Romelu Lukaku relishes challenge of escaping goal drought, claims Roberto Martinez

by Harry Robinson

Romelu Lukaku has been instructed to retain confidence in his abilities during a goal drought for Manchester United.

The Belgian striker has failed to hit the back of the net for the last seven games in a Red shirt, and his national team manager Roberto Martinez has insisted he must continue to stick to his guns despite the pressure to perform being ever-increasing.

Lukaku was riding high at Man United at the start of the season after his £75m from Everton, scoring 11 goals in his first 11 games.

Martinez, who also managed Lukaku as Everton manager, has no worries over the 24-year-old’s form or his attitude in a difficult period.

“I’ve got a big advantage with Romelu because I’ve worked with him for four years,” Martinez said, speaking ahead of Belgium’s international friendlies against Mexico and Japan this week.

“I know Romelu inside out. I think he just relishes the challenge. He’s been enjoying a really good start to the season and now is a period he is ready to cope with.

“I have no worries whatsoever. All he needs to do in his career is to carry on being himself in a club with the expectations and the demand of Manchester United.

“For me, nothing has changed in Romelu’s mind. He is confident, he has an incredible belief in what he can bring.

“All I want is that he carries on seeing himself in that manner when he scores and when he doesn’t, which is going to be highlighted in a club like Manchester United.”

Lukaku needs to drag himself out of this goalless run, but it may simply take a slice of luck. A few goals on international duty with Belgium are needed, and then he can return to Old Trafford with confidence and get himself immediately back into the goals and resume his astonishingly good early season form.

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