Mourinho’s response when asked if Man United signing can play with Ibrahimovic
The Manchester United boss opens up about whether Romelu Lukaku can play with Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Jose Mourinho is confident Manchester United summer signing Romelu Lukaku can play with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The former Sweden international moved to the Red Devils in a free transfer from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in 2016.
Ibrahimovic scored 28 times in all competitions to help Manchester United win the League Cup and the Europa League.
However, the Swede couldn’t score enough goals to fire the Red Devils to a title challenge.
Manchester United signed Romelu Lukaku in a £75m deal from their Premier League rivals Everton in the 2017 summer transfer window.
Lukaku, who scored 25 times in 36 games for Everton last term, made a brilliant start to his Old Trafford career.
The Belgian forward scored 10 times in his opening nine games in all competitions after succeeding Ibrahimovic in the number nine shirt.
Lukaku failed to score in his last six games in all competitions before the international break to prompt talk of Ibrahimovic’s return from a serious knee problem.
Asked whether Ibrahimovic and Lukaku can play in the same team, Mourinho told his pre-match news conference on Friday:
“They are good players, they can play together. The problem is when the players aren’t good, but with good players, it’s easy [for them] to play together.”
Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic suffered a serious knee problem during a Europa League game in April.
The Red Devils signed Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and Benfica defender Victor Lindelof in the summer.