When one signs for a club with the magnitude of Manchester United, a guaranteed spot in the starting XI is not exactly a luxury to be expected. But since new arrival Romelu Lukaku has managed to that in his first season, he has revealed the secret behind it.
The Belgian international’s £75 million transfer to Old Trafford back in the summer was almost ridiculed by rival fans due to the incredible price tag. After missing out on Alvaro Morata following the breakdown of negotiations with Real Madrid, Lukaku’s arrival was labelled as a panic buy.
However, since then, the former Everton star has bagged 23 goals, and has been one of the most consistent players for United this season.
And it is not a surprise that the Belgian managed to become a common sight on the Red Devils’ team sheet, despite the arrival of Alexis Sanchez.
Further, the talented goalscorer also revealed the secret behind his longevity and consistency in Jose Mourinho’s preference to include him in the starting lineups during a recent interview with Sky Sports.
“I think the manager in his mind thinks that I’m like his sergeant on the pitch and that’s strange for a striker because it’s usually the midfielders,” the striker said.
“But I’ve always worked hard and I’m grateful but at the end of the day, I’m a striker and I have to score goals. He has been really good but I think he knows I have that soldier mentality.
“I think the work rate I am delivering to the team is a lot and he knows he can come to me whenever, I will always put the team first ahead of myself and that’s something I told him, I said ‘the team is the most important thing’.”