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Romelu Lukaku in training.

Lukaku: Hard work eliminates fear

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Romelu Lukaku believes hard work can overcome the fear of failure, as he goes in search of achieving more records in his career.

The 24-year-old has netted 26 times in all competitions this season since joining the Reds last summer and scored the 100th goal of his Premier League career against Swansea City in our last home game.

Speaking to MUTV ahead of Sunday's clash against his former club West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford, Lukaku opened up on how he has targeted records since he began his playing career and how he believes in the qualities he possesses.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates.
Romelu Lukaku scored his 100th Premier League goal in United's last home match against Swansea City
“In the Premier League, I started at 19 [years old] so I knew that I will be one of those guys that’s going to reach 100,” Romelu said. “That’s just the belief that I have in my qualities, but it all starts with the work that I put in.

”Hard work eliminates fear. That’s how I think. So, the more I put the work in, the more confident I am in certain situations because I’ve worked on it, I know what to do, I know where to do it and I don’t fear anything. If I fail, it’s no problem. There’s another opportunity.

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Sunday's game sees the Belgian striker come up against the Baggies, with whom he spent the 2012/13 season on loan from is first English club Chelsea, scoring 17 goals in 35 appearances. Most notably, Lukaku scored a hat-trick in his final appearance for the Midlands outfit in an eventful 5-5 draw against United, in Sir Alex Ferguson's final game in charge of the Reds.

As a former Baggie, Lukaku admitted it has been painful for him to see the club's demise this season, with the threat of relegation looming large, and he hopes the team can regroup following a turbulent campaign.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring one of his hat-trick of goals for West Brom against United in May 2013
Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick against United in Sir Alex Ferguson's final game in charge of the Reds
“It's a painful one for me, because a few of those guys are my friends and it’s hard for me to see them in that position,” he added. “But sometimes it’s good to take a step back, learn from it and try to improve on it. I just hope they don’t go down and they can learn from any mistakes they have made.

”I don’t know what their problem has been this season, because you only watch the highlights, so you don’t know what’s happening in their games, but I just hope they find the key to success for the Premier League.

You can see the full interview with Romelu on the live Match Day show on MUTV.com from 14:00 BST on Sunday.