Roberto Martinez explains why he is unsurprised by Romelu Lukaku’s superb start at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has hailed Romelu Lukaku’s superb start to life at Manchester United, noting that he always expected him to succeed at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has made a rip-roaring start to life at Man United since arriving from Everton for £75m back in July, claiming seven goals in as many matches.

And Martinez, who oversaw Lukaku’s progress during his three year tenure at Goodison Park, made it clear that nobody should be surprised at seeing the striker make a superb start under Mourinho.

“It never crossed my mind that it would be something difficult for Rom,” he said. “Everyone that plays with him or works with him realises very quickly that he has an elite brain.

“As a footballer, you can have your attributes but the focus he can have is quite unique. When he went to Manchester United he was solely focused on starting well and making a big impact and that is what he has done.”

There are some players who, when placed in a bigger environment, start to shrink; and there are others who click into another gear, almost as if moving to a greater club activates something inside them that pushes them to give even more.

Needless to say, Lukaku is part of this latter bracket. After a marriage of convenience with Everton, he is finally where he wants to be: playing under Mourinho at a massive club.

You can tell the Belgian is relishing every moment, netting goals from all over the pitch, in all kinds of ways. Fully fledged, bustling centre forwards, whose sole aim is to score as many goals as possible, are becoming a rare commodity in today’s world and opposition defences are notably struggling to deal with him.

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