Romelu Lukaku considering a move away from Manchester United after being dropped

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Manchester United executive chairman Ed Woodward has appeared reluctant to dispense with Mourinho.

The striker signed for United from Everton in the summer of 2017 but has struggled to find the net recently, which has seen him dropped to the bench by manager José Mourinho.

José Mourinho admits he can not afford to play Fred, the fourth most expensive player in Manchester United's history, unless his team becomes tighter defensively.

United's goal difference is -1, having allowed 25 goals and scored 24, and Mourinho cited this.

"We just need to put the performances together as we have the quality to beat teams, which is easy to say but can be hard sometimes".

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However, he felt that they showed far more spirit as they drew 2-2 at home to Arsenal on Wednesday, giving him reason for optimism as bottom-of-the-table Fulham prepare to visit Old Trafford on Saturday. Mourinho was reluctant to discuss publicly the reasons for Lukaku's loss of form but said he is in regular dialogue with the striker as to how to get him back to his best.

The numbers, the stats for me are not fundamental but sometimes they give us, they support our feelings, our ideas.

Asked on Friday when United, now eighth in the Premier League, will challenge for the title again, Mourinho said: "I don't know".

On Ozil's possible return, Emery said: "This morning he worked with the physiotherapist on the pitch, running and touching the ball". In fact we may even start keeping a few more clean sheets with Koscielny leading from the back....

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