Smalling described it as a pivotal period for United and insists the value of victory in upcoming matches is priceless.
"I can't understand [why we started slow]".
"We have fantastic character and the heart that any result, the game is not over and we go until the end".
Manchester United ran out 3-1 winners against a lively Bournemouth side and Paul Scholes has named one overlooked player who was vital to United's win and the key behind Paul Pogba taking control of the game in the second half.
"Juve have shown they don't concede many goals and hopefully we can get on the front foot".
"All credit to them for sticking in the game during that first period because it couldn't have been easy with the way we played and how hard it was to defend our attacking players".
"Then you look at the players and I wonder whether some of them have agents talking in their ears because they are not performing like we know they can".
Jose Mourinho is struggling to understand why Manchester United have developed a habit of starting games slowly after they hit back to snatch a dramatic 2-1 win against Bournemouth.
"It won't be easy, it never is easy to win and we all saw that against Empoli where we struggled, because we started well and then fell asleep", said Allegri of last week's league match which Juventus won thanks to a Ronaldo second-half brace. In the first half, Bournemouth were by far the best team and in the second half we were the best team by far.
"It happened again against a good team but we were prepared for everything".
"We were ready for everything, I can't understand the mentality that brings me more white hair!"
"Fred, as well, I don't think he does". Indeed, the former AS Monaco prodigy has now scored five goals in his last four Premier League matches and finally seems to have gained the trust of coach Jose Mourinho.
The Turin outfit have made a near ideal start to the season in all competitions, dropping points only in a 1-1 draw with Genoa.
Mourinho will know, however, there must be much more to come if they are to revive their challenge for a top four place. The fact that United played well against Everton with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in attack will have proved Mourinho right to drop Lukaku and he may face a battle to get back into the team as a regular over the next few weeks.