big results. I said at half-time I was the luckiest manager in the Premier League in a half when it should be like 5 or 6-2, we were really lucky", began an irate Mourinho. With Romelu Lukaku out of contention in this match, it will be intriguing to see what will Mourinho do with him in the next matches, but there was a feeling of things repeating themselves again.

Manchester United were not at their best on Saturday but were still able to snatch all thee points against Bournemouth.

Smalling admits it's something the side need to work on if they are to be successful this season.

"So Lukaku has not come and we made a decision to start with Alexis (Sanchez)".

"And today, in theory, you say "Come on, 1-1, you bring Herrera".

United were dominant in the second half and should have won the game long before Rashford's victor.

United legend and BT Sport pundit, Paul Scholes pointed out that Mourinho's 56th-minute substitution of Fred for Ander Herrera turned the game on its head.

The hosts nearly had a flawless start inside the opening five minutes, but Ryan Fraser could only fire straight at David de Gea following a swift counter attack from Eddie Howe's side, while Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas both had chances to break the deadlock soon after. "We're going to win a lot of points that way, and a lot of other teams are going to gain or lose points that way". "We as players have to stand tall and the spotlight will be on us because we are supposed to be in the top four. We are doing everything we can to get there", he said.

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