Draws against Leicester and Burnley either side of Christmas severely undermined United's status as challengers to Manchester City and Saturday's 0-0 stalemate at home to Southampton means they were 15 points adrift of City before this morning's game against Everton at Goodision Park.
It's possible that Lukaku plays in both matches. Paul Pogba teed up Martial on the edge of the area and he stroked a sublime finish into the top corner for his ninth goal of the season. James McCarthy, for me, was the shining light of the recovery, because he actually went and tackled somebody and showed the rest of our team how we had to go about our job. If one day Paul (Scholes) decides to be a manager, I wish he can be 25 percent as successful as myself.
"He's a big miss for us but we have the team to fill the gap of Romelu".
In the latter days of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign, when obsession raged about the great man's successor, Sir Bobby witnessed Real Madrid boss Mourinho poking Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova in the eye. "I think he will be a player we have high hopes for, definitely".
The French midfielder returned from suspension against Bristol City, though the Championship outfit dumped them out of the League Cup. "In two or three weeks' time, if we recover some players, maybe we breathe in a different way", Mourinho said after United's 2-0 win over Everton on Monday, 1 January, as quoted by Sky Sports.
Lukaku isn't the only player United have capable of leading the line and Martial needs to prove that consistently so Mourinho can utilise his options more effectively in the remaining months of the season, allowing the Belgian to rediscover his earlier form when he was fresher.
"The boys are trying but we have lots of problems". "The second goal is a lot worse than anything we've done for a long time because they scored off our throw-in".
"He gave so much to my club that I can only thank him because the prestige of this club is based on people like him". We have difficulty now to rotate players.
Or does he feel bitterness towards those who possessed the footballing talent he never did? You have to change, which is what we try to do.