Manchester United ended the year with yet another draw as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Southampton.
The match at Old Trafford was blighted by a serious head injury to Man United striker Romelu Lukaku.
The club’s leading goal scorer this season suffered the injury as early as the 8th minute of play and was carefully treated on the pitch for over 5 minutes before being stretchered off for more treatment.
The Belgian striker contested a header with Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt and the defender appeared to connect with the back of Lukaku’s head rendering the striker unconscious for a few seconds. He, fortunately, regain consciousness as he was seen talking with the medical staff while receiving treatment on the pitch.
Man United boss Jose Mourinho has given an honest assessment of the clash of heads and refused to accuse Hoedt of any wrongdoing.
“He was just unlucky,” Mourinho said. “I think the Dutch central defender goes with him for the ball and it’s unlucky for Romelu and unlucky for Hoedt. It was nothing aggressive and, hopefully, nothing important. But the first consequence of this is he didn’t play for the rest of the game.”
Mourinho went on to confirm that Lukaku will most likely miss the next two matches.
Manchester United failed to score at Old Trafford for the first time this season and the manager will be looking for a response when they visit Goodison Park to play against Everton.