Thursday 14 December 2017

Lukaku: I'll have to work harder at United

Lukaku: “This is an opportunity that I’ve wanted since I was a child.
Lukaku: “This is an opportunity that I’ve wanted since I was a child." Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. Sportsdesk

Romelu Lukaku is confident he will have no problem replacing Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Manchester United's main striker, but acknowledges he will have to work far harder than he did at Everton.

Despite a stunning scoring record at Goodison Park, there have been questions about the work rate of the Belgium international, who is expected to complete his £75m move to Old Trafford after a medical today.

Lukaku has already attracted the wrong sort of headlines for a United player when he was arrested in Los Angeles over the weekend, after police were called to a party at the mansion he had rented while on holiday in the city following complaints about the noise.

But it will be how he plays for his new club that will shape perceptions and Lukaku, who rejected the chance to return to Chelsea, is determined to prove he is worth the money.

"This is an opportunity that I've wanted since I was a child. When Manchester United came calling, I didn't have to think twice," he said.

" But I'm Romelu Lukaku - I'm not Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I will fill up the striker position in my way. I know I have to work really hard and deliver more than I've done before."

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