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Ibrahimovic and Lukaku add to Mourinho's woes

Ibrahimovic and Lukaku add to Mourinho's woes
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December 30

After being held by Leicester and Burnley either side of Christmas, the Red Devils served up a 0-0 stalemate against the Saints, with injury problems up front casting an even larger shadow. Ibrahimovic was a surprise absentee from the matchday squad, while Lukaku was taken off on a stretcher after a nasty collision with Wesley Hoedt. The Swede recently completed a speedy recovery from a career-threatening cruciate knee ligament injury but Mourinho offered a gloomy assessment of the Swede's apparent relapse. "Zlatan is out for a month, the same knee. (It's) an incredible problem," he told BBC Sport. "A 37-year-old man, a lion like he says, a real lion, but it's not easy. Now he had a little recurrence and one month out." Ibrahimovic actually turned 36 in October, but if the rest of Mourinho's facts were accurate it is bad news for a club who failed to put away a Southampton side who came to Old Trafford winless in their last seven matches. Lukaku provides another source of worry, missing a golden opportunity to nod his side in front after just three minutes before the clash with Hoedt and a lengthy spell of treatment which ended with him carried away in an oxygen mask.

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