Jose Mourinho not expecting goals record for Romelu Lukaku
Sep 17 2017
Rooney and Lukaku will come face-to-face for the first time this weekend since the duo swapped places at Everton and United respectively when the Toffees travel to Old Trafford.
And the club believe that the 24-year-old's decision to train privately with a personal trainer, something which United's backroom staff advised against, made him more vulnerable to picking up muscle injuries.
"The number of goals, the number of trophies, clearly he is one of the most important players in the history of Manchester United".
The 31-year-old spent more than a decade at United, winning five Premier League titles and the Champions league, as well as breaking the club's all-time goals record.
Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini will all be vying for a starting spot against the Toffees and the latter, who is a Belgium global who used to play for the Merseysiders, may have the edge after scoring against Basel.
Lukaku has hit the ground running since his £90m switch from Goodison Park this summer, scoring six goals in as many appearances for United to help them set the early-season pace in the Premier League.
"But is not training in a normal session, just parts of it, so he probably has a couple of months".
"So it's not just the striker".
"When a team doesn't create a lot, when a team doesn't have the ball, when a team is just reactive, it is more hard for these players (in attacking positions)".
He added: "I don't know why people speak of the second season because I won in the first season and I won in the third season". I hope that we know how we have to defend against him. "We couldn't be happier".
We think United will win this game comfortably, but we don't expect to see a lot of goals.
Mourinho refused to enter into any debate as to how Lukaku and Ibrahimovic compare.
"I thought about it all throughout the summer and a bit longer".
"I'm not going to analyse in that perspective", he said. When players are similar, you can compare.
However, their neighboring rivals, Manchester City, have the same amount of points now, with the goal difference being the only thing separating the Mancunian clubs. "I am not going to do that".