Chris Smalling says the attitude of Manchester United is similar to the era of Alex Ferguson

Chris Smalling says the attitude of Manchester United is similar to the era of Alex Ferguson

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Marcus Rashford celebrates his late winner in Bournemouth

Marcus Rashford celebrates his late winner in Bournemouth

Chris Smalling believes the revival of Manchester United was inspired by the rediscovery of the resilience that was the hallmark of their golden era under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Bournemouth's 2-1 win on Saturday was the third time in four games that United had recovered from a lost position and claimed the winner in the second minute of stoppage time on that occasion.

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Former manager Ferguson was known to nurture the club's emerging talent, and a former trainee in Marcus Rashford, who won the Vitality Stadium, was so central to this recent recovery.

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Highlights of Manchester United's win over Bournemouth in the Premier League

Highlights of Manchester United's win over Bournemouth in the Premier League

Commenting on these once-famous features, 28-year-old Smalling said, "We show that attitude, never give up, and you can see how it comes out.

"No matter how bad the first half, this second half we all believed we could win, it's a great feeling and brings us closer together.

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"As the games get harder and harder, they are narrower than ever before and there are often subtle margins that can give the extra boost in the last five minutes, which will give us many points.

"We know that we are going into a very difficult week now, but we can come out with some good results and it's a good month, considering that (October) was probably one of our toughest months.

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"We need to stick together, this is a club that is talked about more than anyone else, and we as players need to stay together and go through the hard times, stay together in the good and try to keep them moving as well as possible.

"We knew that three points were a must because we have to rise at this table."

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