THIS IS WHY MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE BEEN STARTING GAMES SLOWLY

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Manchester United beat Bournemouth 2-1 on Saturday but our first-half performance was awful against the Cherries.

This isn’t the first time this season we have started games poorly as we did the same thing in our 3-2 victory over Newcastle United and 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

In our last seven matches in all competitions, Manchester United have scored just twice in the first half and conceded seven goals.

Jose Mourinho admitted our first-half performance against Bournemouth was poor.

Mourinho told BT Sport: “We were defensively awful. Absolutely awful. And when I say defensively I don’t just mean my defenders, I mean as a team.

“At half-time I thought I was the luckiest manager in the Premier League because to be 1-1 in a half where it should be like 5-2 or 6-2, we were really lucky because we were really poor.

“We didn’t press. The work we did during the week – I feel like people watching this game won’t believe how hard we trained this week. The first half was a disaster.”

Mourinho revealed after the game against Bournemouth that he can’t understand why Manchester United start games poorly.

“I can’t understand,” Mourinho added.

“My assistants were saying this is the best warm-up of the season. The week was a very good week of work, so I can’t believe how bad we started.”

Former Premier League midfielder Danny Murphy has offered an explanation into why Manchester United start games poorly.

According to Murphy, Manchester United don’t play with enough confidence in the first halves of matches.

Murphy said: “Well if the manager doesn’t know…

“You know what, I think there’s a lack of confidence at the moment.

“In that when they start games, they’re more worried about losing the game than thinking, ‘We’re just going to go and win it!’

“Then when they go a goal down, they play with a freedom.”

With Manchester United set to travel to Turin on Wednesday to play Juventus in the Champions League, the Red Devils can’t afford another slow start.