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Ronaldo failed to add to his seven-goal league tally for new club Juventus with the Portuguese superstar hitting the woodwork before next week's Champions League visit by former club Manchester United.

Roma had the best of the first half with a Federico Fazio header going dangerously close and Edin Dzeko firing wide after 20 minutes.

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.

Bournemouth were all over the visitors following that goal and both Fred and Paul Pogba were guilty of fouls borne purely out of frustration and not being able to get hold of the ball, with Luke Shaw lucky to not concede a penalty.

And now Mourinho has told his team that they can only contend for the Premier League if they climb back into the Champions League positions.

"So when the team is really defensive and you have a more defensive mind then you base the work on that, then the team doesn't develop enough in other areas but the team managed to get results based on that".

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Valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt, and also him being only 23, it would be a really good investment on the young Uruguayan worldwide to shore up United's defence which has been poor throughout the start of this season.

'I think Juventus, we started the game a bit in awe, we were off the pace and they were on the front foot but the second half we showed we could give them a game, ' Smalling said. In terms of our performance, I thought we deserved to be leading by more than one. We've had an inconsistent start to the season and every point is huge for us.

"I think the (biggest) impact was Ander Herrera", he said.

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.

This was a start, particularly as Bournemouth had begun the season so impressively. We knew the second half was going to be a different game.


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