Chris Smalling: 'Manchester United will attack Juventus'

Chris Smalling: 'Manchester United will attack Juventus'

Chris Smalling: 'Manchester United will attack Juventus'

Chris Smalling believes Manchester United's revival is being inspired by the rediscovery of the resilience that was the hallmark of their golden era under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Jose Mourinho recognised Manchester United had been "very lucky" to win 2-1 at Bournemouth after a poor display throughout the opening 45 minutes.

Manchester United travelled to Bournemouth on Saturday knowing that a defeat would have left them six points behind their overperforming hosts.

Callum Wilson had given the hosts an 11th minute lead but Anthony Martial levelled before the break, setting the stage for Rashford's late victor.

Referring to those once-famous characteristics, Smalling, 28, said: "We're showing that attitude, never giving in and you can see that coming out. We need to take the second-half performance that we had against them at home and we need to do that from the off and we'll give them a good game and get chances".

"We were ready for everything, I can't understand the mentality that brings me more white hair!"

Uncertainty in central midfield surely hasn't helped: Pogba is the only midfielder who has played all 11 league games in the middle this season. "We're going to win a lot of points that way".

McGrath fears for his former club when they take on Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night and then take on Manchester City in a derby game next Sunday.

"We have to stick together".

In-form Bournemouth, now sixth in the league, will look to secure a fourth victory in five league matches when they host United.

"I think we have to speak about it in the dressing room, we have to improve the first 20, 25 minutes".

"We have to defend better, we concede too many goals and risked letting in an equaliser in the 85th minute". We knew the second half was going to be a different game.

United's pressure nearly resulted in a goal when Ashley Young's free kick hit the woodwork, before Ake and Brooks did extremely well to deny Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba with some last-ditch blocks to keep the game level, while Ander Herrara curled an effort narrowly wide moments later.

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