Manchester United will take belief into Juventus game, says Chris Smalling

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Manchester United will take belief into Juventus game, says Chris Smalling

Ryan faces some stiff opposition to claim some individual silverware for his outstanding October with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ross Barkley, Callum Wilson, Fernandinho and Anthony Martial all in contention for the award.

DF Chris Smalling, 5 - Fortunate his mistake trying to cut out Wilson's cross to Fraser didn't lead to an early Bournemouth goal but lost the striker in the box when Wilson finally found the net.

"He's gone from being that player who's been brought into the squad, who's happy to come off the bench and make that impact".

Rashford ended up netting the eventual victor late on to claim all three points for the Red Devils as they made it back to back wins in the Premier League for just the second time this season.

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

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. Here's your #MUFC starting XI...

Mourinho's second half changes shifted he course of the game as Ander Herrera made an impact from the bench and Rashford scored the victor after he replaced Juan Mata after 56 minutes.

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.

Jose Mourinho's side were fortunate to be on level terms at half-time, as United were second best for the vast majority of the opening 45 minutes. When I say defensively I just don't look to the defenders.

Things did improve for the visitors in the second half significantly, partly due to the additions of Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford from the bench, with the latter atoning for an earlier miss and score what proved to be the victor.

Smalling described United's first-half performance at the Vitality as their "worst" of the season. We're going to win a lot of points that way.

Chris Smalling had a hard game against Bournemouth, as the centre back looked shaky for large spells of the game.

In an attempt to create chances for his team, Martial made a number of runs at the Bournemouth defence and also tried to pick out his teammates but was often denied by some tight defending from the Cherries.

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