Jose Mourinho says Man United can not afford to rest Romelu Lukaku

Aubrey Yates
October 1, 2017

Lukaku hasn't missed a minute in the Premier League or the Champions League.

With Man United and Manchester City scoring goals and winning games for fun, there is now pressure on the Blues to pick up victory when they travel to the Potteries, requiring just one more point to hit the milestone 1,8000 during the Premier League era.

Jose Mourinho says Manchester United are relying on Romelu Lukaku to keep shouldering the goal-scoring burden until Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to fitness.

The 21-year-old struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first team with the Red Devils last term in Jose Mourinho's first campaign in charge at Old Trafford.

"Until the moment we have Zlatan we can't think about giving rest to our number nine the same way we give in other positions".

Mourinho refused to take credit for Lukaku's blistering start, instead insisting it is the result of hard work and steady, gradual improvement since he arrived in the Premier League as an 18-year-old in 2011.

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Michael Owen has been impressed with Anthony Martial's start to the season at Manchester United.

"They can always be in finishing areas, in fact I want them to be, so if people like Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial score goals, I think it's just a natural effect of the way we play".

"I think we made it look easy". A subsequent attempted delivery from the right was intercepted by Jason Puncheon's handball, and near the end of the first half he flicked on a Juan Mata cross towards Marcus Rashford, whose shot was blocked by Wayne Hennessey. It's just a global evolution.

They look a happier settled squad with media professionals covering the team since the summer noting a change in the mood around Carrington.

"And now of course I think Manchester United is a different level of expectation and he's coping well".

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