Pundit Jamie Carragher has claimed that Manchester United striker partners Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku won’t be able to work together.
Lukaku has been head and shoulders United’s main man this season but since Ibrahimovic has returned from his injury, questions have raised about who will be favoured.
However, Jose Mourinho has discussed the possibility of playing the pair together in order to bring the best out of the squad.
Romelu’s form had dropped recently and had suffered going through a small goal drought but Zlatan’s return coincided with the Belgian finding the net once more.
The Swede did come on for the match vs Newcastle and sent the former Everton striker out wide to the right flank and Carragher believes the pair’s partnership may not work.
According to the Daily Express, Jamie said: “I don’t think they can play together, Lukaku’s goal could be the most important in that 4-1 victory (over Newcastle), because, if we are talking about Zlatan and the effect he is going to have on Manchester United – and it is brilliant for United to have a player of that quality – but when he comes on, it’s hilarious, he tells Lukaku to get on the right wing and Lukaku does it.
“Zlatan is not going to do that job, and Lukaku doesn’t want to do that either. “You can imagine Zlatan in training, telling Lukaku to get on the right wing.”
Carragher’s comments may be a little premature considering the two strikers have only featured alongside together for the first time for the dying embers of the match.
Only time will tell if Ibrahimovic and Lukaku can play alongside each other but it would seem to make more sense to alternate between the pair based on form and fitness.
Both players are likely to compete with each other heavily for game time and that should only bring out the best out of them, much in the same way Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial‘s competitiveness has this season.
With strong, friendly rivalries all over the pitch, United will be ready once more to compete for the Premier League title.