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Romelu Lukaku injured in Manchester United training session and misses Bournemouth trip

03 Novembre 2018

At Manchester United, the Frenchman has the flawless platform to develop into a elite forward but hasn't really reached the next level since his stunning debut season.

"Obviously they are going through a hard period at the minute but José Mourinho is very experienced and I think some players have to do a little bit better", the DC United star told BBC Sport. This left the whole back-line askew and United were lucky that Bournemouth only managed to score once from the numerous times they exposed Young. United are nine points off the summit and the gulf in quality between Mourinho's team and Premier League leaders Manchester City is vast.

Mourinho, in his pre-match press conference, said he believed the picture at Old Trafford would be rosier at the beginning of the New Year.

All is far from rosy in the Mourinho camp though.

It leaves them an unsatisfactory eighth in the Premier League, three points and two places below Saturday's hosts.

There's no denying that they're going in the right direction but it's very easy to pick holes in their performances and their defence is not the only negative.

Young, Rashford and Paul Pogba then went closer still when, after Young was fouled and had curled a free-kick from the edge of the area against the crossbar, Rashford's rebound was brilliantly blocked by Nathan Ake and then hit Pogba, who saw it roll towards the goal-line from where Brooks cleared.

Lukaku has been suffering a goal drought since opening the season with four goals in his first five games.

Nemanja Matic 5 - Another nightmare first half from Matic who is in woeful form for United.

"It concerned his behaviour in the 96th minute of the game against Manchester United on October 20, 2018", an FA statement read.

Of course the problem with Mourinho's newfound attacking approach is that Mourinho is not an attacking manager, and that putting a lot of attackers on the pitch at the same time is not the same thing as building an honest-to-goodness attacking team.

Both sides are at fascinating junctures.

They started slowly again. The Chilean made Martial's equaliser with a fantastic cut-back across the penalty area but the fact Mourinho decided he wanted Rashford as his striker after just 56 minutes suggested he thought playing Sanchez through the middle had not worked.

"We had a double fixture away in September (at Burnley and Watford)".

Rashford has made over 130 appearances for United since making his debut under Louis van Gaal in 2016 and has blossomed into a key player under Mourinho.

Romelu Lukaku injured in Manchester United training session and misses Bournemouth trip