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Belgium manager lauds United's Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku has enjoyed a very profitable World Cup campaign with his nation in Russia this summer. The Belgian international has notced four goals in four games at the head of attack, and his manager Roberto Martinez has heaped praise on the striker who left his former club Everton for Old Trafford a year ago.

“I think Rom is a player we know well because as a young man we saw his outstanding talent,” said Martinez in an interview with Goal. “His outstanding talent is the goalscoring ability that he has. When you see him at the age of 19 coming into the Premier League and making the impact he had with West Brom and seeing that slowly he was adapting to playing 90 minutes.

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“He comes to Everton and you can see that mindset of a winner. Elite brain of wanting to become the best in his position. You see an evolution on the footballer.

“But it was significant to see someone that from the outside many people could say, well he would accept if you see a selfish action of Romelu Lukaku on the pitch because you are in front of goal and maybe you are hoping to score a goal.”

Lukaku was also instrumental in setting up Belgium’s stoppage time winner against Japan on Monday night, offering a vital dummy from Thomas Meunier’s cross to set up Nacer Chadli strike, and this element wasn’t lost on the Spaniard.

“I think his decision of assisting that ball to someone who is in a better position speaks volumes of his maturity and his understanding of why we are here – to be a team, to help each other, to try to win games.”

Whilst United endured a frustrating season last term, Lukaku was one of a few of Jose Mourinho’s players to finish the campaign with some credit, and after 27 goals, United fans will be hoping that the former Chelsea forward can build on a promising debut campaign.

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By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.

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