A triple set of blows hit Manchester United on Saturday as striker Romelu Lukaku was stretchered off at Old Trafford after a conflict of heads.
Then Manchester United drew Zero-Zero with Southampton dropping two very important factors and their second place within the Premier League.
Chelsea, the defending champions who performed earlier and crushed Stoke City 5-Zero are actually second on the desk, displacing United, by some extent.
Lukaku crashed into Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt because the pair contested an aerial problem early within the first half at Old Trafford.
The Belgium striker lay inclined on the pitch barely transferring whereas he was handled by medical workers for 5 minutes.
Lukaku remained acutely aware and was ultimately carried off sporting an oxygen masks.
The damage continued a troublesome interval for Lukaku, who has scored simply 4 occasions in his final 19 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s aspect.
In the absence of Lukaku, Mourinho’s males had been unable to interrupt down Southampton and needed to accept their third successive league draw.
Man Utd had penalty claims turned down and Jesse Lingard headed narrowly broad.
In the second half, Saints striker Shane Long practically was beautifully denied by the outrstretched leg of David De Gea.
Paul Pogba had a purpose disallowed for offside late on, as Alex McCarthy, changing Fraser Forster in purpose for Southampton, held agency to maintain a clear sheet.
United ended a irritating December trailing 14 factors behind leaders Manchester City, who face Crystal Palace on Sunday.
“When you see a player leave the pitch like he did, it is usually two games at least,” Mourinho mentioned of Lukaku.
“We missed easy chances but I’m really unhappy because we should have had a penalty.”