Man Utd Star: This Manchester United player will be the key to stop rivals

Belgium international Romelu Lukaku feels Manchester United have a good chance of catching up on Manchester City once Zlatan Ibrahimovic returns to full fitness. The Swede is currently on individual training following his recovery from a serious knee injury sustained in April.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the 24-year-old is prepared to face additional competition from Ibrahimovic, who is likely to make his first-team comeback before the turn of the year.

The veteran was hugely influential for United with 28 goals in his maiden season, and Lukaku believes the Swede could help United close the gap to Manchester City in the latter stages of the campaign.

He said: “It motivates me really, because he’s another good player to add to the squad. When you face a team like us it’s difficult for opponents. Ibrahimovic coming back will help us chase Manchester City.”

Meanwhile, on a personal level, Lukaku ended his seven-match goalless streak after he notched a brace in the 3-3 draw versus Mexico in an international friendly last week.

The Belgian has come under criticism for his poor league form of late, but he has the opportunity to end his lean run for his club when they host Newcastle United in the Premier League on November 18.

Lukaku has netted 11 goals in 17 matches for Manchester United this term.

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