Manchester United Football Club got a much-needed victory under their belt this evening, with the pressure being eased on manager Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor, with both goals coming from Romelu Lukaku. One, a brilliant header after a teasing ball from Alexis Sanchez, the other, a tap-in following some calamitous defending. At the end of the day, they all count.
I don’t think it’s a stretch to say the striker could have had a further two at the very least, particularly the one where he rounded the goalkeeper but couldn’t apply the finish.
It wasn’t just his output in front of goal that was impressive. It was the hold-up play, the passing, the vision. It was a mature, complete outing from the £75million man. One that we became accustomed to during the World Cup.
The scary thing is that he’s still young and learning all the time. His two finishes today put him level on Premier League goals with a certain Didier Drogba; whom Lukaku idolised when growing up.
As you’d imagine, the Old Trafford faithful were delighted with Lukaku on the whole, but you have every right to be upset with the fact that he didn’t have a hat-trick…
Romelu Lukaku has now scored as many Premier League goals as Didier Drogba.
• Drogba: 104 goals in 254 games
• Lukaku: 104 goals in 224 games
Parity with his idol. 👬 pic.twitter.com/upEIYiATba
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 2, 2018
MUFC needed that. Win. Clean sheet. Fans behind manager again. Pogba, Sanchez, Lukaku, Shaw, Lingard and Fellaini all decent. Burnley poor. For a Salfordian MUFC fan, Bardsley hasn't half thrown some spanners into MUFC in recent years.
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) September 2, 2018
Good: Romelu Lukaku scored twice today
Bad: Romelu Lukaku should probably have scored like six today
— James Tyler (@JamesTylerESPN) September 2, 2018
Good performance. Nice to get the win. Romelu Lukaku was brilliant yet frustrating today. Nice way to head into the international break. #mufc
— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) September 2, 2018
Quite remarkable that Romelu Lukaku has scored as many Premier League goals (104) as Didier Drogba managed throughout his career. Lukaku’s 25-years-old.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) September 2, 2018
How am I going to tell my kids Lukaku missed both of these? pic.twitter.com/Z0u7vqhSVH
— Joshua 🇳🇬 (@big_man_joshyy) September 2, 2018
Anyone who says Mourinho hasn't improved Lukaku because 'he scored goals at Everton as well' is deluded. His ability to hold the ball & bring others into play, off the ball runs, vision & passing has gone up levels. Anyone who knows a bit about football can notice the difference.
— R™ (@RealTalkMUFC) September 2, 2018