Mourinho looking for goals

12 August 2017 10:34:20 EST
Romelu Lukaku will be United's main striker this season.

Jose Mourinho has said more players will need to score goals if Manchester United are to challenge for the Premier League title this season.

Last season United won the Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield, but Mourinho is aware that his side relied too much on the goals of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

With the future of Ibrahimovic uncertain, Romelu Lukaku will be the main frontman this campaign, but Mourinho has urged other players to contribute to the scoring tally.

He said: "In my other clubs what I had was more players scoring goals. Midfield players scoring goals, wingers scoring goals, central defenders good in the air scoring goals at set-pieces.

"We always had that so my teams always had the goalscorer, we always had the guy that scores more goals, but then we had the winger that scored 15 goals, we had the midfield player who scored 10 goals, we had the central defender that scored five goals.

"And last season that didn't happen much - we were focused on the goals that our striker was scoring and when he was not scoring, the team was a little bit in trouble to win matches."

Former Swedish international Ibrahimovic was released by United in the summer and has been recovering from knee surgery, with December being the likely time for him to be back to full fitness.

Mourinho has admitted that United are considering re-signing him for the second half of the season, but until then, scoring goals could be an issue.

United open their Premier League campaign against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon. They are 3/10 to win at Old Trafford, with the Hammers 11/1 and the draw 19/4.

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