Rooney and Ibrahimovic in line to lead United's attack under Mourinho

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One of the main questions Jose Mourinho faced when he took over as the new Manchester United manager was just who he was going to deploy in the final third.

The recent addition of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while adding experience and talent to the Red Devils' options, has only complicated that decision.

However, just one game into United's preseason, there are already reports suggesting that the Portuguese has made up his mind on who will make up his attacking quartet when the new Premier League season kicks off next month. And his decision is sure to cause debate amongst the Old Trafford faithful.


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According to The Daily Record, the new manager is set to put his faith in the experienced duo of Wayne Rooney and Ibrahimovic through the middle.

Fellow newcomer Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be stationed on the right wing, with French youngster Anthony Martial on the other flank.

It won't be a front two, however, with Ibra reportedly set to lineup as the lone striker, and England's captain in a familiar number 10 role in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Although The Daily Record note that Mourinho could change his mind over the next few weeks, this appears to be his go to lineup right now.

Obviously, United fans will be quick to note that there is no place for last season's breakout star Marcus Rashford, despite enhancing his reputation at Euro 2016.

Nevertheless, at just 18-years-old, his talents may be best served coming off the bench to begin with.

Others such as Jesse Lingard will also likely have to settle for a bench role as Rooney returns to his more familiar attacking role under Mourinho.

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