Jose Mourinho fended off competitions from Chelsea and signed on Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, and after his first goal for the Red Devils, the Portuguese tactician was full of praise for his first signing.
Lukaku was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea but a more pragmatic Man United signed him for a world record £75m fee.However, Mourinho has received heavy criticism from some sections of the Red Devils fans over reckless spending, as they believed the player is not worth the price he was signed for.
Invariably, Lukaku is now under so much pressure to score goals but he found the back of the net for the first time in United’s colour when they won Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Tuesday morning.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho revealed all the positives of Lukaku’s game, playing down the importance of scoring goals for the team.
Mourinho said: “Lukaku’s first goal? I think it’s just nice for him, but not important for me.
“When he came for water before he scored the goal, I told him: ‘I love everything you do on the pitch’.
“‘Don’t be worried about scoring, or not scoring, because it is not important’.
“He holds the ball so well he plays one touch, two touches, so well.
“You see he moves, he gets behind people, he attacks crosses, he works for the team, [when he] looses the ball he presses well.
“I like everything he does. I like everything he does.
“For me it is easy to feel it because he was my player four years ago or something like that.
“His evolution was great.
“He’s now a top striker and the goal was just a detail. Not important.”
Lukaku replaces Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic who led the attack of Man United last season until a knee injury scuppered his impressive debut season for United.
Jose Mourinho is yet undone in the transfer market. Talks have advanced over a deal for Ivan Perisic while Nemanja Matic and Naby Keita are heavily linked.