What Ibrahimovic’s Return Means For Me – Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku has insisted he is not afraid of competing with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United.

The 24-year-old striker continued his blistering start to the new season on Thursday, with a hat-trick for Belgium in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar.

But Lukaku, with three Premier League goals already, will see Ibrahimovic back at Old Trafford later this season after his serious knee injury.

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Ibrahimovic was the main man for the Red Devils last season, scoring 28 goals as they won three trophies and returned to the Champions League, but Lukaku said: “I don’t fear the competition as a striker — or Zlatan.

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“He will bring many qualities to the team, and help us in our goal of winning the title.

“I said to Zlatan that I hoped he would be back at Man United. We need his personality. And I knew for a while he would sign a new contract.

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“We know there are big rivals for the title – City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham. But things are going really well for me at United.

“The pre-season was good and it helped knowing a lot of the players before arriving.”

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