Romelu Lukaku was quick to express his delight following Manchester United’s 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
The Belgian took less than four minutes to net his ninth of the club, brushing three CSKA defenders to one side and powering home an inch-perfect header.
He reached double figures for the club 30 minutes later from another in-swinging cross from Anthony Martial with a tap-in following Vasili Berezutski’s scuffed clearance.
And Lukaku, speaking after the game, called on his teammates to continue working hard in their pursuit of silverware this season.
"My target for the season? I just want to win trophies."
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 27, 2017
This is becoming too easy for the 24-year-old. The number of ways in which Lukaku can hurt opponents is staggering to say the least, and United’s attacking thrust has been galvanised as a result.
Lukaku fits the United mould not just for his natural potency in front of goal but also because of an insatiable desire to search for more – a refusal to give his opponent even a second’s rest. His very presence invokes an unmistakable aura of urgency and precision. He always wants the ball either at his feet or moving forward quickly as he lurks into the box. Confidence is coursing through his veins.
And you could bet anything that, despite reaching double figures by September, the Belgian will come away from the game disappointed at failing to net a hat-trick – the hallmark of a serial winner and a striker Jose Mourinho can trust.