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Jose Mourinho needs to utilise the chemistry between Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku up front

by Leo Nieboer

Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku have combined to claim six goals in the Premier League this season – a total that already matches the best partnership of last season (Wayne Rooney and Martial).

The number also matches eight previous tallies in Manchester United’s history in the Premier League era, meaning that the pair have a chance to make history against Crystal Palace next Monday.

And in a post-Ferguson era hallmarked by so much flux and, in turn, dissociation between players on the pitch, such a partnership deserves to be recognised to a greater extent.

The pair combined beautifully during Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Chelsea on Sunday, with Martial once again utilising his remarkable close control to release the ball perfectly into Lukaku’s path, whose raw strength and cool headedness allowed him to net a crucial equaliser.

Lukaku started this season talking up the natural chemistry he had with Marcus Rashford, but the Frenchman’s resurgence this term – claiming three ‘Player of the Month’ awards in the process – has given Man United’s striker an source of attacking ruthlessness from which to benefit this season.

The way the pair combined in the lead-up to Jesse Lingard‘s first goal at the Emirates in December felt almost intuitive, as if they simply knew where’d the other would be. The same goes for Lukaku’s flick on for the 22-year-old to score against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

Martial’s pair of assists for Lukaku against CSKA Moscow was a more natural surmising of their qualities combined: breathtaking control and speed from Martial, ruthless finishing from the Belgian.

While one attracts the attention of defenders, the other uses the space vacated to score. A simple formula, in a way, yet one that United have so regularly struggled to foster in recent times.

Perhaps Mourinho, as he continues to find the right balance for his attack, ought to consider using them in even closer proximity, affording Alexis Sanchez the chance to play on the left or even in behind.

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