Lukaku deal incisive by Jose and United:-
Romelu Lukaku will finally join a football club challenging for trophies. In general, it is good for both parties that the player is joining Manchester United. Jose Mourinho’s men really struggled for goals last season, scoring only 54 goals in 38 league games. It is way short of the standard required to challenge for titles and trophies.
We all knew beforehand that this summer can be pivotal for United as a club. Some good signings can take this club back to the standards it needs to be. Mourinho is a quality manager who just needs some good players to make a team unbeatable.
We can now say by signing a striker like Romelu Lukaku who has a proven Premier League record is a good business. The Belgian has scored 68 goals in 133 appearances between 2013 and 2017 for Everton. A good record for a player who was rejected at Chelsea under the same manager under whom he will play from next season.
United can challenge with goals:-
We all know United were good last season when it came to conceding fewer goals, giving away only 29 goals in 38 league games with 17 clean sheets. Mourinho is a kind of manager who thrives on building a team which can defend first and then score goals. His reactive style of football is best known when a goal-scoring striker is starting week in week out and scoring regularly.
Before going forward, let’s analyse Jose’s previous team which won the Premier League and the system he deployed that time.
We take a look at his Chelsea lineup of the 2014-15 season:-
As we can see from the above image, Chelsea lineup that won the 2015 Premier League. We know what Mourinho’s team is all about, strong spine and lethal forward line. A spine in football team consists of a strong defensive pair, a versatile midfielder and a clinical striker.
Chelsea had it all that season with Terry and Cahill unbeatable, Fabregas as one of the best central midfielders. His partner Matic being one of those midfielders who breaks everything of the opposition attack. In Costa, Jose had a striker he can rely upon for goals. Hazard and Willian supporting him with pace on wings were just the perfect foil.
Now, if we take United’s current squad and try to match with the Chelsea one, we can find few similarities when Lukaku is added. The Belgian is just the kind of striker United have been looking for. Since the departure of Van Persie and Rooney getting less effective, they lacked that lethal edge in front of goal.
We can see in the above image that United have all their bases covered to be a title challenging team. Signing Lindelof was another massive step in achieving the goals Mourinho has for the upcoming season. Herrera was terrific last season and if Pogba finds his magical touch, he can play that Fabregas role for Lukaku, who can play that Costa role of the 2014-15 season for his new manager.
Mourinho’s system at United:-
Jose Mourinho termed his first season as United boss to be the ‘toughest’ season of his career. For sure it was tough, with expectations so high from day one. He never had the players to challenge for the biggest honour. But, one thing he did well was to tighten the defensive side.
Building a title-winning team has to have a strong defence, United already have that now. The only missing link was a striker who can score goals and also important goals. With Lukaku in, Jose can embark to his tried and tested system of “reactive play.”
The Portuguese has Martial/Lingard/Rashford as wing options who can defend when required and use their pace to trouble the opposition on the counter. Mkhitaryan as No.10 might find his best tough for the Red Devils. Midfield still looks a bit light but if Pogba can raise his game, there is no one who can replace him.
Under Sir Alex, United played a 4-4-2 formation with pacy wingers and two strikers. A strong midfielder like Scholes with Carrick to boss the middle. Mourinho’s system might be a bit different with different players but this team can challenge for the title if they play to the potential which is expected.
It is crazy as to how a team dynamic changes if one or two missing links are rectified. United just bought a goal-scoring striker and a solid defender and they are ready to be right up there. For sure, Mourinho does well in his second seasons but having this squad will surely back themselves to do well.