Belgian international Romelu Lukaku has insisted that he does fear the competition from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who rejoined Manchester United on a one-year deal last month.
The 24-year-old has been in top form for club and country since the start of the season, and he is looking forward to working alongside the Swede in the latter half of the campaign.
Lukaku notched the vital winner during Belgium’s 2-1 triumph over Greece in a World Cup qualifier last night, and this assured his nation of a berth in next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Speaking after the game, Lukaku admitted that the club need the presence of the former Sweden international and has welcomed the competition brought forward by the 35-year-old marksman.
“I said to Zlatan I hoped he would be back. We need his personality,” he told reporters h/t the club’s official website. “He will bring many qualities to the team, and help us in our goal of winning the title. I don’t fear the competition as a striker, or Zlatan.”
Lukaku has made a fine start to his United career with four goals in his opening four games, and this form has continued into the international stage with four goals in two outings for Belgian, including an impressive hat-trick in the 9-0 thumping of Gibraltar last week.
Jose Mourinho had earlier cited that Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not return to first-team action until the New Year – owing to his knee problem, but United have today made the surprise decision to add him to their squad for the Champions League group stage.