Gary Pallister enthusiastic about Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford’s partnership next season

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister has expressed his enthusiasm at the prospect of seeing Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford partner up at Old Trafford next season.

Lukaku became Man United’s biggest signing of the transfer window so far earlier this month after completing a £75m deal to join Jose Mourinho from Everton.

And the Belgian has claimed two goals so far during pre-season, the most notable being a wonderfully taken strike against Manchester City, while Marcus Rashford has claimed three.

Pallister was quick to note that the pair, when pitted together in the right way, could inflict some serious damage going forward next season.

“Marcus is only going to get stronger and better,” he said.

“He’s been on a quick learning curve and found himself in international football and a marked man in the Premier League.

“But he’s very grounded and won’t get ahead of himself and the pace of the two of them will give defenders and awful lot to think about.

“There is a suggestion that Jose might play the two up front and that’s something the fans at Old Trafford would love to see because them two would really be a handful.”

With Lukaku at the masthead of attack, Mourinho will need to adopt a more direct approach than what we saw last season with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

This does not mean an endless array of long balls; it means bringing the likes of Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Rashford closer to the 24-year-old.

And this, of course, starts with the £89m Frenchman. Consigning him to a two man midfield pivot while Lukaku ends up having to drop deep will be anathema to United on a tactical level.

He needs an avenue through which to bring the ball forward and make full use of the combined power and pace offered by such a promising attacking duo.

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