Romelu Lukaku delighted at the prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Romelu Lukaku has reacted to the prospect of Zlatan Ibrahimovic returning to the squad later this season, noting that Manchester United “need his personality”.

The Swede was released in June after damaging his knee ligaments against Anderlecht but was handed a new one year deal at the club last week.

Ibrahimovic could, according to reports, make an early return to action and join Lukaku, who has four goals in a Man United shirt in as many games, for a busy December period.

And Lukaku has expressed his delight ahead of welcoming the 35-year-old back to the squad over the next few months.

The notion that Zlatan’s presence will inhibit Lukaku during the second half of the season makes very little sense. Mourinho has already implied that the Swede will not usurp Lukaku as first choice striker and instead serve as his lethal “extra man”. And this role works perfectly for both players.

Zlatan, after all, will not be able to play every week. He may be Zlatan, yes, but he will also be 36 and recovering from nine months on the sidelines.

But Lukaku will be wary of the 35-year-old. He cannot afford even a two game spell where he fails to score and Ibrahimovic comes on and changes the game. His presence, whilst emboldening in a general sense, will specifically keep Lukaku on his toes.

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