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Lukaku Ends Big Game Doubters To Outshine Morata

Romelu Lukaku quietened questions over his ability to deliver against the best opposition by scoring and setting up the winner for Jesse Lingard as Manchester United came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 on Sunday.

Lukaku hadn’t netted in any of his six previous matches against top six Premier League opponents for United leading to suggestions the Belgian was a flat track bully.

However, he has now scored 22 times in all competitions since completing a £75 million move from Everton in July.

“It’s not bad, but you can always improve,” said Lukaku of his return so far.

“I want to do better for the team. At the end of the day, I’m at Manchester United and I want to win trophies. That’s the most important thing.”

United manager Jose Mourinho was effusive of his praise for Lukaku, as his personal performance mirrored the hosts’ overall display after a fast start by Chelsea.

The visitors deservedly lead through Willian’s strike just before the half hour mark as once again United failed to get the best out of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba in a new four-man diamond midfield.

But Lukaku got his break six minutes before half-time when he slotted home Anthony Martial’s pass.

He nearly had a spectacular second when his overhead kick was turned over by Thibaut Courtois midway through the second period.

But Courtois was helpless when Lukaku showed his abilities outside the box to cross for Lingard to head home.

“I think he played fantastically well,” said Mourinho. “He was little bit lost but then he went together with the team.

“The team was improving, improving, improving…he ended the game with the image of a hand in the goal.”


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