With how Manchester United have started the season, it's easy to forget that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his 28 goals last season are waiting in the wings.
The legendary Swede, 35, is working his way back from the serious knee injury his suffered against Anderlecht last March in the Europa League and hoping to return around the festive period.
In his absence, the Red Devils signed Romelu Lukaku for £75 million from Everton and the burly Belgian has wasted no time in proving he is worth every penny.
With 10 goals in his first nine games, Lukaku has led United to an unbeaten start to the season and they currently sit joint-top of the Premier League alongside their bitter neighbours Manchester City.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have also been in sensational form so far this term and it's hard to see where Jose Mourinho will slot Zlatan Ibrahimovic in when he finally returns from his long layoff.
It would appear the Special One is planning to simply rotate Lukaku and Zlatan when the veteran is ready, but until then, the former will have to shoulder the load.
“Look, without Zlatan we cannot rotate the striker, especially because Marcus Rashford is playing also in other positions,” Mourinho told reporters.
“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.”
Asked whether Mourinho would appreciate if Belgium boss Roberto Martinez resting Lukaku considering they have already qualified for the World Cup next year in Russia, Mourinho insisted that is not his decision to make.
“Belgium is Roberto’s responsibility and it’s his decision to play him or not to play him,” added Mourinho.
“I cannot, professionally speaking, say do this or do that. It’s Roberto’s responsibility.”
United face a winless and goal-less Crystal Palace on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten start and Lukaku is sure to be amongst the goals if they do. (edited)
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