Ryan Giggs has backed Romelu Lukaku to claim plenty of goals for Manchester United next season, noting that he will receive even more chances at Old Trafford than what came his way with Everton.
The 24-year-old arrived at the club last month for a fee of £75m and has already claimed goals against Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Valerenga.
And the Welshman, speaking to Sky Sports, had no doubt in his mind that Lukaku, who managed 24 goals in the Premier League last term, would continue his lethal streak under Jose Mourinho.
“Manchester United needed some new blood and the injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic removed the question as to whether he was replaced. Romelu Lukaku will score goals, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.
“He’s still got to work on his first touch but he has already been scoring plenty at West Brom and Everton and will get more chances at Old Trafford.
“What he won’t have experienced is the pressure of being a Manchester United forward. He wouldn’t have felt that before and you can’t get away with the odd mediocre performance.
“There were too many home games last season where we didn’t take our chances but it’s not just down to Lukaku, the rest of the team need to be contributing as well.”
I have always agonised over new strikers. There is nothing more targetable – and harmful to the side – than an expensive arrival looking completely out of sorts.
One example, of course, was Radamel Falcao: there was nobody I wanted to succeed more than the Colombian in that first season under Louis van Gaal, and watching him fail time and time again was heart-wrenching. I even wanted Fernando Torres, despite playing for a rival club, to just, you know, not be completely useless for some reason. Perhaps I’m just too nice.
And the same fear looms large over Lukaku, although the last four years have dictated in emphatic fashion that, when it comes to Premier League goals, there aren’t many more reliable assets than the Belgian.