Mourinho explains why Lukaku left out of squad

Grant SmithNov 06, 2018

"We didn't think he was disciplined enough for the reserve team never mind the first team at that time", added Fletcher, who is now playing for Stoke City. "It would galvanise us knowing that we have had some big games this month and that we have gone toe to toe and picked up some big results".

The Ivory Coast worldwide is seemingly unsettled at Manchester United and has lost his place in the team after some poor performances earlier in the season.

The two points we lost against Chelsea in the last minute [two weeks ago], we got them today.

Lukaku had started on the bench against Everton six days previously so his starting place was far from guaranteed - he has not scored in nine games for his club.

"We can not give the first 25 minutes away, it makes the game more hard".

United were second best for much of the contest, Bournemouth taking a deserved early lead thanks to Callum Wilson's 50th goal for the club before the in-form Anthony Martial hit back for Mourinho's men.

Asked if such comebacks reminded him of playing for the Scot, who signed Smalling from Fulham in 2010, he said: "Yes, we're showing that attitude, never giving in".

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

"When there are free kicks from far away, Ronaldo can kick them but we've decided that Dybala and Pjanic will take the set pieces close to the area". As games are getting tougher and tougher - I think they're closer than ever - it is often coming down to fine margins.

"We were really poor, defensively terrible".

"So Lukaku has not come and we chose to start with Alexis (Sanchez)". Every year they shed top players - think Tevez, Pogba, Vidal and Pirlo to name just four since the Berlin final - and yet every year they come back stronger, with a direction and identity that puts the hopes of other challengers like Paris Saint-Germain in perspective. We didn't start pressing up or doing what we worked on during the week.

AC Milan are planning a January move for Manchester United's Eric Bailly, sources have told ESPN FC, with the defender becoming increasingly unsettled by his lack of opportunities under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

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