Jose Mourinho believes that Romelu Lukaku made the decision to join Manchester United at the perfect time in his career.
The 24-year-old, sold to Everton by Mourinho in 2014, took the title of top scorer at Goodison Park for four years in succession before completing a £75m move to Man United in July.
And he has taken no time to settle in, claiming six goals in as many games including his first ever goal in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Speaking ahead of the clash with Lukaku’s former club on Sunday, Mourinho was full of praise for the way his No.9 has adapted to life at Old Trafford.
“Especially for a striker it’s important how many goals you score but I don’t put any pressure on a player over that,” he said.
“He is playing well, there is a good relationship between the way our striker and the way the team plays. I think he comes [to United] in the right moment, [he is] a good age, a good number of years of experience in different clubs in the Premier League and clearly a player adapted to the Premier League with good friends already in this dressing room.
“[He has made] an easy interaction into our group and the way the team tries to play has a good relationship with his qualities as a player, he came at the right moment in his career.”
Lukaku was always going to move to a top club this summer: 87 goals in four years is more than enough to justify a big money move, after all. This wasn’t the perfect time; it was the time to move.
And it was, in turn, the perfect time for United to sign Lukaku. Mourinho needed a striker with a proven record in the Premier League – especially against lesser sides that sit back – and somebody capable of running in behind and the Belgian, unsurprisingly, hasn’t disappointed.