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07 July 2017

Romelu Lukaku is just the type of player Jose Mourinho needs at Manchester United, says Danny Higginbotham

ROMELU LUKAKU will be a brilliant signing for Manchester United if the deal goes through.

He is exactly the sort of striker Jose Mourinho likes: big, strong, good in the air and quick.

Frontman Romelu Lukaku is ideally suited to the way Jose Mourinho likes bis sides to play
Frontman Romelu Lukaku is ideally suited to the way Jose Mourinho likes bis sides to play
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan should find more space if Romelu Lukaku arrives at Man Utd
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He was at his most unplayable last season for Everton when he played on the shoulder of the last defender.

Playing that way pushes the opposition defence deeper because they are worried about the ball over the top or the through ball putting Lukaku one-on-one with the keeper.

When defences drop deeper they go narrower, too, so this will create opportunities for United to get crosses into the box, which Lukaku will feed off.

His on-the-shoulder style also opens up space in between the opposition midfield and defence, which will give players such as Paul Pogba or Henrik Mkhitaryan more time on the ball to do their thing and dictate play.

I feel Lukaku would suit United much more than Chelsea, who are also keen on him.

If he returns to Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte would have to change the team’s style.

Jose Mourinho appears to have found the perfect striker to help his playmakers flourish
Jose Mourinho appears to have found a perfect striker to help his playmakers
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Diego Costa dropped deep last season allowing runners such as Pedro and Eden Hazard to go in behind. Lukaku doesn’t do that so Chelsea would have to alter their thinking.

Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata is more of a like-for-like replacement for Costa and would suit Chelsea’s style much more than Lukaku.

Antonio Conte appears to have lost the battle to sign Everton ace Romelu Lukaku
Antonio Conte appears to have lost the battle to sign Everton ace Romelu Lukaku
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Manchester United star Paul Pogba wears a bandana as he dances in LA with Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku likes to play on the shoulders of defenders - which would suit Man Utd
Romelu Lukaku likes to play on the shoulders of defenders – which would suit Utd
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