United have invested heavily on the signings of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof in the transfer window, while champions Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal have also spent large sums. Eric Bailly, bought a year ago for £30m, and Antonio Valencia, are the only two defenders who look assured of a starting spot.
And Mourinho, speaking at a press conference ahead of Sunday's clash with West Ham United, confirmed that the 35-year-old will be a Man United player once he returns from injury in January.
"Lukaku is good friends with Paul Pogba and if they replicate that relationship on the pitch, they can be magnificent".
"They are very different". A lack of Thursday night Europa League football should help their Premier League form. "There is a lot of games, it's a long season but I expect us to do well".
"If I was a Premier League manager and had to choose between Lukaku, [Alvaro] Morata and [Alexandre] Lacazette, I would choose Lukaku, always".
Zinedine Zidane's men claimed UEFA Super Cup glory in Skopje thanks to goals from Casemiro and Isco, with Lukaku netting just after the hour to reduce the deficit.More news: Beutel Goodman & Co LTD Has Boosted Stake in Cenovus Energy (CVE)
Star man: Romelu Lukaku - Still only 24-years-old, the Belgian worldwide already has 85 Premier League goals to his name from his spells at West Brom and Everton.
AC Milan and LA Galaxy are among the clubs reportedly interested in signing the veteran Swede, but Mourinho is keen to add the striker to his forward options when he is fit again, although there is no rush to confirm a deal. Since joining the Premier League, the Belgian has had four seasons of 15-plus goals, and a year ago he was on the scoresheet for a whopping 25 times.
"We had three players as you know, one defender, one midfielder and one attacking player but for this beginning of the season we lost important players too, we lost [Marcos] Rojo, [Ashley] Young, [Luke] Shaw, Zlatan, we lost players for injuries so I think between the players we lost and we got we are in a similar situation", he said.
Top Goalscorer Odds: Romelu Lukaku ¼.
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