Despite a bad game against Wolves, Man United’s 25-year-old star could fire the Red Devils to a top-4 finish

Why Lukaku can steer Manchester United back into the top-4 this season

Manchester United beat Watford 2-1 last weekend but drew 1-1 to Wolves yesterday. The Red Devils needed a result given the recent criticism that was aimed their way and Jose Mourinho will not be pleased with his team’s performance last night.

The Red Devils are now 6th on the table and will be aiming to pick up some form as the Champions League has begun. Striker Romelu Lukaku has been in good shape over the last few games, barring a poor performance yesterday.

The Belgian has continued to impress since the World Cup in Russia and can be a significant driving force for United this season.

Jose Mourinho’s men are often given the stick for their lack of creativity and goals, but Romelu Lukaku has so far scored 4 goals in 5 starts this season. The Belgian has gone under the radar but does score on a consistent basis.

Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku is a born goalscorer and will definitely rack up many goals for Jose Mourinho’s side this season. His positioning has been excellent, with the striker often present in the right areas in the final third.

He has so far averaged 3 shots per game and constantly poses a threat with his bullish approach on the ball. Lukaku has also been very dominant in the air, winning an average of 2 aerial duels per game. As United enter the busy schedule, Lukaku will definitely be one of the key players in the next month. (Stats Courtesy – Whoscored)

There are very few players who are more prolific in front of the goal than the big Belgian and United are going to need every bit of his aggressive, never-say-die attitude in front of the goal.

He scored 16 goals in 34 league appearances last season and there’s every chance he will rack up more this season. The 25-year-old will also prove to be a massive asset in the Champions League.

Lukaku’s drive and determination to score goals are immaculate. His link-up play has also gotten better this season. The Belgian was largely criticised for his bad touches and wastefulness in front of the goal but seems to have put those issues behind him after a successful summer in Russia.

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Frankly, United are short of another prolific striker in their ranks, which means Lukaku’s responsibility to score is even higher this season. The Belgian will be one of the main driving forces to take United back into the top-four this season.

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