Chichar­ito was in­spi­ra­tion

Manchester Evening News - - UNITED SPECIAL - By JAMES ROB­SON

ROMELU Lukaku stud­ied Javier Her­nan­dez in a bid to turn him­self into a world-class striker.

The United for­ward has re­vealed Chichar­ito was one of three play­ers past and present he was told to em­u­late be­fore mak­ing his move to Old Traf­ford.

Lukaku com­pleted a £75m move from Ever­ton in the sum­mer as Jose Mour­inho looked for a long-term re­place­ment for Zlatan Ibrahi­movic.

And the 24-year-old says for­mer Good­i­son man­ager and cur­rent Bel­gium coach Roberto Martinez iden­ti­fied the three strik­ers Lukaku needed to study to take his game to the next level.

“I’ve im­proved my move­ment, es­pe­cially in the box,” he told DH. “Two years ago, at Ever­ton, Roberto Martinez made me watch videos of my own move­ment, but also those of other strik­ers like Hugo Sanchez, Edin­son Ca­vani and Chichar­ito.

“You need to sit down and watch the Uruguayan’s move­ment inside the box. It’s in­cred­i­ble. On top of that, I worked three times a week on my runs inside the box with my coaches.”

Lukaku made a stun­ning start to life at United with 11 goals in his first 10 games. But he has failed to score in each of his last seven games as Jose Mour­inho’s side have slipped to eight points be­hind Pre­mier League lead­ers Manch­ester City.

Lukaku has found his scor­ing form again dur­ing this in­ter­na­tional break - be­com­ing Bel­gium’s joint all-time lead­ing marks­man with 30 goals af­ter hit­ting two in his coun­try’s 3-3 draw with Mex­ico on Fri­day.

He hopes both he and United will re­turn to form when the Pre­mier League re­sumes against New­cas­tle on Satur­day.

“Lately, we haven’t per­formed like we did at the start of the sea­son,” he told “We started by blow­ing teams away, be­ing dom­i­nant and cre­at­ing chances. But, in the last few weeks, we didn’t play at the same level and that made it more dif­fi­cult for me.

“That’s the sort of thing you have to go through in the sea­son, but now there are play­ers com­ing back from in­jury and hope­fully we can de­liver per­for­mances even bet­ter than at the start of the sea­son. We can cre­ate more chances and goals.”

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