Asked if such comebacks reminded him of playing for the Scot, who signed Smalling from Fulham in 2010, he said: "Yes, we're showing that attitude, never giving in".
"We know we're going into a very tough week now but we can come out with some good results and it can be seen as a good month, considering (October) was probably one of our toughest months. 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". And I do not just look to my defenders, as a team we did not start pressing up, the work we did during the week.
United are now up to seventh place in the table and within reach of the Champions League places.
In Lukaku's absence against Bournemouth, Mourinho made a decision to start Alexis Sanchez with Marcus Rashford dropping to the bench. Next up for them, however, is Juventus, followed by Manchester City!
Wilson was denied by David De Gea and Junior Stanislas's shot deflected wide before United finally cracked after failing to deal with the resulting corner.
Jose Mourinho will look to close down the unsafe Bournemouth attack. Martial continued his fine goal scoring form but Alexis Sanchez failed to impress, having started in the centre forward position with Romelu Lukaku sidelined due to an injury revealed by Mourinho earlier today. "I really can't understand the kind of mentality that brings me more white hair!" My assistants were saying this is the best warm-up of the season. I feel like people watching this game will not believe how hard we trained this week. The lead can be overturned against teams like Newcastle and Bournemouth, but big games are coming thick and fast and United need to be ready for them from the first minute. Former Chelsea player was initially at Bournemouth on loan and after this display, the club from Dean Court will be certain their move for Ake was a wise one.
De Gea is demanding around £300,000-a-week to remain at United.