Thierry Henry: Romelu Lukaku’s selflessness at Manchester United has been impressive

by Harry Robinson

Romelu Lukaku has impressed with his selfless attitude at Manchester United, according to Belgium assistant manager Thierry Henry.

The 24-year-old has started his Man United career in some of the best form of his life, scoring eight goals in his first eight games, including six Premier League goals in as many games.

However, his hold-up play and link-up play with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford has been a pleasant surprise for United fans, some of whom expected a more selfish striker.

“What Lukaku is starting to understand is Man United needed to score,” Henry told Sky Sports.

“The team needed to score. It doesn’t have to be you, the team needed to score.

“Once you go 2-0 up, go for your goal. It’s something he is starting to understand.”

Fans and pundits alike have been quick to criticise Lukaku at Everton for being a flat-track bully, or scoring unimportant goals when his side were already winning.

Yet that’s partly what United were missing last season, the goals required to see games out and earn the win, prevent the opposition from grabbing a late equaliser.

Lukaku and Rashford have spoken of the speed of how their relationship, on and off the pitch, has developed. The evidence is clear on the pitch, with the pair combining excellently so far this season on the left flank and centrally.

Rashford’s speed and movement is providing defenders with a great challenge, and Lukaku has repaid the favour on a number of occasions, opening up defences for Rashford’s wonderful feet and finishing.

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