Carrick: ‘Adjust to Man United is a challenge for Lukaku’

It’s not going to be easy for Lukaku in Manchester, says Michael Carrick. He speaks from experience because he made in 2006 the switch from Tottenham to the English recordkampioen.

Lukaku failed to score in his first match for Man United. © Belga

Michael Carrick has been since the departure of Wayne Rooney to Everton’s longest serving player at The Red Devils, and was promoted to captain. He says that the expectations and the pressure is much higher and you will find in Manchester. Romelu Lukaku and Carrick have just their first match together behind the back. They won with 2-5 of LA Galaxy and Lukaku did not score a goal.

‘The step from Everton to Man United is huge,” says Carrick in The Guardian, ‘that I remember even from when I move to this club. It is difficult to explain to people who are not in the same situation have spent. He will probably have the same experience as me, because he is in the Premier League already know well. That is definitely a plus for him.”

Since 2012, has Lukaku been 85 goals scored in the English league, only Sergio Agüero is doing better. “It is the pressure that this club gets imposed beyond compare. Everything here is so much more magnified than that he is accustomed to.’


Everything here is so much more magnified than that he is accustomed to.

‘Lukaku has only a week of training and competition behind the back, so it is still too early to make a judgment about him to the sheets. We know what he can and why he is here, so in that respect are no surprises. He is to come here to score goals and that he will also do. I’m pretty sure of it.”

Romelu is Ibra not

Wayne Rooney was as pasmiddel used in the transfer of Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford, yet Lukaku is the man who in the first place, Zlatan Ibrahimovic should be forgotten. The Swedish striker scored in one season, 28 goals for the club. “He was excellent for us,” concludes Carrick. United-coach Jose Mourinho has now admitted that a new contract for the Swede still belongs to the possibilities.

Rom is Rom and Zlatan is Zlatan. Everyone is themselves and it is not fair to others compared to be. Lukaku will be assessed in the same way as all the others. There will especially be looked at to what he is this season on the field. I am sure that he is ready and that he will do well.’

The words of Carrick showing that he believes in the Belgian striker. The captain tries the Red Devil to motivate, but at the same time, he explains also a lot of pressure on Lukaku. Manchester United will, in any case, the very best of Lukaku need, because the ambition for this season is to be champion to play. ‘We ended last season with a trophy (the Europa League), and we get a good feeling about the new season’, concludes Carrick.

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