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Juan Mata: How Zlatan Ibrahimovic forced Manchester United players to improve

01 October 2017

Eric Bailly missed out on Manchester United's first Champions League game of the season through suspension. It's not a good situation for us but moaning doesn't help.

But ahead of United's game with Crystal Palace, it sounds as though they'll be forced to cope without their talisman.

"So Lukaku is not just about the goals he scores, he is about the way he plays and allows other people with different qualities than him to have conditions to shine and perform".

The 24-year-old sustained a hamstring injury during United's comfortable 3-0 win over Basel in their opening Champions Trophy clash at the Old Trafford earlier this month. They could be well on their way to win the Premier League and Champions League this season.

The only game Lukaku has not started for United was the League Cup tie with Burton, although he was even named to the substitutes' bench for that. The former Red Devils star believes the four goals thumping of CSKA Moscow is the flawless demonstration of the power of the "Mourinho Era Manchester United". I am really happy with the performance.

Finally, Celtic ended their run of 16 European group games without a win as goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair saw off Anderlecht.

It's taken him just nine games with his new club to reach double figures and, like numerous club's supporters, Roy Keane has been impressed with what he's seen so far from the Belgian worldwide at United.

"I think every step in his career he got it, he grabbed it with both hands", said Mourinho. "They didn't look as good as they are, because of us". United are scoring far more goals than in previous seasons and conceding less thanks to the sustained brilliance of David de Gea, who made key saves on an otherwise quiet night for the United defence in Moscow.

He said: "Marouane Fellaini gave us a lot and especially these goals he scores he arrives in the box in a very intelligent way and he is very good with his head".

Juan Mata: How Zlatan Ibrahimovic forced Manchester United players to improve