Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back and while he only did a cameo during their win over Newcastle, most are asking if Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku could play together.
Most know that Ibrahimovic’s ego is really big and he can really positively affect those around him. With Lukaku’s drought finally ended as he gave the final goal in the 4-1 win, this could give the Belgian confidence to hold his own against Ibrahimovic’s personality.
Former Liverpool and England defender Carragher said: “Lukaku’s goal could be the most important in that 4-1 victory, because, if we are talking about Zlatan and the effect he is going to have on Manchester United – and it is brilliant for United to have a player of that quality – but when he comes on, it’s hilarious, he tells Lukaku to get on the right wing and Lukaku does it. Zlatan is not going to do that job, and Lukaku doesn’t want to do that either.
“The goal, the confidence it will give Lukaku having not scored in a while, and the big man’s back calling himself a lion. I don’t know if he (Zlatan) will have too much mentally and if it will effect Lukaku.
“You can imagine Zlatan in training, telling Lukaku to get on the right wing. Sooner or later, Lukaku is going to have to tell him, no you get on the right wing, I’m the £90m centre-forward. I don’t think they can play together.”
Ex-Premier League striker Craig Bellamy also thinks the same as Carragher and suggests that United should delicately balance how to keep their strikers happy.
“The concern with Zlatan is that he always has been the main man wherever he has been. I imagine Lukaku really looks up to him.
“The energy Zlatan creates, it will be all about him, he’s always known it that way. You can talk about the team, but forwards have to be different, you have to be that little bit selfish in what you do for the team, it needs to be about you because that is where you get your confidence, you win games.
“Lukaku can’t play anywhere else apart from up front. There are going to be a lot of games, they are both going to get a lot of game time, the problem is when the big games arrive, later stages of Champions League, who is going to play in those”.