As the full time whistle blew, the camera panned over to Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United’s match-winner, and you could see how much the three points meant to him.
The Belgian has been nothing short of lethal this season, almost guaranteeing goals, and he was once again on the scoresheet for Jose Mourinho‘s men, netting his eighth in as many games after 20 minutes.
And it was vintage Lukaku: Ashley Young worked some space on the left and sent the ball over to the Belgian, who swatted Wesley Hoedt and Maya Yoshida away before firing a fierce header at Fraser Forster and tucking home the rebound.
Man United had to fight and struggle in the second half but held on for a crucial win – much to the joy of Lukaku, who celebrated passionately at the end.
This is where Lukaku wants to be: scoring important goals at a big club in search of real silverware. Everybody knew that his time at Everton was nothing more than a preliminary stage before be ascended to the highest level.
And it was speculated over the summer whether he could cope with it all. Needless to say, Lukaku has provided us with an emphatic answer. As Mourinho’s No.9, the difference in quality, pressure, discipline and overall importance compared to his time at Everton is enormous, but he has taken it firmly in his stride.
The striker looks unstoppable, and he’s only just getting started.