Romelu Lukaku reacts after scoring against Real Salt Lake City

by Leo Nieboer

Romelu Lukaku has expressed his delight after claiming his first goal in a Manchester United shirt during his side’s 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake City.

The Belgian, who completed a £75m move to Old Trafford last week, was given a chance to lead the line from the start in Utah.

And he didn’t disappoint, latching onto Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s pass before rounding the keeper and rifling home what turned out to be Man United’s winner.

Speaking after the game, Lukaku made it clear that he was here to score goals.

“I am here to score goals but we play to win and that is my mentality when I get on the pitch,” he said.

“We did well and we need to keep improving because now we are playing better opponents and we need to improve. This is what the manager wants, to play attractive football. Hopefully we will be prepared and ready to do the job.

“I know a lot of the lads, a lot of them are neighbours so I didn’t take time to settle in. I have been waiting for this opportunity, now I am here and it is time to work hard.”

This was vintage Lukaku. The Belgian hadn’t received even the slightest sight of goal but it didn’t seem to matter.

Fewer things are more natural to the striker than making a mockery of goalkeepers, and he duly left the Salt Lake keeper flat-footed before lashing the ball home in a way that only the 24-year-old could – with a tantalising combination of intimidating confidence and utter coolness.

His attitude is deeply encouraging: United desperately needed a proven Premier League talent dedicated to nothing but scoring goals, and they have that in abundance with Lukaku at the masthead of attack.

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