Jose Mourinho insists he won’t be rotating Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United until Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fit to make a comeback.
The Belgian has been incredible since his £75million summer move from Everton this summer, quickly endearing himself to supporters with a flurry of goals.
His only break came in the Carabao Cup against Burton Albion and in that time he has also played two World Cup qualifiers for Belgium, playing 11 matches in the opening eight weeks of the campaign with 14 goals.
Speaking about his striker, Mourinho insists it’ll be a long time until he takes off Lukaku.
“Look without Zlatan we cannot rotate the striker, especially because Marcus Rashford is playing also in other positions,” explained manager Jose Mourinho.
So until the moment, we have Zlatan we cannot think about giving rest to our No.9, the same way we give in other positions. We cannot do that.”
Ibrahimovic is still working on his rehabilitation after successful surgery on his cruciate knee ligament injury but he’ll unlikely to be ready until December or the New Year.
The big Swede scored 28 goals across all competitions last season and his return will be a massive boost for the players, especially Lukaku, as it seems he won’t be rested until there is a suitable backup.