After starting with both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku against Burnley on Boxing Day, Manchester United really shouldn’t have had to rely on half-time sub Jesse Lingard to bail them out, coming back from 2-0 down.
But that was the position they found themselves in as the Belgian striker – still United’s top scorer – has started yet another goal drought, whilst Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who, in fairness, only has one start to his name all season – is yet to score in the Premier League, his only goal coming against Bristol City.
This weekend, after three without a win in all competitions, the Red Devils need to find a victory from somewhere in order to stop the rot, but it won’t be easy: not because Southampton are the most difficult opponents they’ll face in the coming weeks, but because there’s another game just 48 hours later, up against Sam Allardyce’s Everton.
That won’t be easy either, not least because the Toffees have only conceded twice under their new manager, and it’s those sorts of defences which have given United difficulties in recent weeks. That means United can’t just think about beating Southampton first and then moving onto Everton: with two games in three days, they have to juggle both by resting players with a view to winning both games.
In order to do that, you get the feeling that Lukaku will have to play one game and Ibrahimovic the other. With the Saints game first up this weekend, should Mourinho play Ibrahimovic or Lukaku up front on Saturday, resting the other for New Year’s Day? Have your say below?
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