Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has provided a transfer update following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure from Old Trafford. The Swedish footballer ended his association with United to join LA Galaxy on a Bosman, and this has since spread speculation of the club pursuing a new marksman.
Speaking prior to the Swansea game, Mourinho was quizzed whether United would be pursuing another No.9 during the summer, and the Portuguese response was pretty much the same from February.
Back in February, Mourinho clarified that the club won’t be doing any forward business during the summer, and the 55-year-old has now reiterated that he has no plans of recruiting another striker into his ranks.
Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial have played upfront at some stage of their professional careers, and Mourinho believes that they can replace Romelu Lukaku, if required in a two-man combination.
He said: “If we don’t have Lukaku for different reasons, we can change a system and play with a two. We can give more mobility to, for example, Marcus and Martial together, Marcus and Alexis together, so we are not going to go for another No 9.”
Lukaku has been brilliant for United upfront this term with 26 goals across all competitions, but rest assured, there may be a concern in the long-run with Mourinho’s tendency to utilise physically-imposing strikers.
None of Martial, Rashford or Sanchez are capable of ruffling their opponents with their physical presence, and this could hamper the club at some point, should Lukaku suffer a setback through an injury.