Ryan Giggs believes Romelu Lukaku will be the player to turn Manchester United’s draws from last season into victories in the new Premier League campaign.
The Welshman believes Lukkau will face plenty of pressure in his first season at Old Trafford, with many expecting him to take over from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who ended his debut season prematurely with 28 goals across all competitions.
Jose Mourinho paid £75million to sign the striker from Everton this summer as he hopes of bringing the Premier League proven talent into a side which lacked the goal-scoring threat with just 26 goals at home last season, two fewer than the relegated Hull City.
Speaking about his impact, Giggs believes the pressure will be on as he hopes to start repaying his huge transfer fee.
“The main reason Jose bought Lukaku is for goals and to turn all those draws at Old Trafford into wins,” he said.
“There will be a lot of pressure and scrutiny on him but those around him also need to step up and score more.
“Juan Mata did his fair share, but [Anthony] Martial, Marcus [Rashford] and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan have got to get double figures. So although the most pressure will be on Lukaku, the onus is on the whole team.”
He started life under Mourinho well, with goals in the pre-season, however, the main focus will be on the Premier League campaign as United failed to challenge last season, falling far behind Chelsea.
Although United won the League Cup and Europa League last season, there was a real concern with the football, as they drew 10 of their 19 Premier League homes games.
Hopes are the Belgian’s arrival at the club will allow the players to up their game as others in the side need to ensure they perform with a big season ahead.