What We Learned From Manchester United’s Post-October International Break Matches

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He was dropped by Mourinho for United's Premier League clash with Everton at the end of October and the weekend trip to Bournemouth, with the Red Devils winning both games in his absence.

Fletcher maintains that Pogba, now 25, should be given more freedom in his role under Jose Mourinho, who brought him back to the club for £89m in 2016.

"If [Juventus] need me in the Champions League, I will make myself ready, but I can hardly play a game every so often", Benatia told journalists as per La Stampa.

"It looked like we don't work tactically during the week which is the worst feeling for me".

A misfiring Romelu Lukaku may be left out of the team with Martial, Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford making up United's front three.

Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini did take part in training at Carrington, ahead of flying out to Turin for their Champions League Group H match against Juventus on Wednesday. We didn't start pressing up or doing what we worked on during the week.

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Bournemouth dominated the first half and Eddie Howe praised his side despite the Cherries surrendering an advantage earned by Callum Wilson's 50th goal for the club.

Ander Herrera had been particularly influential after being introduced as a substitute for the second half.

Tuttosport (h/t Calciomercato) reports that Manchester United have joined the race for the experienced defender, who can certainly add solidity and valuable experience to their backline, should he arrive at Old Trafford. We pressed higher, more intensity and intention. The team performed much better. Because, coming back from behind in matches against Newcastle and Bournemouth is good, even though it would be best not to go behind against such teams, but these two upcoming matches are where the big teams are made.

"I am trying to find a balance where we develop the team and the talented players we have in the second and third phase of attack without losing the balance".

"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".

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