Ruud van Nistelrooy believes that Romelu Lukaku has what it takes to beat his goalscoring record at Manchester United.
The Belgian, who arrived from Everton for £75m over the summer, has made a storming start to life at Old Trafford, claiming four goals in as many games.
Van Nistelrooy, in just five seasons at the club, claimed 150 goals – an average of 30 a season – and set a record of scoring in ten consecutive Premier League games (broken by Jamie Vardy in 2015).
And the Dutchman, speaking soon after scoring during a Man United legends game against Barcelona, made it clear that Lukaku has what it takes to surpass his Old Trafford record.
“Absolutely,” he said in response to whether the 24-year-old had what it took to claim a similar tally. “Yeah. I had my time. I tried to make the most of my time as a player, but [my] time’s gone, behind me.”
“I’ve done what I could and now I hope that other players will go on and do better.”
“I was following Jamie Vardy’s run of consecutive games – it was fantastic. You have to applaud players who break records – even if they’re your own. It’s great to see that.”
Comparing Lukaku after just four games to one of United’s finest ever goalscorers isn’t particularly fair, of course, but the Belgian’s fluid start to life at Old Trafford does indeed beg the question.
The way in which he has seamlessly adjusted to life at United deserves immense praise. He has gone about his business in a way where it doesn’t even look like he’s moved to another club. It just feels like business as usual. Another day, another goal.
Needless to say, this is exactly the kind of attitude supporters want to see from their main striker.