Monday, 19 November, 2018

Chris Smalling says Manchester United are showing resilience

Juventus Champions League Allegri wary of Man United distraction as Ronaldo starts against Cagliari
Edward Snyder | 05 November, 2018, 23:26

Man United need to be focused right from the off, without making themselves work twice as hard later on chasing the game.

"I wonder whether these public dressing downs are contributing to a fear factor in the Manchester United dressing room", said McGrath.

Herrera is one of a number of players who are on the final year of their deals, but the Spaniard hasn't started many games this season.

United now sit second in Group H but they're five points adrift of Juventus after the Italians put-in an impressive performance to secure a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture two weeks ago with Paulo Dybala scoring the only goal of the game.

"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.




"No matter how bad that first half was, that second half we all believed we can go and win".

United manager Mourinho was highly critical of his players once more as he labelled their first half performance at Bournemouth on Saturday as "a disaster", with Sunday World columnist McGrath suggesting that criticism is deflecting attention away from his own failings.

"It was one of the best first-half performances I've seen us have in the Premier League since being promoted".

United - seemingly always on the verge of a crisis this season - face Juventus and Manchester City this week in what is the most testing matchweek of their season. "As for [Mario] Mandzukic, we need to take a look at his ankle and assess him", he said.

Speaking after his side's 2-1 win over Bournemouth, Jose stated: "The approach was much more defensive [last season] and with a much more defensive approach you can hide better your weaknesses". I was happy with bringing Ander Herrera into the game. Napoli were strong last season too, while Inter have a lot of quality and it's not surprising to see either of them chasing us at the top of the table. "Barça have unbelievable players, they want to win the Champions League but our team is very competitive and we can win the trophy", Pjanic told Sky Sport.

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