Man United making life hard for themselves - Herrera

Romelu Lukaku picked up an injury in a training session on Friday

The Belgian was not part of the United team that won 2-1 at Bournemouth on Saturday after picking up an muscle injury in training on Friday.

United next turn their attention back to the Champions League as they travel to Serie A giants Juventus on November 7.

The visitors struggled to cope with Bournemouth's pacy front players and Eddie Howe's side exploited the lack of organisation in the United backline, forcing the lead in the 11th minute after a period of sustained pressure.

Despite the home side dominating the early exchanges, United equalised ten minutes before half-time when Anthony Martial netted his fifth league goal of the season following a smart cut-back from Alexis Sanchez, sending both sides into the interval on level terms.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admits they could've conceded six goals in the first-half of their win at Bournemouth. "We were really poor, defensively terrible". "So Lukaku is not coming, and we chose to start with Alexis".

In the second half Mourinho's men upped the tempo and after substitutes, Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford entered proceedings.

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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.

"Because the approach was much more defensive and with a much more defensive approach you can hide better your weaknesses", said Mourinho.

United have a host of other players out of contract next summer, with Juan Mata, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Andreas Pereira all falling into that category. "The disappointment at half-time was that we weren't winning but it was one of the best first-half performances we've seen since we were promoted to the Premier League".

"It's a tough one for us".

"I am trying to find a balance where we develop the team and the talented players we have in the second and third phase of attack without losing the balance". In the second half, we were fantastic and we want to be a whole-game team.

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