Ibrahimovic ruled out for a month — Mourinho

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United’s prized keeper did not have a huge amount to do but made a great save to deny Shane Long a certain goal in the second-half

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be out of action for a month, but he hopes to have Romelu Lukaku back soon following his head injury. "And it's the problem that others with better squads, with better stability, with more options, they keep investing". They currently sit only two points clear of the bottom three.

"Is it possible [to compete]?" After a break of at least five minutes, Lukaku was carried off to applause from both sets of fans.

Pogba did tap the ball into the net from close range after a goalmouth scramble, but the flag was raised for offside. Excuses are made freely and often, even where equilibrium exists.

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"Our target is to bounce back in the Southampton way, to play with more character and be more clinical", he said. They had already become disenfranchised with his brand of football, epitomised by a chorus of boos that greeted the half-time and final whistles, and desperate pleas of "attack, attack, attack!" from the Stretford End late in the second half.

"I think it is a disappointing afternoon for Craig because he's a fantastic referee, one of the most promising in Europe", the Portuguese told BT Sport.

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"The club invested a lot of money".

The Saints have won two of their last three games at United's home ground.

"You think the club can put here now £600 million and let's buy six players of £100 million?" It's a consequence of a player who really needs a little rest or just a consequence of the moment of the occasion.

Lukaku crashed into Hoedt as the pair contested an aerial challenge in the first half of the encounter at Old Trafford.

Southampton are on a slump of their own, fresh from the thrashing at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, The Saints have not tasted victory since defeating Everton 4-1 on November 26th. It's as simple as that, so that's the reality.

The news on Ibrahimovic was not so positive, as he confirmed the Swedish striker who recently returned to full fitness now faces a spell in the treatment room. "We have been punished". Marcos Rojo has recovered and is available for selection.

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