Man United continued their poor festive season form as they dropped points yet again against Southampton at home in the Premier League.
A match which saw a good amount of chances being made by the hosts ended in a goalless draw. As a result, the Red Devils moved to third place, behind reigning champions Chelsea and league leaders City.
However, lack of ruthlessness in front of goal isn’t the only major problem that manager Jose Mourinho had to address.
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United’s main striker, Romelu Lukaku, was carried off on a stretcher after an accidental ariel collision with Southampton defender, Wesley Hoedt. The replays showed that the Saints’ man headed into the back of Lukaku’s head while trying to clear the ball.
As a result, the former Everton striker was left almost unconscious on the pitch, and was replaced by Marcus Rashford after just 12 minutes into the game at Old Trafford.
Nevertheless, the Special One insisted that Hoedt’s challenge wasn’t a malicious one, and his towering Belgian forward was just ‘unlucky’.
While talking to MUTV, Mourinho said: “He was just unlucky. I think the Dutch central defender goes with him for the ball and it’s unlucky for Romelu and unlucky for Hoedt.
“It was nothing aggressive and, hopefully, nothing important. But the first consequence of is he didn’t play for the rest of the game.”
The Portuguese tactician further confirmed that the 24-year-old star might be sidelined for the next two matches.
“I don’t know. I know that normally bad, bad news arrives immediately. Bad news didn’t arrive. I think that there’s a problem for the next two matches. For sure,” Jose added.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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