Jose Mourinho expects Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku to miss another week

Reporter's response to Jose Mourinho's latest whinge sums up this whole mess perfectly

Jose Mourinho expects Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku to miss another week

These inflammatory remarks in the immediate aftermath of the Old Trafford club's clash with Everton on New Year's Day are sure to further divide opinion on the player in question, however in statistical terms, it is extremely hard to argue against the 24-year-old having a positive contribution to the United starting XI.

"I think the only thing Paul Scholes does is criticise".

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also unavailable due to injury whilst Marcus Rashford's poor form meant he was left out of the starting XI.

Manchester United's £89million midfielder has become one of the most influential players in the United team and today proved his worth.

"Where's the Paul Pogba we saw at Juventus?" "Sometimes he plays very well, sometimes he plays well, sometimes he doesn't play so well. It's not Paul Scholes" fault either, it's just the way football is'.

"The players are definitely under-performing and maybe the manager is too", Scholes added.

Second-half goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, however, proved enough for the 20-time English champions to start 2018 in a positive fashion.

Ex-United player Wayne Rooney was booked and taken off the pitch. "If he's 25 per cent, he'll be quite happy".

"The prestige of this club is based on people like him, so successful here", he said.

Liverpool are now level on points with United and Mourinho will be keen to restore a three-point gap between them and the Reds by beating Everton. Their previous Premier League games against Leicester City, Burnley and even Southampton have failed to give them the full three points.

Giggs was an assistant to previous United manager Louis Van Gaal.

Next up for United is a home game against Championship side Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday night.

Arsene Wenger made a similar criticism of former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry on Sunday, saying "I don't listen to what he says" after the Frenchman claimed the Arsenal squad was riven by divisions over the attitude of Chilean star Alexis Sanchez.

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