Former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher believes that Romelu Lukaku’s addition at Manchester United will embolden their title challenge this season.
The 24-year-old, who claimed 87 goals in four years at Everton, completed a £75m move to Old Trafford from Everton last month.
He has already got off the mark in a red shirt, complimenting the three goals he scored over pre-season with a 62nd minute strike against Real Madrid on his competitive debut.
And Carragher, speaking on Sky Sports, has noted that the 24-year-old’s presence will help solve United’s malaise in front of goal against lesser sides this season.
“I think Manchester United will be in there, they didn’t make the top four last year but I think they will with the additions that they’ve made,” he said.
“I think Lukaku will get goals for them, especially in the games where they dropped points, at home against weaker opposition.
“I mean he’s been questioned about scoring in the big games, but that was a big problem for United last year, beating teams at home, teams they should beat, so I think he’ll help with that.”
Stoke City, Burnley, Arsenal, West Ham United, Hull City, AFC Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion, Swansea: these are all teams that came to Old Trafford last season and somehow left with a point, despite being dominated all game.
These are also teams that Lukaku, during his time with Everton, regularly tormented at Goodison Park. I would jokingly call him ‘King Poverty Basher’. And nobody needs his services more this season than Mourinho. The success of United’s season will, you sense, be largely determined by how well Lukaku can replicate his brilliance against sides of the above calibre.