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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Jose Mourinho May Have Signed The Perfect Striker To Rival Lukaku, After Agreeing Move

If Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku can replicate their off-pitch relationship on it, Jose Mourinho may finally have his dream strike-force to bring back memories of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole in their heyday.


The Manchester United manager moved for Sanchez in January in the belief his energy and guile would perfectly compliment Lukaku’s power. But the Chilean has taken time to settle at Old Trafford - and has so far looked a shadow of the player who was so effective for Arsenal.

Mourinho hopes a first full summer off in five years will see the 29-year-old return refreshed - but the balance of United’s attack remains an issue.

Mourinho still needs to find a solution to his problem right wing position and wants like-for-like cover for Lukaku. But the partnership between Sanchez and the Belgian is seen as key to United’s chances of wresting the Premier League title from Manchester City.

A burgeoning off-field friendship is a positive sign after just six months together at Old Trafford and brings back memories of one of United's greatest double acts.

Sir Alex Ferguson reaped the rewards of the relationship between Yorke and Cole, who created such a devastating partnership in the 1999 Treble-winning season.

And Sanchez has revealed a similar connection with Lukaku.

“We’re very close friends, we always talk and go out for dinner in England,” he told FOX. “We have a great friendship.
“We get on very well, we go everywhere together.
“We talk about the team a lot to be able to improve it.”

It is easy to see why Mourinho thought Sanchez would be such an ideal partner for Lukaku.
At his best at Arsenal, his movement and tireless effort dragged opposition defenders all over the pitch.

Combined with Lukaku’s hold-up play - which was arguably best demonstrated in United’s 2-1 win against Liverpool in March - Sanchez’ ability to attack the space behind could make them a ruthless duo.

On that day it was Marcus Rashford who benefited from Lukaku’s bullying of Liverpool’s defense - but notably from the left, which has been largely occupied by Sanchez since his arrival.

Too often the former Barcelona forward has been forced to drop deep to try to get the ball - leaving United with little in the way of a presence on the left wing.

Getting him further up the pitch and closer to Lukaku is Mourinho's objective next season.
The forward has never looked more frustrated in a United shirt than during the FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea in May.

“I think that in every game I’ve played in I’ve maybe found it hard to adapt to the style of play and I’ve been getting to know my team-mates,” he said afterward.

Those comments only serve to justify Mourinho’s reluctance to buy in the January window when there is a little time to integrate new signings.

Lukaku arrived just in time for United’s summer tour to America last year - and hit the ground running after a full pre-season with his new teammates.

Chile’s failure to qualify for Russia means Sanchez will be available to Mourinho from the start of United’s tour this summer, which it’s hoped will have a similar effect.

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