Luke Shaw (ankle) and Ashley Young (hamstring) are both closing in on full fitness after playing for an hour in United's U23 clash with Swansea on Monday, while Marcos Rojo returned to training on Tuesday after several months out with a serious knee problem. It had threatened to be a frustrating afternoon for United, who dominated throughout but found clear-cut chances hard to come by. "I just realise, like many other people, when he retires, you realise how many matches he played, how many goals he scored, what he represents for the football in this country and many congratulations for his career with the Three Lions". Having already scored three goals in two games this season, the Belgian worldwide is already topping the charts for the leading goal-scorers in the Premier League.
And Ibrahimovic believes that, despite losing club captain Wayne Rooney this summer, United's attacking corps is far stronger thanks to the development of Marcus Rashford and the arrival of Lukaku. "Of course we needed to do a bit better with the ball at times but I thought for large chunks of the game we did".
"We scored from a corner that I didn't even see because I was speaking with Lingard", the United boss said.
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He indicated Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho will have to move players out before adding any more new recruits. If I had to find the words to describe my team I would say solid.
Manchester United Team to play Leicester City: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Jones, Blind, Pogba, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Lukaku.
"But I am happy if I am not going to have that and I don't think I am going to have that".
"And obviously you have Arsenal, Manchester City".
But he missed training on Thursday with an injury that could force him out of the United game and England's meetings with Malta and Slovakia.
Now Mourinho, who has led his team to two 4-0 wins so far this season, looks set to battle on with the players at his disposal. "I am nobody to tell him agree, not agree, to do it or not do it, just listened to his reasons and I understand his reasons".
"He's very level-headed. It's something that's come along fairly quickly".
"It can be an organisation thing but we've worked on it and sometimes teams will naturally put five attackers in the box".
"It's vitally important you bring the right characters in".