Romelu Lukaku has opened up about his relationship with Marcus Rashford on the pitch, noting that the two had chemistry from the very first day he arrived.
The Belgian arrived last month from Everton for a fee of £75m and hasn’t wasted any time asserting himself as the devastating mouthpiece of United’s attack, claiming a goal against Real Madrid on his competitive debut before claiming a brace against West Ham United during his Premier League debut on Sunday.
His first goal against Slaven Bilic’s side revealed the instinctive chemistry shared with Rashford: the teenager broke down the middle of the pitch, turned inside slightly to bring West Ham’s defence one way and Lukaku, at the perfect time, made his darting run beyond the back four and received an inch perfect ball before hammering home off the post. It was a goal that crystallised the threat the pair can pose this season: direct, ruthlessly energetic and dangerously fast.
Speaking to MUTV after the game, Lukaku noted that the slick partnership with the 19-year-old exhibited against West Ham had been brewing ever since he joined the side for pre-season preparations last month.
“With me and Marcus, there’s something special. Hopefully we can produce even more [in the future] than we did today,” he said.
“We clicked from the first day that I arrived, and I knew that he would help me settle in at the club.”
Nobody should be surprised at the sight of Lukaku and Rashford operating in perfect tandem. They share a common approach that is both simple and effective, placing emphasis on putting pressure on defenders with pace and power at every opportunity, always looking forward towards goal and never relenting in energy levels.
There are no hidden messages or sneaky undertones through the way they go about their business. They are immediately in your face, and will only improve as a duo with more time on the pitch.