Romelu Lukaku knew Zlatan Ibrahimovic would return to Man United

Ibrahimovic return

Romelu Lukaku does not fear competition. He welcomes it. He embraces it. That’s what the Manchester United forward told reporters after hitting a hat-trick in Belgium’s 9-0 win over Gibraltar in World Cup qualifying.

When Lukaku joined United, it appeared as though he was being recruited as a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, the Swedish forward rejoined the Red Devils late in the transfer window. Lukaku wasn’t fazed.

Having taken Ibrahimovic’s number 9 shirt, the veteran forward will take number 10 vacated by Wayne Rooney.

Lukaku was quoted by the Mirror saying: “I said to Zlatan that I hoped he would be back at Man United. We need his personality. And I knew for a while he would sign a new contract. We know there are big rivals for the title – City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham. But things are going ­really well for me at United.”

The dynamic duo?

Could Lukaku and Ibrahimovic play together? It’s a terrifying prospect for defenders.

With three goals in his opening three Premier League games for United, Lukaku is off to a terrific start. Ibrahimovic was one of the players of last season, hitting 28 goals in all competitions after arriving on a free transfer.