Do Manchester United still need Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

Man Utd veteran Ibrahimovic puts coaching plans on hold

Lukaku also insists he can handle the pressure of being United's number nine under Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho said in his news conference at Carrington on Friday that only Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Michael Carrick will have decisions to make at the end of the season when both will be out of contract.

Lukaku, who wore No. 10 for Everton, indirectly freed up the number at United, as Wayne Rooney, the previous wearer of the shirt at the club, moved back to Everton right as Lukaku switched clubs in the opposite direction.

"You know the expectations are really high".

"The two players are in this situation are Zlatan and Carrick - two players that at the end of the season who are going to sit and to analyse what they did and what they want to do". When you get another chance like that, you don't say no. The fact that now we play every three days, in relation to that, I think is good because the players will feel now that they are all involved.

OR defense gets late stop on interception in win over Nebraska
The Ducks will travel to War Memorial Stadium and play Wyoming next week in their first road game of the Willie Taggart era. Nebraska was unable to slow OR down in the first half, but halftime adjustments gave the Huskers a chance at the end.

And while Lukaku will continue as the Red Devils' undisputed No.1 striker in the Swede's absence it may be a different story when he returns to fitness.

The strength of United's squad will get its first thorough tests in September with the club's return to the Champions League and a League Cup third round tie against Burton Albion waiting for them in the coming weeks. "You relish competition. As long as it can make you better and makes you win you relish the challenge at the time". It's good to have another guy in the team that's hungry to win trophies, that's what we want at Manchester United.

"With his personality, his character and also his attributes as a football player he can bring us a lot and we will try to help him".

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent.

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