Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi sends message to injured star

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Fifth-placed United are now just a point behind local rivals Manchester City, who are fourth, ahead of their clash at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday. "He was playing very, very well for us and also getting, finally, a position as a central defender in the [Argentina] national team so I am really sad for them".

"(Bailly) was incredible. If I was Smalling or Jones, I would play Thursday.

Asked if he could confirm how long Ibrahimovic will be sidelined for, Mourinho said: "Yeah I know but I think it's for the medical department to be more specific and to evaluate over the next few days to see an expert's opinion and we have to wait and see for that".

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"Its no news I got injured so I will be out of football for a while. I would do a last push", he said. If they're safe-thinking and surrounded by people with the same mentality as they have, they will be more cautious and it would be more time. "I just want the player to recover the best he can". I promise I am not sad for the team, not anxious about the impact on the team's results and ambitions, i just think about the player.

"Eric (Bailly) and Paul (Pogba) were heroes after two hours on Thursday and the other boys brought fresh legs and fresh brains and an important victory", he added. Burnley boss boss Sean Dyche: "On paper it looked like a tough run and it was always going to be, especially with the form Everton are in at their place and then Manchester United 22 unbeaten before today".

It was an exceptional counter-attack goal that gave United a 21st-minute lead which Burnley could not cancel out, as intent was not matched by threat on David De Gea's goal.

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The Spanish midfielder returned the favour, picking out the run of Martial perfectly and sliding through a pass for the striker to collect, take a touch and beat Tom Heaton from six yards.

United confirmed on Saturday both players suffered "significant knee ligament damage" in the win over Anderlecht on Thursday and they appear certain to miss the rest of the season. Substitutes: Marcus Rashford (on for Lingard) 6, Henrikh Mkhitaryan (on for Martial) 6, Michael Carrick (on for Pogba) 6.

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