Jose Mourinho has revealed his plan to form a new-look Manchester United strikeforce – by pairing Romelu Lukaku with Marcus Rashford.
The United boss got his first look at Lukaku during the Red Devils’ first pre-season friendly of the summer, a 5-2 stroll against LA Galaxy on Saturday night.
Lukaku came off the bench in the second half and Mourinho was pleased with what he saw from his £75million addition.
“He didn’t score goals but he played better than the ones who [did] score goals,” Mourinho told ESPN.
“Target man, hold the ball well, good movement, not selfish, team player, very strong holding the ball and not losing, fast on the counter attack – so happy.”
However, while Lukaku pleased his new manager, it was Marcus Rashford who stole the show in LA.
The England star bagged a brace in the win and after the match, Mourinho revealed that he is already planning how he can make a Lukaku-Rashford partnership work.
“Today Rashford was in a different team than Lukaku,” said Mourinho, “but we will also try both in the same team which I think can also work.
“Last season in this period everyone was saying with me it would be difficult for Marcus to play but he was one of the top with appearances of the team.
“He played a lot in different positions which is good for his evolution and played the Europa League important matches.
“He’s learning a lot, a great professional, great attitude. Last season in a period he was not scoring goals and missing a lot of chances which was not a drama because that’s part of the evolution.
“We know he is going to score more goals than last season.”