Manchester United Football Club have made a brilliant start to the season. Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff seem to have the players performing in a way that once became customary under Sir Alex Ferguson back in the day.
The self-proclaimed Special One secured two major pieces of silverware last year, but that’s just the start. We all know the trophy that Mourinho wants to bring back to Old Trafford, and some of the summer signings he made will go a long way towards securing title #21.
Perhaps the biggest deal made over the transfer window was a move to bring in Romelu Lukaku. In twelve competitive games, the big Belgian has scored a mightily impressive 11 goals; but that’s just the start for him.
Now, Gary Neville has been speaking out about the 24-year-old, whilst sending him an important message. Lukaku has to step up in the big matches, because that’s exactly why United sanctioned such a hefty transfer fee to bring him in.
“Romelu Lukaku has settled in brilliantly and done everything he was asked to do in terms of converting those home draws into wins, but games like this one are the real test,” the United legend told Sky Sports, as per the Manchester Evening News.
“When I look back to the Everton striker’s recent performances at Anfield he didn’t play well, so this is the next step up for him.
“Going away to Anfield is a big test and his service will be more limited so he’s now got to show the ruthless streak to win the big games for United.
“He will be defined by his performances in big matches. You’re at a club with aspirations of winning things and a world-class striker will be defined by trophies and performances in big matches.”
Barring Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, this is Lukaku’s first major test. We know he can be the difference=maker against the so-called lesser Premier League sides, but we need him to step it up another level against our fiercest of rivals.
Chances in these matches will be at a premium and that’s when the world-class strikers step up to the plate. The time is now for Lukaku, and if he can guide us to a victory in this one, it’ll send out a real message to the rest of the Premier League.