Romelu Lukaku has spoken out about playing under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, noting he wanted to work under the Portuguese since 2004.
The Belgian first received the chance to work with Mourinho in 2013 following a rip-roaring loan spell with West Bromwich Albion, only to be sold to Everton a year later.
He was signed by the 54-year-old back in July, however, and has made a storming start to life at Old Trafford, netting four goals in as many games.
And Lukaku has noted that, contrary to popular opinion, he always wanted to work under Mourinho.
“I wanted to play for Mourinho since I was 11 years old,” he noted. “When you get a chance like that you don’t say no.
“I’m really grateful for the second opportunity, I really worked hard for it. Now we are back together again and things are going really well.
“We (Lukaku and Pogba) are both winners, we ant to win as much as we can, and I think we push each other every day so that’s a good thing.
“There are a lot of winners in the group. We really want to bring the best out of each other.”
Lukaku and Mourinho have always been on the same page, forging their respective careers through the unshakeable belief that football is best played in a direct, disciplined, ruthless manner.
And now, at a time where the duo have both reached a pivotal point in their footballing lives, they have come together to engender an attacking dynamic specifically geared towards success in the most furious league in the world. Whether it will bear fruit or not remains to be seen, but it serves as a hugely tantalising prospect nonetheless.