Manchester United 0 Southampton 0: Slim title hopes fading fast for Mourinho

Posted Diciembre 31, 2017

Since hanging up his boots in 2013, the Englishman's appearances as a pundit have been punctuated by brutal honesty and United supporters haven't always agreed. The Belgium international has retained his place as the focal point of attack despite the recent return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from a long-term knee problem.

It was a gamble which paid off as Southampton kept their first clean sheet in 12 games.

With Ibrahimovic out for a prolonged period, Mourinho could have done without Belgian forward Lukaku being stretchered off in the first half against Southampton after a clash of heads with Wesley Hoedt.

Mourinho accused his players of "childish" decisions as they conceded a late equaliser at Leicester last Saturday, and was every bit as angry with the defending against Burnley on Boxing Day. "But no, I cannot rest him". Pellegrino is expected to ring in the changes after the heavy defeat to Tottenham.

Such is life for Man United in free fall. According to the Sun, the 24-year-old has put on almost half a stone but the club doctors have assured the former Blues boss that it's all muscle and not fat. "We have been punished".

"At Southampton now it is impossible to bring in a player for £50 million", he said. It's just the way the market is and you pay or you don't pay.

"We kept trying with what we have in this moment so I think we deserved to win the match". "Now, I say 20 matches in the Premier League, 90 minutes [for Romelu]". Such had been the low bar of expectations that chants of "ole!" emanated from the away section whenever their team strung together a succession of passes. What Paris Saint-Germain did this season with Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe - they get two of probably the four best attacking players in the world. I think the Dutch central defender goes with him for the ball and it's unlucky for Romelu and unlucky for Hoedt.

"My club, two years ago, paid a lot of money for Paul [Pogba]".

Scholes laid down the law with Lingard by comparing the 25-year-old to Henrikh Mkhitaryan who is well and truly feeling the effects of 'second season syndrome'.