Manchester United Football Club picked up yet another 4-0 victory over the weekend, with the Red Devils putting a poor Crystal Palace side to the sword. The result leaves us heading into the international break sitting joint-top of the table with fierce rivals, Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho must have been delighted with the victory, particularly with a couple of key players missing the match for one reason or another. That gave others a chance to come in and step up to the mark, and boy did some fringe players take advantage of that.
The self-proclaimed Special One was asked about rotation during this busy period of the season, and in particular, the press seemed to focus on Romelu Lukaku who hasn’t really been rested. Mourinho has responded to those claims.
“Look without Zlatan we cannot rotate the striker, especially because Marcus Rashford is playing also in other positions,” Mourinho told reporters, as per Goal UK.
“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.”
As the gaffer says, the only out and out striker we have fit right now is Lukaku. Of course, both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford can play there, but for the most part, they’ve been used out on the wings – to devastating effect, too…
Why change something that is working so well right now? Lukaku has an amazing 11 goals in his first 10 Manchester United games. Give him half a chance and he will hit the back of the net.
Who knows when Ibrahimovic is due to return, but you’d imagine we won’t see him back at his best until Christmas at the very earliest. An ACL injury is an extremely serious problem, and it may take him a while to fully recover – particularly when you factor in his age.