Romelu Lukaku insists the reason he joined Manchester United is because Jose Mourinho will push him to become a better player.
He scored his first Man United goal following his £75 million move from Everton in a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Monday and the Portuguese boss revealed he told the Belgian just before his goal to focus on his game and not worry about bagging goals as he has more to offer.
Lukaku worked with Mourinho before during a brief spell together at Chelsea at the start of the 2013-14 season and claims he’s already feeling the benefits of their reunion in the United States.
“He knows what I can bring to the team and he’s someone who is pushing me. I push myself too, but he makes me a better player,” he said.
“I think I learned a lot from him in the last week and I’m glad I can work with him.
“I’m happy for my goal. There is still a lot of work to do, as a team we know we need to be much better.
“But I’m glad I’m here because you really see it’s a big club and that was the challenge I wanted.”
He had been heavily linked with a move back to Chelsea, especially after Antonio Conte made clear his plan to ditch Diego Costa, however, United’s swift move for the Belgian has made Mourinho’s intent clear as he hopes to take the side back to winning ways.
Lukaku will be looking to take over from Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford after the big Swede left the club this summer with a serious knee injury, he scored most of our goals with 28 to his name, and with Lukaku scoring 25 at Everton last season, there are hopes he’ll be able to lead the line just as well.