Lukaku opens ac­count for Man United

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Salt Lake City, US - Romelu Lukaku bagged his first goal in a Manch­ester United shirt on Mon­day as the ten-man Premier League gi­ants laboured to a 2-1 vic­tory over Real Salt Lake in Utah.

Lukaku, who joined the Red Devils from Ever­ton in a re­ported US$98.2mn trans­fer last week, fired United ahead on 38 min­utes, latch­ing on to a low cross from Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan.

The 24 year old Bel­gian in­ter­na­tional striker had also been in­volved in United's equaliser scored by Mkhi­taryan in the 29th minute af­ter Luis Silva had given Salt Lake a shock early lead.

Lukaku used his strength and phys­i­cal pres­ence to hold off the Real de­fence to feed Jesse Lin­gard, who pro­vided the pass for Mkhi­taryan to score.

United man­ager Jose Mour­inho was pleased with Lukaku's dis­play, say­ing the former Chelsea player was now a "top striker."

"It's just nice for him, not im­por­tant for me," Mour­inho said of Lukaku's first United goal.

"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. He gets be­hind peo­ple, works and presses well. Like ev­ery­thing he does.

"It's easy to feel it be­cause he was my player four years ago his evo­lu­tion has been great. He's now a top striker. The goal is just a de­tail, not im­por­tant."

United will face Manch­ester City in Hous­ton on Thurs­day in the third game of their US tour.

(AFP)

Romelo Lukaku (cen­tre) cel­e­brates a goal with his team­mates against Real Salt Lake in Utah, US, on Mon­day

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