This is a guest post by By Dino Marcou
When Manchester United splashed out an initial 75 million on Everton striker Romelu Lukaku back in July a few eyebrows were raised by people in and out of the game. There were questions asked, can he really do it in the big games for Manchester United? Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United and England full back Gary Neville stated shortly before his confirmed transfer “He went missing in too many matches I saw, but with a better team he has an improved chance to deliver in big matches.” However since starting the season he has been in scintillating form scoring 11 goals in 23 Premier League matches and also adding four goals to his name in six matches in the Champions league, most notably a brace away in Moscow after beating Russian side CSKA Moscow. He also scored a further two goals in the Emirates FA Cup against Derby County and Yeovil Town respectively. He has gone a long way to justifying his big money move from Everton and after the game Manchester United manager Mourinho stated “I have to admit that he’s scoring really important goals almost every game”, spurred on and driven on wanting to make a name for himself in the game at one of the biggest clubs in world football, Lukaku was surprisingly sold by Jose Mourinho during his first spell in charge at Chelsea, but since then Jose Mourinho has seen Romelu Lukaku cause damage to defences whilst at West Bromwich Albion and most recently at Everton. During his time at West Bromwich Albion, he scored an impressive 17 goals whilst on loan from Chelsea, a record which saw Everton sign the striker on loan in the 2013/2014 season where he scored 15 goals in 31 appearances and then another spell at Everton where he accumulated a total 53 goals in 110 appearances during his time on Merseyside.
It could have been a blessing in disguise that then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho sold Lukaku as he now possesses a great amount of premier league experience with plenty of much needed premier league minutes under his belt, and at the age of just 24, he has the world at his feet, and at a club the stature of Manchester United, and with the quality of the players around him will only improve his weaknesses such as his first touch, and his hold up play and overall game greater. Leaving Stamford Bridge at the time was needed for his overall development, he needed the confidence of playing regularly and this automatically made him a better player as he was and still is a player with bags of potential to give to the team he plays for and whoever manager he has worked for and will work with. It is not easy to go to a club as demanding as Manchester United and reach such high expectations but starting life at the club he is doing more than people expected and that is great for Manchester United who are looking to win their first premier league title since the days of legendary club manager Sir Alex Ferguson. When Zlatan Ibrahimović suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury back in Manchester United’s quarter final win over Anderlecht back in April, it was safe to say United just about made it over the line in his absence where a Europa league victory just about saving their topsy turvy turbulent injury hit campaign, there were many doubters and unhappy fans who were worried about the situation, and who was ready to replace Ibrahimović and have the correct mind-set to take the mantle of the club on just like the likes of Eric Cantona, who came in so magnificently went about his business so calm and collectively and left the place like a true legend, Lukaku is certainly at this present moment in time is doing more than enough to carry the scoring burden off the team. Midfield team mate Juan Mata recently stated that the race for the golden boot is spurring him on by the challenge, “it’s a lot of goals, especially when you come to a new environment. I knew he would score a lot but I didn’t know he would do it so quick, that’s true” said Mata. “He gives a lot to more to the team, too, but for a striker it’s important to score, especially when you see other strikers are scoring and I believe that is what he feels.” His team mates all recognise what extra he gives the team, and the way he is going you could not put it past him and the club itself to finally reignite and bring back the glory days to Manchester United, and finally awake the sleeping giant of England and Europe.