What Does Lukaku Joining ManU Mean?

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(Last Updated On: July 26, 2017)

Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, Dwight Yorke, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney… Manchester United has over the years had a host of very superb forwards and now there’s Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian’s entrance into the Red Devils that came with a move away for Wayne Rooney signaled the start of a new era for the team.

Lukaku is not new to Premier League fans the world over and we can all be certain that he’s going to be a special thing at united. His ability isn’t in question: he was the Premier League’s second-highest scorer last season behind Harry Kane, with 25 goals, while his hitting double figures in five consecutive seasons between the ages of 18 and 24 really is some achievement. He was the highest scorer of left-footed goals last season, with 12, but also hit seven with his right, which was more than plenty of right-footed players, including Christian Benteke, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Roberto Firmino. He also ranked third for headed goals, with six.

But what Lukaku brings into the team might mean a change in the tactics Mourinho will prefer to use in the upcoming season. In order to fit in the pace and strength that he offers to the team as well as foster a lethal partnership with Pogba the 3-5-2 formation looks most feasible with Rashford or Martial joining him upfront. But what does this mean for the likes of Mkhitaryan and does this mean that the more favored 4-3-3 formation won’t work well enough?

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