Zlatan Ibrahimovic warned Man United signing is number one striker at Old Trafford

Ex-Man United defender Mikael Silvestre warns Zlatan Ibrahimpvoc warns Romelu Lukaku is number one striker

Man United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic Photo: Tag Heuer

Mikael Silvestre has warned Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic that Romelu Lukaku is the number one striker at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils signed the Belgium international in a £75m deal from Everton in the summer transfer window after seeing off competition from Chelsea.

The Manchester United striker has already scored seven goals in seven games in the Premier League to make an effortless transition to the Red Devils team.

Lukaku did struggle in Manchester United’s goalless draw with Liverpool on Saturday and was perhaps fortunate to avoid at least a booking following clashes with Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 times in all competitions last term to help Manchester United win the League Cup and the Europa League.

The 35-year-old striker was released at the end of the 2016-17 season following his serious knee problem in April.

Manchester United re-signed former Sweden international Ibrahimovic in August ahead of his return from knee problem.

Former Red Devils defender Silvestre warned Ibrahimovic that Lukaku won’t lose his place in the Manchester United team.

“Clearly the number one striker is Romelu but then the bench – and especially Zlatan – can have a big impact if you are still fighting for the four trophies,” said Silvestre, speaking exclusively to 888sport.

“There will be a time when Romelu needs to rest because so far he’s played in every game. Zlatan will have a role to play but obviously not as much as last season.

“If you are United, City, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal you need two high quality strikers if you want to win the Premier League.”

Lukaku scored 25 times in 36 games in the Premier League last season for Everton.

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