Manchester United fans delighted to see Romelu Lukaku score his first goal for the club as Mourinho’s side overcame Real Salt Lake 2-1 in a fiery friendly in Utah.
Lukaku , 24 , cost Manchester United a whopping £75million this summer from Everton, says he’s settling in well with his new club and that he expects the goals and the victories to keep on coming. The Belgian international striker, got the winner seven minutes before half-time to add to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s equaliser after United had fallen behind on 20 minutes.
Albeit Manchester United were made to work far harder than in the 5-2 romp against LA Galaxy 48 hours earlier. The Red Devils were sluggish to emerge from the blocks and after a stunning last-gasp challenge from Jesse Lingard prevented Real South Lake breaking the deadlock, the hosts went ahead moments later when Luis Silva took advantage of some slack defending from Phil Jones.
‘Obviously, I’m here to score goals and be a focal point for the team,’ Lukaku told MUTV. ‘I know a lot of the lads, a lot of them are neighbours so I didn’t take time to settle in. I have been waiting for this opportunity, now I am here and it is time to work hard.’
In his post match comments, Jose Mourinho said”Lukaku’s goal is nice for him but not important for me,” The Old Trafford boss further said “I told him I love what he does. He assists, he moves. He holds the ball well. I like everything he does.”Lukaku’s first United goal made it two-out-of-two against Major League Soccer outfits for Jose Mourinho’s side.
The former Everton front man will be seen as a key signing for a United side who struggled to break teams down last season. The club only finishing 6th in the Premier League and drawing 15 games in total. Jose Mourinho’s side also had the worst attacking record in the top seven, and lost their top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic when his contract expired at the end of June.