Michael Carrick backs Romelu Lukaku to handle pressure at Man United

Michael Carrick backs Romelu Lukaku to handle pressure at Man United
From ESPN - July 16, 2017

Romelu Lukaku has been warned there is no place to hide at Manchester United by his new captain Michael Carrick.

Lukaku made his first United appearance as a second half substitute during the 5-2 win over LA Galaxy on Saturday night. But the 75 million striker was upstaged by Marcus Rashford as the teenager scored twice and could have completed his hat trick before half-time.

Jose Mourinho insisted afterwards the Belgian had "played better than the ones who did score goals".

But Carrick has told Lukaku will have to learn to deal with the level of expectation at Old Trafford, echoing comments made by former United captain Wayne Rooney on Sunday.

"It's early days," Carrick said. "It's one week's training and 45 minutes, so you ca not come to any conclusions. We know what he's all about, there's no surprises.

"We all know exactly what he brings, that's why he's here. He's not going to change his game because he's come here. He does what he does best and obviously he's been brought here to score goals. I am pretty certain he will do that this season.

"He will be judged like anyone else on what he does through the season and I am sure he's ready for that. The scrutiny and everything will go up a level from what he's used to. I am sure he's prepared for that and I am sure he will do well."

Lukaku will be expected to fill the void left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 28 goals before his season was ended early by a knee ligament injury.

Carrick did not want to compare Lukaku with the previous No. 9, but the new United captain accepts the former Everton man will be judged on the goals he scores.


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