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Mourinho hails Lukaku’s development into a ‘top striker’

Mourinho hails Lukaku’s development into a ‘top striker’

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Mourinho hails Lukaku’s development into a ‘top striker’


The big-money arrival from Everton scored his first goal in the 2-1 win against Real Salt Lake.

Jose Mourinho loves everything Romelu Lukaku is bringing to Manchester United.

The US tour kicked off last week with the 24-year-old completing his big-money move from Everton as United swept in under the nose of former club Chelsea.

Lukaku swapped Stamford Bridge for Goodison Park in 2014 after Mourinho sanctioned the sale of the highly-talented, if raw, Belgium international.

Three years on the pair are reunited at United and the Portuguese loves the way Lukaku has kicked on, with the striker’s overall performance in the 2-1 friendly win at Real Salt Lake meaning more to his manager than his first goal for the club.

“I think it’s just nice for him, but not important for me,” Mourinho said.

“When he came for the water before he scored the goal, I told him ‘I love everything you do on the pitch, don’t be worried about scoring or not scoring because it is not important’.

“He holds the ball the so well, he plays one touch, two touch so well. He moves, he gets behind people, he attacks crosses, he works when the team loses the ball, he presses well.

“I like everything he does.

“For me, it’s easy to feel it because he was my player four years ago or something like that and his evolution was great.

“He’s now a top striker and the goal is just a detail. Not important.”

Lukaku and fellow new boy Victor Lindelof both got another 45 minutes at Rio Tinto Stadium, where Henrikh Mkhitaryan cancelled out Luis Silva’s opener for RSL on a night that saw Antonio Valencia sent off after Juan Mata sustained an ankle injury.

The Spaniard, who is likely to be out for a week, had only just come on as Mourinho named entirely different line-up for the second half, just as he did in Saturday’s 5-2 win at the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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