I deserve more respect for my goalscoring record, says Lukaku

The Belgium international has been in spectacular form for Manchester United this season but thinks the criticism he receives is too much.

Romelu Lukaku feels he has proved himself as a striker and believes he deserves more respect for his goalscoring record.

The 24-year-old has netted 22 goals in 40 games in all competitions for Manchester United this season following his £75 million move from Everton.

Lukaku is now two goals short of a century in the Premier League in his career, having also played for Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion before a spell at Everton.

His strike against Chelsea was his first against a top-eight side in the Premier league this season.

“I started playing when I was 16. Year in, year out people expect 20 goals from me. I’ve been doing it for 10 years straight so I think I’ve proved myself,” he told reporters.

“You expect a bit more respect but it’s the situation we’re in. I don’t listen to it. I just want to improve and show the people what I can do on the pitch.

“As long as I win and lead my team to winning that’s when I will be really satisfied. As a football player, I don’t play for the individual. A lot of big players that we recognise today in the game are players who have won something and I want to be (the same). The road is still far ahead but I’m ambitious and I’ll work every day for my team to win – I’m not thinking about myself.

“I can still improve everything about my game. I’m 24 and I think I have a lot of years ahead of me before my prime so I’m never satisfied. I always want to improve and get better and it’s a nice challenge.

“I think I have got a nice record. I’ve scored a lot this season and I just want to keep going. I know that I can improve and I want to improve and really work hard. I want to win trophies. We are still in the fight in two competitions. It’s not going to be easy but it’s a nice challenge.”

Lukaku had the chance to return to Chelsea in the summer but moved to Old Trafford, but he is happy and believes he made the right decision.

“When I make a choice it’s with my head and my heart,” Lukaku added.

“I made the right choice for me. As you can see, I’m in a good situation. I’m with a manager and players who push me every day. The challenge is there to win and it’s something that I wanted.”


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