Kevin de Bruyne has backed his Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku to be a big success at Manchester United and said he is one of the best in the world at what he does.
Lukaku joined Man United in a £75m deal from Everton and has since gone on to score two goals in his first three appearances for the club on tour, including a wonderful effort against De Bruyne’s side Man City.
Speaking after that derby out in USA, De Bruyne made it clear how highly he thinks of Lukaku and said he is an incredible striker.
“I think he will do very well. Everyone knows what his qualities are and he will do what he has to do,” De Bruyne said.
“There’s a lot said about these big transfers, people mock him and other players on social media. You know it’s there but you just can’t care about that.
“You just have to do your job and I think he will score 20-25 goals for United a season and that will speak for itself.
“If you see his ratio of goals, it’s incredible. He’s one of the best in the world and what is he, 24? You can say that about him at that age.
“Obviously he has his way of playing. Don’t compare him to a Messi. He’s a big physical guy and can be awesome.”
I’ve got every confidence in Lukaku too. That performance against City – yes, it was a pre-season friendly but I am talking about how he played individually – was fantastic. His movement, his runs, his first touch and finish for the goal – his overall game looked so rounded and impressive. Given it was only his third game for the club, I didn’t think he’d be able to play that well so soon.
United’s title charge last season faltered because we didn’t have a clinical enough goalscorer and our conversion rate from shots in the Premier League was simply not good enough. Jose Mourinho has brought Lukaku in to solve that problem and with over 80 goals in England, Lukaku knows what it takes to score in the Premier League.
Having played with him for years, De Bruyne knows Lukaku more than most and if he can re-find the same sort of form that saw him score 25 goals for Everton last season, there really is no reason why Lukaku can’t bang in more than 30 goals this year when he’s got Paul Pogba feeding him chance after chance. I’m very excited to see how he gets on.