Pat Nevin: Jose Mourinho knows he needs a Romelu Lukaku back-up

Pat Nevin: Jose Mourinho knows he needs a Romelu Lukaku back-up

Pat Nevin has predicted that Jose Mourinho and Manchester United will invest in a striker this summer transfer window in order to provide cover for Romelu Lukaku.

The Portuguese manager has insisted he’s happy with his attacking options and will focus his efforts on his defence and midfield.

However, reports have continuously linked United with a move for attacking players such as Mario Mandzukic, Gareth Bale and even Neymar.

Mourinho is already blessed with Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez as his striking options but there are rumours of his frustrations with the youngsters in particular.

Nevin believes that’s enough to work on to expect the former Real Madrid boss to invest in yet another attacker to play as backup to the Belgian.

According to Sport Review, Pat said to Newstalk: “I think there will be a striker to put a bit of pressure on Lukaku. Jose knows it is something Man United have to have.”

Though the Red Devils have Rashford, Martial and Sanchez, one can see why Jose would eye another striker instead.

The former Inter Milan manager loves a physical presence up top and neither of these players provide that.

There is the obvious argument to be made which is to work to his players strengths instead of exposing their weaknesses but it’s unlikely Jose Mourinho would cater to that.

Romelu had Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a back up this season but perhaps the Swede’s move to the USA opens up room for someone else to come in.

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