Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku to do overtime at Old Trafford as he will not be rested until injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to the squad. As Manchester United looks all set to host Crystal Palace on match day 7, Mourinho still has no plans in rotating their free scoring striker because their only backup is Zlatan, who is injured and their other attacking options are currently embracing ‘other positions’.  

“Without Zlatan, we cannot rotate the striker, especially because Marcus Rashford is playing also in other positions,” Jose Mourinho was quoted as saying.“So until the moment we have Zlatan, we cannot think about giving rest to our number nine (Lukaku) the same way we give in other positions, ” the Manchester United manager added.  

The 24-year old, who made his Premier League debut in Chelsea colours when he was a teenage sensation, scored 10 goals in 9 games for the Red Devils so far this season after completing a colossal £75million deal from Everton last summer. His transfer deal also included England top scorer Wayne Rooney in a transfer trade as he returned to his boyhood Merseyside club.        

Albeit Lukaku has been slowed by down by no one so far, thanks to his red hot form in front of goal, United manager showed no acknowledgment about his impressive start at the club. “I don’t want to speak about his progress,” the Portuguese manger said when he was asked whether the striker has delivered for the Manchester side since his arrival or not.

Keeping everything low, Mourinho revealed that he will not appreciate the striker because it will make him look like he has done something extraordinary in theses three months.“If I do that, it looks like we did something extraordinary in three months that he didn’t have in the remaining years of his career, the 43-year old manager said.“I don’t think it’s fair. It’s just a global evolution. I think every step in his career he got it, he grabbed it with both hands,” he concluded. 

First Published | 30 September 2017 6:17 PM
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