Manchester United will not sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic replacement this summer, says Jose Mourinho

Marcus Rashford will provide cover for Romelu Lukaku in the central striker role

Mark Critchley
Northern Football Correspondent
Friday 30 March 2018 20:39
Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford will be Manchester United's strikers next season
Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford will be Manchester United's strikers next season

Jose Mourinho has no plans to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic with another striker in the summer, despite allowing the 36-year-old to join Los Angeles Galaxy.

Ibrahimovic was released from his Manchester United contract three months early last week having made just seven appearances this season.

The Swede was always expected to leave Old Trafford upon the expiration of his contract in the summer, but Mourinho has no plans to bring in a replacement.

Instead, he will use Marcus Rashford as cover for first-choice striker Romelu Lukaku.

“We have Lukaku and Marcus as No 9s,” the United manager said on Friday. “Of course Marcus can play right and left but Marcus is a striker.

“So, Lukaku and Rashford, Alexis [Sanchez] can play as a striker, [Anthony] Martial can play as a striker.

“Without having a replica of Lukaku, we have three more players who can play as a No 9.”

Mourinho added: “If we don't have Lukaku for different reasons, we can change a system and play with a two.

“We can give more mobility to, for example, Marcus and Martial together, Marcus and Alexis together, so we are not going to go for another No 9.”

United are expected to strengthen in a number of positions once the transfer window re-opens, most likely left back, central defence and central midfield.

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