Romelu Lukaku, the only out-and-out striker at the club till Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return, has so far been delivering and enjoying his time at Old Trafford. The Belgian forward, who has already scored 10 goals, has been in blistering form for his new club since moving from Everton in the summer.
It’s safe to say that the former Chelsea striker has deserved his place, yet Jose Mourinho intends to rotate his strikers once Zlatan returns to full fitness.
The Manchester United boss recently stated: “Look, without Zlatan we cannot rotate the striker, especially because Marcus Rashford is playing also in other positions. So until the moment we have Zlatan, we cannot think about giving rest to our No.9, the same way we give in other positions. We cannot do that.”
Mourinho was also quizzed if he would like to have Lukaku rested during international duty, to which the Portuguese tactician replied: “Belgium is Roberto’s responsibility and it’s his decision to play him or not to play him. I cannot, professionally speaking, say do this or do that. It’s Roberto’s responsibility.”
Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to make his comeback from the injury around January. Till then, Lukaku will have a free run in the squad, without any need to face competition. However, once Ibrahimovic gets fit, it would be interesting to see how Mourinho accommodates two top class strikers in one team.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.