Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Romelu Lukaku for the blistering start he has made to life at Old Trafford this season.
The Belgian, who arrived over the summer for £75m, has claimed ten goals in his opening nine games in a Manchester United shirt.
He netted his second brace of the season during the 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, powering home an early header before adding Man United’s third with a tap-in just before half time.
And Mourinho, speaking after the game, was quick to point towards the 24-year-old’s superb attitude to the cause ever since completing the move from Everton.
“He’s humble, he wants to learn all the time, he wants to improve all the time,” Mourinho said. “I think the ambition is there.”
“It’s a great achievement but it’s only possible with a good team. And the team is solid, the team is playing well. We start the competitions strong.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was successful last season because he believed he would be. That is how the biggest and the best thrive at the highest level for so long – an unshakeable determination to improve, week by week, and never rest on one’s laurels, always backed up by a deep-rooted faith in their own ability to make a difference on the pitch.
And Lukaku is an another example of this mindset. There is something about his persona that inspires confidence: the way he reflects on superb performances points towards the attitude of a man who, while happy to have scored, has set his focus on even bigger horizons.
The 24-year-old will be the first to tell you that, in spite of reaching double figures, he is only getting started.