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Man United's Mourinho fears worldwide break could halt momentum

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Eric Bailly

Lukaku has made an impressive start to life at United, scoring 10 goals in nine games in all competitions since arriving from Everton.

Jose Mourinho has launched a thinly-veiled dig at Romelu Lukaku's critics, insisting the Manchester United striker is more than just a goalscorer.

It's easily forgotten just how bad United were away in Europe only one year ago, losing their opening two Europa League matches in Rotterdam and Feyenoord on a wretched win-less run in Europe. Let's take a look at three reasons why Manchester United should be considered among the favorites to win it all.

Atkinson is a fan of Mkhitaryan and believes he provides a creative spark to Manchester United's team that make them look much sleeker on the ball moving forward.

The midfielder struggled at times during his debut season at Old Trafford.

"Before results away from home in the Champions League were not the best", he said.

United moved quickly to get Lukaku on board this summer, and from that point on prices escalated, triggered by Neymar's world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

"But they are back competing and you expect them to be in the latter stages of the Champions League and winning the Premier League".

"The one thing I felt at the start of the season was that if Rashford and Martial could start the season with a bit of confidence and improve from a year ago but score more goals, United have a real chance of winning the title and they can be there and thereabouts".

"Without Zlatan, we can not rotate the striker, especially because Marcus Rashford is playing also in other positions", he said.

"It is a great achievement", Mourinho said of Lukaku's goal return, "but it is only possible with a good team".

Ibrahimović was let go by United last season, after ending a superb first season with the club by suffering a horror knee injury towards the end of the campaign.

The addition of Lukaku and the reemergence of Henrikh Mkhitaryan should provide Manchester United with a major boost offensively, but is the team strong enough on defense to win the league title? Over the last few years, you are thinking they might win a League Cup and the lesser trophies.

That's the verdict of former Ajax and Holland manager Danny Blind, who's son Daley, plays for the Red Devils.

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