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Zlatan Or Lukaku, Non Guaranteed Starting XI - Jose Mourinho

Zlatan Or Lukaku, Non Guaranteed Starting XI - Jose Mourinho
26/8/2017
Zlatan Ibrahimovic


Manchester United Boss has told his strikers that, non among them is guaranteed a playing spot in the starting XI and that his selection among them will be based on form rather than price tag or reputation.



Zlatan Ibrahimovic had been Jose Mourinho's man last season bagging 28 Goals before being ruled out with a Knee Injury, which pushed United into getting £75m Lukaku as replacement for the Swede.

"Zlatan knows me. And he knows that I play the players that I think are the best for the team. I always did it.

"I always did that in my life so if he comes here and he proves that he is the best, he plays. If the other ones don't give him a chance to prove that, that's life. But I try always to be honest with my players and with my team. I try.

"Maybe sometimes I do not do the correct things. But I always try to do."

With the Arrival of Ibrahimovic back to the club, it is possible to pair Lukaku with him when he goes full fit and the 54 year old didn't rule that out if his plans. 

"I see Zlatan important for the team. I just say that my squad is better for sure, he is one more option, he is one more striker, he is one more experienced player, one more player that can play nine or 10, that can play double strikers or no, there are lots of matches to play.

"If we progress in the Champions League and if we progress in one of the two cups, I don't even say both, if we do that we are going to be in the position where we couldn't do it only with Lukaku and Rashford, especially if I play both together.

"We are going to be a better squad and I give you just one example -- if we play Stoke on the weekend and two days later we play against Burton and I want to give a rest to my two strikers, who do I play against Burton? I have to play Rashford or Lukaku.

"I don't have another one to play so I cannot give rest to my players, I cannot do rotation with them like I am going to do with the midfield players or the central defenders or with the wingers.

"He is one of the best strikers in the world so the only consequence of it is we are going to have a much better squad.

Jose Mourinho had planned a four man re-enforcement during the summer Transfer, having brought in Lukaku, Matic and Lindelof, he still needed one more player to complete his need but after Zlatan rejoined the Club, the Portuguese has laid lose his ambition for a fourth.

"I need a striker, so probably in January I would be knocking on Ed Woodward's door asking for a striker for the second part of the season and I don't need to. I have one of the best in the world.

"Everyone knows I would like a fourth player and I can't hide that because I had it in my mind, but I am happy if I am not going to have [a fourth player] and I don't think I am going to have and I was the first to tell my board not to feel any kind of pressure from me in that respect.

"But probably next summer, I have to try to get a player for a position that I think can make us stronger."
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