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Lukaku wants to create history at Old Trafford


Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku (R) hits a header past Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes (L) during the International Champions Cup soccer match at NRG Stadium on July 20, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Manchester United won 2-0. / AFP PHOTO / AARON M. SPRECHER

Romelu Lukaku says he wants to create his “own history” at Manchester United. The Belgium striker, 24, joined the Red Devils for £75m earlier this month, after scoring 25 Premier League goals for Everton last season.

Lukaku, the first foreign player to score 80 Premier League goals before his 24th birthday, said: “I can’t say I’m the complete package. “There is a lot of work to be done and I’m delighted that there is as it means I can become even better than I am.”
Lukaku’s move to United means he is reunited with Jose Mourinho, who was manager of Chelsea when they sold the forward to Everton for £28m in July 2014.

Last week, Mourinho was asked to compare Lukaku to Didier Drogba, who scored 157 goals in 341 appearances during his first spell at Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles and the Champions League.

The Portuguese said: “I don’t compare, I don’t compare at all. One has his history and one is still in the beginning of his history.” Lukaku said he and Drogba were “totally different players”.

He told BBC Sport: “Drogba is more of a hold-up player, a target man. I prefer to have ball to feet and run in behind. “I’m Romelu Lukaku, I want to create my own history.”

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Before Lukaku’s move to United was confirmed, Red Devils midfielder Paul Pogba posted pictures on social media of him and the Belgian together. The Frenchman, who moved back to Old Trafford for a world record fee of £89m last summer, also referred to himself as ‘Agent P’.

Lukaku said: “We were just on holiday together. I had to make my own choices.” Chelsea also bid £75m for Lukaku, and there had been suggestions he and Mourinho did not get on.

But the forward says the manager’s vision was the decisive factor in him moving to Manchester. He said: “The conversation I had with the manager really convinced me the most. He told me of his plans, about how he wanted to rebuild the club, and wanted me to be part of it.

“He is a manager who has always had a lot of belief in me and I believe in his methods. “It is going to be good to work together again.”

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