Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho last night reiterated his stance that his squad does not require reinforcements at centre-forward this summer, despite the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
With big-money summer signing Romelu Lukaku having struggled for consistency in patches, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract having been terminated after he failed to fully recover from an ACL injury, and Anthony Martial increasingly linked with an Old Trafford departure, rumours linking Manchester United with a high-profile striker addition this summer have been rife in the media over recent months.
The likes of Antoine Griezmann, Mauro Icardi, Edinson Cavani and more have been named as potential targets for the Red Devils, as Jose Mourinho aims to reestablish the Manchester giants amongst the elite of European football.
‘Not going for another nine’
However, while others may be of the opinion that the Red Devils are a man short at centre-forward, one individual who, crucially, isn’t of such an opinion, is United boss Jose Mourinho.
When questioned on the possibility of attacking reinforcements arriving at Old Trafford this summer during an interview last month, Portuguese tactician Mourinho revealed his opinion that the versatility of the attacking options currently at his disposal are more than enough to move forward with for the time being, with the former Chelsea boss having reiterated this point during his pre-Swansea press conference last night:
‘We have Lukaku and Marcus Rashford as number nines, and of course Marcus can play right and left, but Marcus is a striker.’
‘Alexis can play as a striker, [Anthony] Martial can play as a striker, so without having another Lukaku, we have three more players that can play as a nine.’
‘If we don’t have Lukaku for different reasons, we can change systems and play with two and give more mobility to, for example, Marcus and Martial together, Marcus and Alexis together, so we are not going to go for another number nine.’