No rest for in-form Romelu Lukaku

Aubrey Yates
October 1, 2017

Romelu Lukaku has already improved as a striker since his move to Manchester United in the summer, Danny Mills has claimed.

"So until the moment we have Zlatan we can not think about giving rest to our No 9, the same way we give in other positions".

With 10 goals in his first nine games, Lukaku has led United to an unbeaten start to the season and they now sit joint-top of the Premier League alongside their bitter neighbours Manchester City.

Mourinho, who confirmed that Paul Pogba has joined Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo on the "long term" injury list with a hamstring tear, is unhappy United have to face bottom-of-the-table Crystal Palace in a 3pm kick-off at Old Trafford this afternoon, three days after a 4am return from playing CSKA Moscow in Russian Federation.

Mourinho's men are expected to hammer Crystal Palace in their Saturday afternoon fixture - given that the away side have lost their opening six matches this season without scoring a single goal.

Mourinho, however, insists he is delighted with Lukaku's all-round game and believes he would've played a significant role in the thrashing of Palace even had he not got on the scoresheet with a late header.

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

In the meantime, Mourinho has praised Lukaku for his professionalism and his development over the years with Chelsea (Mourinho loaned him out to Everton in 2013 when he came back as manager for a second spell and then sanctioned his sale a year later), West Brom, Everton and, now, United. 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. We can not do that.

'Belgium is Roberto's responsibility, ' he added.

"Since his first loan to West Bromwich Albion, he grabbed the opportunity with both hands, fighting for his evolution".

Following Saturday's meeting with Crystal Palace, Lukaku will head away on worldwide duty with Belgium, who have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup. Professionally speaking, I can not say I will do this, I will do that.

"He works hard, he rests, he has a great professional life outside the football pitch".

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