Lukaku: The people will see a different side of us
Our two-goal match-winner Romelu Lukaku believes Manchester United showed “a lot of character and mentality” in the 2-0 win at Burnley and insists the Reds must now kick on following the victory.
Lukaku was the Reds hero at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon as his first-half double was enough to secure Jose Mourinho’s men the vital three points, despite Paul Pogba missing a second-half penalty and Marcus Rashford seeing red after an off-the-ball incident with former United defender Phil Bardsley.
The no.9 was delighted with the performance and feels the victory proves the Reds have a great deal of mental strength, following a tough run of results.
"In the first half we showed a lot of quality and in the second half we showed a lot of character and mentality,” Romelu told MUTV.
"We have the mentality, but it needs to come out a bit more. That is what the manager wants and that is what we need to do. We needed the win, especially after back-to-back losses when we conceded three goals, which didn't happen last season. We are delighted with the win and we have to move on from this.”
Lukaku, who picked up the Man of the Match award, insists the squad’s hard work on the training ground paid off against the Clarets.
"We are Manchester United, this is how we have to play in every game and against Tottenham we did the same,” he said. “The people will now see a different side of us. Everything that we worked on in the last couple of weeks is coming out now - lots of quick passing, runs in behind, a lot of action and a lot of chances.
“As long as we create chances, we know we will score. We defended well, we tried to press the ball, the fans want to see that and we tried to deliver."
The big Belgian frontman possibly could have scored more against a Burnley side that had already played nine competitive matches this season, yet he is more than happy with the team’s improved performance.
"I hoped for the hat-trick in the second half and I think I should have got a penalty on the last one. I don't dive, I'm not a player who dives,” he admitted. "But, anyway, I am happy with the two goals, I am happy with the win, the way we played and now we have to continue and bring this consistency to the next games.
"It could have been more and [the result] does not tell the story. We should have scored more in the first half and more in the second half, but, you know what, we played better than we did last season and there was a big improvement in our play. The fans want to see that, they want us to dominate, they want to see us creating chances and the goals will come."
Lukaku concluded by declaring that United will switch the attentions to the international break before returning, ready to face a strong Watford side who beat Tottenham on Sunday.
"We have players who are really bad losers," he said. "All of us are, we never like to lose. Now that we have won, we will switch off. The manager will analyse our last games and he will prepare us for the next games, as we have a difficult month coming up. We will be ready and we will be prepared.”