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Why Zlatan Ibrahimovic is unhappy with Man United's younger players

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Manchester City are 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League and no team has ever held a lead that great on Christmas day since the English top-flight began.

With local rivals Manchester United sitting in second place looking up, it's hardly going to be a happy Christmas for the red half of Manchester.

Jose Mourinho's men dropped two more points against Leicester on Saturday thanks to a late Harry Maguire goal after the Red Devils squandered several good chances to make the game safe.

The 2-2 draw leaves United with everything to do in the title race and after their hot start to the season, they must be disappointed with the gap they've allowed to open up already this term.

Their form hasn't been helped by the absence of Paul Pogba for around three months with a hamstring injury and not long after his return, he then collected a red card against Arsenal which drew a three-game ban.

Man United's squad is full of relatively young stars with Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Pogba all under the age of 24 while Jesse Lingard is only 25.

They have their fair share of veterans too as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Michael Carrick carry a combined age of 72.

According to a report from the Daily Mail via The Sun, the experienced pair are 'unhappy with a number of youngsters’ attitudes'. The report stems from a claim that United staff had to go to Pogba's house to wake him up for a post-game warm-down after the 3-1 win over Arsenal.

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Whether there is a rift between the elder statesmen at United and Pogba is unclear, but he certainly fits in as one of younger members of the Red Devils unit, even if he is the second-most expensive player in the world.

United now host high-flying Burnley on Boxing Day fully aware that they cannot afford to slip any further behind their opulent neighbours. City face Newcastle a day later.

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