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Lukaku scores as lacklustre United rescue draw at Southampton

03 December, 2018, 09:44 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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United's next league encounter comes against Arsenal at Old Trafford in midweek and it remains to be seen whether the likes of Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly return to the mix after missing the Southampton game with foot and back injuries respectively.

'We lost so many balls in midfield, we lost so many balls in our transition to the last third, it was hard to have that continuity.

Two goals within 8 minutes from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera, United pulled the scoreline level before the break.

Young Michael Obafemi, I liked what I saw.

Saints had not won in nine league games and had scored only four goals at St Mary's, but they made a flying start as Mourinho's decision to play midfielder Scott McTominay at the heart of his defence quickly backfired.

United conceded their 22nd and 23rd goals of the season inside the first 20 minutes before levelling it up before half-time but Mourinho refused to blame the system or his makeshift defenders for another slow start.


Manchester United's draw left them in seventh place in the Premier League table and 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.

"They don't understand that simplicity is genius".

"Other clubs are having to pay, don't get me wrong, but are basically in a strong position where they say: "No problem, we'll sell you and get another player for this team, they are queuing up to play" and that's the problem Manchester United have at this moment in time", Neville added.

Mourinho went on to criticise the fighting spirit of his side, claiming that his squad significantly lack "mad dogs" though he did highlight the positive mentalities of both Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford - with the latter providing two assists. "Doesn't matter the system we play, has to do with the characteristics of the players". And as it turns out, when they attack, they score more goals.

Ever since Mourinho's spell at Real Madrid, he appears to have picked one player to battle with in order to lay down his authority, with mixed results: Iker, Casillas, Eden Hazard, now Paul Pogba.

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