Lukaku eager for October's big tests
Romelu Lukaku is already looking forward to returning to Manchester United after the international break and to building on the Reds' crazy comeback win against Newcastle United on Saturday.
After the sensational last-gasp 3-2 victory, the United squad dispersed for duties with their national teams.
Belgium striker Lukaku will be in Roberto Martinez's squad for the UEFA Nations League clash with Switzerland on Friday (12 October) and the friendly against neighbouring Netherlands the following Tuesday (16 October).
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United’s two matches after the internationals can both be viewed as key contests - against Jose Mourinho's former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on 20 October and Juventus at Old Trafford in the Champions League on 23 October.
“I can go to Belgium with a cool feeling [after winning]," Romelu told MUTV.
“But at the end of the day, we are not where I want us [United] to be, so I'm going to go to Belgium, hopefully do well for my country, but knowing that I have two important games for my team coming back.”
“I'm a really bad loser, so coming into the game [against Newcastle], I really was anxious, because I wanted to win.Thank God we won the game today and now the important thing with the international break is that nobody gets injured. When we come back, we have two important games where, if we have good results, we can move forward.
Lukaku praised the spirit in the Reds camp that helped them overcome the shock of going 2-0 down after only 10 minutes against Newcastle.
“Our team is great, we do a lot of stuff together. We always are a really tight group,” said Romelu.
“Every time there is a new player coming in we try and make him feel comfortable and that's the key. The dressing room has always been good and that's always been the case at Manchester United and we did what we had to do.
”We won the game and we have to be positive and look forward to the next games.