Michael Carrick has given his thoughts on new signing Romelu Lukaku, noting that the Belgian will help eradicate Manchester United’s lack of potency in front of goal next season.
Man United officially announced the signing of Lukaku – who will earn £200,000 a week – on Monday for a fee of £75m following another prolific season in the Premier League for the Belgian.
Speaking soon after completing his move, the 24-year-old noted that he simply couldn’t turn down an opportunity to play for the biggest club in the world.
And Carrick, speaking to MUTV, was quick to express his enthusiasm at the prospect of playing alongside the striker next season.
“I have tried to tackle him a few times and got nowhere near him, so at least I won’t have to do that too often!” he said.
“Listen, you have seen what he can bring to us. He is a big guy, he has got a big presence and he scores goals. That is what we are going to need from him, that is what he is going to bring and I am sure he will have a great time here.
“You don’t want to look to put everything on his shoulders, but that [solving goals problem] is why he has been brought here – to help at that end of the pitch, to score and create goals.
“As a team and as attacking players everybody needs to chip in to score goals and share the load a little bit, to take the pressure off the individuals. But of course, he is going to be the one we look to for scoring goals and I am sure he will.”
It takes a lot to blow Carrick, the master of poise and control, off his feet, but Lukaku did it back in April: during a tricky first half, the ball floated back to the 35-year-old and in came that unmistakeable figure, blowing him away and bursting forward with a seething mixture anger and malice.
There are times when Lukaku is simply too much. His raw speed and muscle quite literally puts experienced Premier League stalwarts on the floor. He is simply unstoppable on his day, and the perfect ailment to United’s indecision in front of goal against lesser sides.