Jose Mourinho's team is slowly climbing the ladder, as they will be a month and a half away from their last league loss by the time the Manchester Derby starts next weekend. Made up for it with the equaliser to score in a fourth straight Premier League game for the first time.
"We were really poor, defensively very bad". Absolutely terrible. And not just my defenders, but the team. "It starts at the back, and as a team collectively, and we will be working on it every day".
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. "The first half, I think we learned from that and we showed that in the second half and on Wednesday you will see a difference".
Smalling recognises that United's indifferent start has left them with an uphill task in order to attain a top-four finish but he knows any criticism comes with the territory.
"We were disappointed at half-time that we weren't winning and we felt that we deserved to be leading by more than one". We pressed higher, more intensity and intention.
"The approach [last season] was much more defensive and with a much more defensive approach you can hide better your weaknesses", Mourinho said. It was much better. When we are in control we have no problems, when the opponent is in control I think the team has problems.
Young's free-kick cannoned off the post and the United man's goal-bound effort was sensationally blocked on the line by the chest of Nathan Ake. "The two points we lost in the last minute against Chelsea, we got them back". "I really can't understand the kind of mentality that brings me more white hair!" My coaches said it was the best warm-up of the season. Now, Alexis and Lingard are after one good week of work with the team.
"I love the song "attack, attack, attack", but when you lose the ball you have to have stability, and we did not have it against a good team". Bournemouth had three clear chance before Wilson finally put the hosts in front.
The Spaniard, 29, replaced Fred in the 56th minute and gave his team greater stability from midfield, also going close to scoring as they pursued a winning goal.