Romelu Lukaku has insisted that Manchester United can build on their 3-0 win over FC Basel on Tuesday night.
The Belgian followed up his strike against Stoke City over the weekend with a sublime header from Daley Blind‘s cross in the 53rd minute on what was his Champions League debut.
He has now scored on his Man United debut, Premier League debut and, of course, his debut on the biggest of all European stages, claiming six goals in total.
But the 24-year-old, speaking after the game, was quick to note that, in spite of the perfect start to their European campaign, Mourinho’s men can still improve.
“After a slip up at Stoke we needed to bounce back with a win,” he said. “The football wasn’t great but we won. Defensively we are not conceding, it is a work in progress.”
There is something about Lukaku’s persona that invokes a complete sense of assurance. He is a relaxed, calm, determined character, aware of his strengths and mature for his age. He has improved with every one of his 151 career club goals.
And he will never forget his 151st – a first in the Champions League. To have a striker who, whilst ostensibly anonymous, can pop up to double your side’s lead, practically out of nowhere, is simply invaluable. He is a quintessential goal machine, and his presence has galvanised United’s attacking impetus this season.