Saturday, December 16, 2017

Lukaku is shining for Manchester United

Champions League day 2: CSKA Moscow 1-4 Manchester United

The Belgium international added another brace and has been magnificent since the trade fromEverton. Everyone knew he is a talented player but there were some questions on his ability to perform at the highest level. He has responded mightily scoring at will for the Red Devisl

Coach Jose Mourinho is very happy with the triumph in Moscow:

“I think we made it look easy. We started so strongly, I think we surprised them with our attitude and we were really strong. We killed the game. They didn’t look as good as they are, but I think because of us.

It was unexpected, 3-0 at half-time was unexpected. But we started strongly, we were really strong, we pressed them, we recovered the ball and our counter-attack was always fast and dangerous. In the first 30 minutes we had four shots, three goals and the goalkeeper made a phenomenal save from Mkhitaryan’s first-post shot. So we started really strongly and by winning 3-0 we had the game in our hands. [Then] it was just control, so it was really good.

This was my best team [which has faced CSKA Moscow]. I came here, of course, with very good teams – Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid – but I think this was the strongest performance. With Real Madrid and Inter, we came for the knockout phase. We came to play for a very specific result that we were happy with. With the away goal, we were happy with the 1-0, the 1-1. Today, we were really strong, it was my strongest performance here.”

On Lukaku:
“He’s having a great record. We know that he’s a very good player, he can score lots of goals and playing in a team surrounded by quality players, [it is] even easier to do that. But I have to admit that he’s scoring really important goals and almost every game. For me, the important thing is not that [how much he costs] but the important thing is two matches, six points and a good position in the Champions League. Four more matches to play but we start really strongly and we are almost there.”

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