Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Marcus Rashford has the opportunity to replace Romelu Lukaku, but must score more goals.
After a summer of speculation, Lukaku left United for Inter Milan, ending a two-year spell at Old Trafford after initially being signed by Mourinho.
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- Manchester United sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan for £72m.
- The Belgian scored 42 goals in 96 games for United across all competitions.
- Marcus Rashford is among those expected to replace Lukaku.
- Rashford scored twice in Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.
- But Mourinho believes the Englishman needs to score more goals to help United.
In the Belgian’s absence, Anthony Martial and Rashford shared the attacking responsibilities in United’s opening Premier League game against Chelsea.
Rashford, 21, opened the scoring from the penalty spot and grabbed another after Anthony Martial had doubled the lead, with United running out 4-0 winners.
But despite the brace, Mourinho believes Rashford needs to score more goals if he is to replace Lukaku.
“He has to score more goals,” Mourinho told Sky Sports during their coverage of the clash.
“Especially without Lukaku in the team it will probably be these two [Rashford and Anthony Martial], plus Alexis [Sanchez] and Mason [Greenwood]. He will be on the pitch all the time and he has the qualities to be better and better and better.
“He has the ambition and work ethic, he wants to improve, he wants to work. This season he has a big opportunity to be a better player and score more goals.
“It depends on the way they play. Playing the way they played today against a Chelsea team that allowed them to play the way they like to play, he is very dangerous.
“Against teams with compact blocks, a lower block, that are more physical, I think it is a bit more difficult for them.”
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Mourinho: Teams need to respect this Man Utd
With Frank Lampard looking to kick off his managerial career at Chelsea with a bang, the Blues dominated the first half and were unfortunate to go in 1-0 down after Kurt Zouma conceded a penalty.
The second half then saw Chelsea fall apart, still looking to attack, but being opened up by quick counter attacks from United.
And Mourinho, who led Chelsea to three Premier League titles, believes more clubs need to respect Manchester United this season, something his former side failed to do.
“People have to respect them,” he added.
“This is not the Manchester United of ten, 15, 20 years ago but it is Manchester United. There are some very good players.
“You have to know the qualities you have and the weaknesses that you have, and you have to know the qualities and the weaknesses that the opposition have.
“For example, Chelsea today, they stuck to a plan where they were thinking more about their own identity and less about United’s identity and their strengths.
“When you have Marcus Rashford playing there on the left, you have to think about that because he can hurt you.”