Romelu Lukaku has admitted it is a relief that he’s got back into goalscoring ways with a double while on international duty with Belgium.
The 24-year-old struck twice in the second half of a 3-3 friendly draw against Mexico. He had been on a goalless run that stretched back to the October international break, coinciding with a poor run of form for Manchester United.
Lukaku did, however, insist he wasn’t worried about his lack of goals, and reaffirmed his confidence in his own abilities.
“Yes, it’s a relief but I knew it would come,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I feel great to be honest. I was born to score. I don’t think many strikers of my generation have as many goals as me.
“I am like a leopard in the box.”
Lukaku became joint top goalscorer for Belgium on 30 goals, despite being just 24 years old. He has reached goalscoring milestones in English football quicker than anyone else.
Hopefully he can carry his form for Belgium into United’s upcoming run of fixtures. That starts with a home game against Newcastle United next Saturday, when the Reds need a win to keep pace with title rivals Manchester City.
Lukaku had made an incredible start to his career at Old Trafford, with 11 goals in his first 10 games for the club after a £75m move from Everton.
That kind of form saw him quickly become Premier League top goalscorer, but his recent goalless run has seen him drop down in the race for the Golden Boot. That will be one of his aims this season, as well as helping United to trophies, having been beaten by Harry Kane for the past two consecutive seasons.