Ibrahimovic Offered £50 To Lukaku For Every ‘Decent First Touch’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku.

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Manchester United’s biggest woe at the moment is the state of their attacking lineup. Despite boasting of impressive pace and electric intent, the Old Trafford outfit simply doesn’t have a world-class array of strikers who are capable of finishing.

Their poor scoring record this season is a testament to the same and the goal drought that Marcus Rashford has been suffering from is equally appalling.

The issue at hand is the youngster’s failure to convert the crosses he is fed and bring himself into the right positions to make the adequate touches leading to a goal.

This isn’t a new issue, as illustrated by two former strikers of the illustrious club.


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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in an interview to Gazetta Dello Sport, reveals how poorly he thought Romelu Lukaku’s first touch was during their shared time at Old Trafford.

The Swedish striker stated: “Don’t expect good technique from Romelu Lukaku at Inter Milan.”


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He then goes on to recount a bet he had with the Belgian: “’At Manchester United, we made a bet – ‘I’ll give you £50 for every decent first touch you make.’ He replied: ‘What do I win if I get them all right?’ I told him nothing, he would simply become a better player. For the record, he never accepted the bet! Perhaps he was afraid of losing.”

Ibrahimovic, who now plies his trade for LA Galaxy, then went on to clarify the light moment: “Joking aside, Lukaku has this mad hunger to prove himself to the world and I’m sure he will do well at Inter too.”

The condition at United is such that either of the two strikers would be welcome to give a second shot right about now. Many commenters and fans have pointed out the error in selling Lukaku this summer, despite his earlier flaws.