Ronaldo, meanwhile, sits in second place in the top scorer charts despite his blank against Cagliari, his seven goals putting him behind only Krzysztof Piatek who failed to add to his nine off the bench for Genoa as his side were thrashed 5-0 by Inter.
"It looked like we don't work tactically during the week which is the worst feeling for me".
Smalling said that he and his teammates were much improved after the interval, and that gives them the belief that can get something at the Allianz Stadium.More news: Trump vows to stop immigrant caravan from entering US
"We can't afford to drop points because Inter and Napoli are behind us".
"There were so many good things to come from the game".
Matuidi was also substituted during the Serie A game on Saturday after suffering a hip problem and the French global is also a doubt to face United having undergone treatment on the injury yesterday.
"He needs these couple of days".More news: Irish PM: Brexit is undermining N. Ireland's peace accord
Sanchez got the nod ahead of Rashford, a starter against Everton, but the Chile global had little chance to shine during the opening stages when Bournemouth could have sealed the points.
United fans were particularly impressed with the energy and movement he brought to the team up front. Bournemouth started strongly in their usually manner and peppered shots towards David De Gea from all kind of positions.
Mourinho has spent more than £60 million on centre-backs since taking over in 2016 but Smalling was still trusted to play almost 50 games last season and the 28-year-old has been a regular in the team again this term.More news: Turkey: Saudi Investigators Worked to Remove Evidence
United finally clicked in the 35th minute when Sanchez showed his worth. It doesn't matter how many minutes until the end of the game, we have the feeling of anything can happen and, even missing chances like we did in the second half, chance after chance after chance, they keep going until the end. The ball fell to Rashford whose close range shot was blocked by Nathan Ake. However, it was substitute Marcus Rashford who saved the day in the second minute of added time after tucking away a brilliant cross by Paul Pogba.