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Man Utd ace Lukaku 'very grateful for second Mourinho opportunity'

10 September 2017

Zlatan Ibrahimovic simply doesn't do understatement.

"I think, by the end of September every player [will have] played, every player [will have] started matches because it's the normal movement of the squad and that is not a problem at all - that makes my control of my human resources better, easier and simple".

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is coming back for Manchester United.

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They splashed out £75 million on Lukaku over the summer, but having another proven alternative - allowing for rotation or a tactical tweak to a two-man frontline - will give Mourinho useful options during what promises to be another hectic campaign.

The England global is delighted with the way Lukaku has settled into the team and admitted to being flattered at being compared to Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole, who created a fearsome strike partnership in United's treble-winning campaign of 1998-99.

However, with the presence of Ibrahimovic looming over him, will he be resigned to the bench in favour of Ibrahimovic?

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"I hope that these 15 days without us being together and working together, doesn't affect us too much", Mourinho added at his press conference.

"And if one day to win we have to play defensive football, we have to do it". Lukaku believes the veteran's experience and character will benefit the team. United are able to transition into counter attacks faster, they're able to mix up their style of play and their attacks without being one-dimensional which was a common feature for United for the last few seasons.

He is expected to return around Christmas time to help Jose Mourinho's side's charge towards the Premier League title. Ibrahimovic will know himself that he will not be the main player of the team like last season, and that his role will not be as vital. It's good to have another guy in the team that's hungry to win trophies, that's what we want at Manchester United.

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Man Utd ace Lukaku 'very grateful for second Mourinho opportunity'