Mourinho had expressed his confidence before this game that United's position in the Premier League table would look very different heading into the second half of the season.
Manchester United ran out 3-1 winners against a lively Bournemouth side and Paul Scholes has named one overlooked player who was vital to United's win and the key behind Paul Pogba taking control of the game in the second half. Mourinho's team have kept just one clean sheet in their first 11 league games this season compared to eight over the same spell last term and the United manager believes it is the cost of playing more attacking football.
May said on MUTV's Matchday Review programme: "I think Ander could have played himself into the team there. It is an especially tough month now and potentially after the global break when we have a lot of home games it's all about making sure we get results and move up that table despite the tough games".
Jose Mourinho's team is slowly climbing the ladder, as they will be a month and a half away from their last league loss by the time the Manchester Derby starts next weekend. I feel like people watching this game will not believe how hard we trained this week.
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. "I start by being positive and saying it is impossible to play worse than we did so the second half will be better for sure". It was one of the best first-half performances we have seen in the Premier League since we have been promoted.
Lukaku has scored four times in 14 appearances for United this season.
'The first half, I think we learned from that and we showed that in the second half and on Wednesday you will see a difference'.
They brought on England internationals Jesse Lingard and goalscorer Rashford, as well as Spanish star Ander Herrera, who had a big impact on proceedings. "We created lots of chances and deserved to score before the 92nd minute".
"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".
BOSS Eddie Howe admitted he would look back with fondness and frustration over his side's dazzling opening spell against Manchester United.