Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out bringing back Zlatan Ibrahimovich to boost his ailing strike force, while insisting that Romelu Lukaku would come good.
Lukaku laboured again during the defeat by Juventus in midweek yet United will be forced to start with him again against his old club Everton on Sunday.
But when asked if he might attempt to bring back Ibrahimovich, Mourinho shook his head and said ‘No.’
Ibrahimovic, who is with LA Galaxy, seemed to raise the prospect of a move when he appeared on the James Corden Show in the United States and suggested that the Premier League might remain a prospect for him even at the age of 37.
Mourinho today admitted that Lukaku was struggling but said he believed going into every game that the Belgian would turn the corner
The manager said: ‘I always feel, I always feel that every game [that he will come good.] One day will be and one day he will score and one day his confidence levels will be back to normal, which clearly they are not there but I always feel that.’
Asked if he had considered dropping Lukaku to the bench against Juventus in midweek, Mourinho said there were no alternatives for the central attacking berth.
He said: ‘I don’t think [Michael] Carrick can play as a striker, so against Juventus we wither play with the players that we did or we decide to give a rest to Lukaku [and force ourselves to replace him with play] Rashford, who plays as a winger? We are not in the best moment to try to think about resting players or try to find solutions, the solutions is to find the players we have.’