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Romelu Lukaku earned the respect of Manchester United’s boss Jose Mourinho after he scored a superb double against West Ham.
Mourinho however said that there was no pressure to score goals on the Man U’s record signing. Lukaku who was recently signed by United from Everton for £75million scored a goal in each half in his debut. His goals paid off as Man U thumped the Hammers 4-0 in their Premier League opener.
Despite his superb performance, Mourinho will not simply base the player’s performance on goals.
In an interview, Mourinho said that Lukaku played well and that he worked hard. He also said that the new signing was liked by his teammates just as he liked the team. He added, “Any striker can play phenomenally hard but if he doesn’t score goals the pressure is on them, so good for him, good for Wayne Rooney, (Alexandre) Lacazette, Morata – good for all the strikers arriving in new clubs and scoring in the first days. It is always oxygen, happiness and confidence for them.
“But Romelu knows me well. He knows sometimes strikers can play very well for the team without scoring goals. He knows from me there is no pressure at all. But today he was good, very effective.”
The Belgian star himself savored the moment.
Lukaku said that it is a dream come true playing in front of a huge crowd and for a great club like Manchester United. He further said that the most important thing is to win games, and that the win was good.
Lukaku’s opening goal in the 33th minute paved the way for United’s convincing win. His second goal came with a massive header early in the second half. Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba added a goal each to widen the lead.
And while Lukaku was hogging the limelight, Nemanja Matic was also instrumental in their victory. The former Chelsea midfielder was outstanding throughout. He tackled hard with great power yet with notable control. He did not only break up the play but also launched several attacks, all with passing of striking range, accuracy and with intent. His agility and quick feet proved that he can beat midfielders with relative ease.
The new signing’s performance also got Mourinho’s praise citing that his new signing is the perfect player for United.
“I brought him to Stamford Bridge because I thought he was a player with special qualities and since I left I always thought he could be a perfect player for us.
“I never thought it was possible unless something special was happening and it looks like something special was happening because his agent told me, ‘You can have him, you just have to pay’.
“We have him and we are very happy because (he) is a player this team needs.”
United’s performance was brimming with confidence and lent some justification to the pre-season optimism around the club,” Mourinho said.
The United tactician also said that Manchester United’s fans now have reasons to look forward to, but stressed that despite his experience in the EPL his feet are always on the ground.