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Jose Mourinho tasks Lukaku ahead

Manchester United Coach, Jose Mourinho, said at the tour in the United States on Friday that Romelo Lukaku will be expected to deliver goals as the striker prepares to make his club debut.

The striker, 24, Lukaku completed a 75 million pound move on Monday to Old Trafford and could make his first appearance for the club on Saturday in the match against Los Angeles Galaxy.

He is expected to fill the wide void Manchester United could not fill last season. The club had difficulties in front of goal as they end up not converting most chances to win.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United walks out ahead of a first team training session as part of their pre-season tour of the USA at UCLA on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

When asked about his expectation on Lukaku, Mourinho said: “What will he bring us? Hopefully goals.”

“(Lukaku)’s the kind of player that everybody knows that he’s a striker,” Mourinho said. “We are not speaking about a multifunctional player or a player that you can adapt, or we can create doubts about positions on the pitch. He’s a striker.

“So normally strikers they score goals and the reason he’s so important and he was difficult to get is exactly what he did in the Premier League.”

Mourinho targeted Lukaku because of his goal scoring prowess and track record in the Premier League during his time at Everton and West Bromwich Albion.

“Obviously there are other good strikers in football but the Premier League is a very specific habitat and a difficult habitat for strikers,” Mourinho said.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United in action during a first team training session as part of their pre-season tour of the USA at UCLA on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

“Normally they need some time to adapt. And Lukaku plays in the Premier League for the last four or five seasons. I think he comes at the right moment of his career because he’s still a young player but he has years of experience in the Premier League also with the Belgian national team.”

“Let’s try,” he said. “He’s not a player that participates a lot in the build up. He’s a player that normally plays in the last third.

“We had many opponents especially at Old Trafford that decided clearly to defend in their defensive third, closing spaces, playing with lots of defensive midfield players.

“I think especially in the Premier League we need a target man which is not (Anthony) Martial or (Marcus) Rashford. We have good options. Good players.

“But target man, a clear No.9 , the one that is comfortable to play in the box, with his back to the defenisve line? We thought Romelu would be a very good option for us.”

Mourinho however said he assured the player of playing time over the phone which was the only role he played during the transfer.

“The only thing I did was to call him when the situation was almost there just to guarantee him that he would be an important player in my team,” Mourinho said.

The United boss also insisted he enjoyed a strong relationship with Lukaku despite reported tensions between the two during an earlier spell at Chelsea.

“During that time where I was at Chelsea and at Man Utd and he was at Everton, our relationship was always very close,” Mourinho said.

“The relationship was always very good. He’s intelligent, he’s polite. There was good feeling. And now we are back in different moments of his career and my career, in different circumstances. And I’ve no doubt that it’s going to work.”

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