Romelu Lukaku looked like a man who came of age as Manchester United beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old put in a performance that he’ll remember against Antonio Conte’s team, scoring a brilliantly-worked goal in the first-half, before tacking on an equally excellent assist for Jesse Lingard, who duly headed home and completed the turnaround.
Over at Squawka, they’ve compiled his game by numbers, and as you can see below, it was a much-improved display against a top-four rival, and hopefully a sight we’ll become much more accustomed to.
Romelu Lukaku's game by numbers vs. Chelsea:
17 (77%) passes completed
3 aerial duels won
1 chances created
1 take-on completed
Stepping up against a big club. pic.twitter.com/vcHRdRrduU
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 25, 2018
Not only did he have a hand in both goals, but he looked by far and away like Manchester United’s most dangerous player throughout.
He ran the channels excellently, used his weight to out-muscle a stern Chelsea back line. As you can see from above, his three aerial duels won dragged teammates into play, and his five shots certainly kept Thibaut Courtois busy in between the sticks.
Perhaps my favourite move of his was when the clock was winding down. The pressure was on his team, but he carried the ball out from within his own half, beat a couple of Chelsea players for pace and earned Manchester United a throw-in deep in enemy territory. It’s stuff like this that really gets the crowd going. More of the same please, Eh Romelu?