Jose Mourinho's side struggled in the early part of the first half and was duly punished by the rampant home team. In midfield, there are two more absentees, with the game against Bournemouth coming too soon for Marouane Fellaini and Scott McTominay.
Lukaku's injury thrust more responsibility on Martial and he did not shirk it, scoring his fifth Premier League goal in four appearances to get United back on level terms.
Mourinho told BT Sport before the Bournemouth game: "Lukaku yesterday in training, after the press conference - so I was not lying - he felt something that needs to be studied in the next couple of days". I bring Herrera. But then Young & Shaw start attacking more, Paul gets much more freedom, the team recover balls higher and then we become more offensive in the period after Ander. "Rashford similarly impressed from the bench, and Mourinho added: "(At half-time) I said it is impossible to play worse than we did, so the second half will be better for sure.
Mourinho expects them to compete for the Europa League qualification spots this season. While much of the focus in the past week has been around the dropping of Romelu Lukaku for Marcus Rashford, it is the defensive frailties of the Red Devils that will impact Manchester United's race for the Europa League places this season.
But while he admitted that task remains a work in progress, he believes United are showing the powers of recovery required to overcome setbacks and turn games around. "The second half was much better".
"We were defensively very bad". Mourinho pointed towards the duo's recovery as well, saying that they are raring to go against Bournemouth on Saturday.
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"I think we need somebody in there like Herrera".
"I am trying to find the balance where we develop the team in the second, third phase of attack".
"We can not give the first 25 minutes away".
Manchester United Chris Smalling has said he and his teammates were "in awe" of Juventus in their recent Champions League clash, and has challenged the players to put things right in their return meeting.
However, the English talent was once again a substitute at Bournemouth on Saturday but proved his point to the manager with an added-time victor to seal a 2-1 victory.