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Romelu Lukaku was long touted to achieve superstardom, ever since breaking into Anderlecht’s first team 11 days past his 16th birthday.

A son of former Zaire international Roger Lukaku, Romelu was born into football and he has matured into a bona fide goal machine, guaranteeing a lethal combination of strikes with head and both feet in the Premier League. An explosive force in attack, the then teenager boasted a record of 41 goals in 98 outings for Anderlecht before he left the Belgian giants to join Chelsea in August 2011. Despite initially struggling to break into the first team at Stamford Bridge, a successful season-long loan spell at West Bromwich Albion in 2012/13 proved his quality in the Premier League. In his final game at The Hawthorns, he scored a hat-trick against United in the incredible 5-5 draw between West Brom and United that marked Sir Alex Ferguson’s last match as manager. The following season he was loaned to Everton, where he scored 15 goals in 31 league games, and helped the Toffees finish fifth. What followed was a statement of intent from the Merseysiders as they broke their then transfer record to make the Belgium international a permanent signing in July 2014. The goals kept coming for Lukaku as he matured and became almost unplayable at times due to his powerful physique and impressive acceleration. In each of his three campaigns as a permanent Everton player, he netted 20-plus goals across all competitions, and in 2016/17 he netted 25 Premier League goals alone. During his fruitful spell on Merseyside he matched legendary striker Dixie Dean’s record of scoring in nine consecutive matches at Goodison Park, and even beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a place in the PFA Team of the Year in 2016/17, though he missed out on the Golden Boot due to Harry Kane’s purple patch towards the end of the campaign. His life as United’s latest line-leading no.9 couldn’t have got off to a better start, scoring on his official debut against Champions League winners Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in August and going from strength to strength after that. He netted a double on his home debut against West Ham and went on a remarkable scoring run in September, scoring seven goals in six consecutive matches. Lukaku became the youngest foreign player to reach 100 Premier League goals in March after scoring against Swansea, and was duly named the fans’ Player of the Month. Rom also ridiculed any suggestions that he was not a man for the most pressurised moments, scoring the equaliser against Chelsea and a vital leveller at Crystal Palace, before spearheading the Reds’ attack in the FA Cup semi-final triumph over Spurs with an inspirational passion and determination. A frustrating injury, suffered in the win over Arsenal in April, scuppered his chances of becoming only the fourth player to break the 30-goal barrier in a first season at United, but Lukaku can be enormously satisfied with his first 12 months in Red. As much as anyone, the striker was the powering force behind the team’s best league campaign since the title-winning 2012/13 season.

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Romelu Lukaku.
What's the team news?

The boss has confirmed there were no new injury concerns arising from the win at Juventus and Romelu Lukaku has "a chance" of returning after two games out injured.

Jose Mourinho at a press conference

Mourinho's update on Lukaku Article

Jose Mourinho has discussed Romelu Lukaku's prospects of playing in two key games for United.

Marouane Fellaini and Antonio Valencia in training

Reds almost at full strength in training Article

Recent absentees Fellaini and Valencia trained with United's main group before the Tuesday afternoon flight to Turin.

Romelu Lukaku starts on the bench against his old club Everton

Jose explains Lukaku decision Article

Jose Mourinho has revealed why he left Romelu Lukaku out of the starting XI.

Romelu Lukaku in action for United.
Jose Mourinho on Romelu Lukaku says

"One day his confidence levels will be back to normal, which clearly they’re not there, but I always feel that every game is the game [that he will score in]."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for LA Galaxy

Jose rules out Zlatan return Article

Mourinho says he won't consider bringing Ibrahimovic back, even if he can't give Lukaku a rest at the moment.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates.
Our record against Everton

United have won 87, drawn 44 and lost 66 of the 197 previous matches against the Toffees. Encouragingly, we are also unbeaten in the last seven fixtures across all competitions.

Romelu Lukaku

"It’s why I signed for this club" Article

United striker Romelu Lukaku is ready for the ultimate test against one of Europe's best defences.

Romelu Lukaku in training.
Romelu Lukaku says

"It takes time to click but, now everything starts clicking, I think there are good times ahead.”

Romelu Lukaku in action for Chelsea.
Chelsea connections

Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic have played for the Blues, where they were all managed at some stage by Jose Mourinho.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring against Watford

'I'm hunting down Henry!' Article

Romelu Lukaku vows to overtake Thierry Henry in the Premier League goals list.

Romelu Lukaku says

"I really want to score from 30 yards out one day. I’ve had a few goals from outside the box, but I’d really like a screamer, that would be cool."

Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini

Internationals: 11 Reds in action Article

Here's our guide to the United players on national-team duty this week.

Romelu Lukaku on the ball against Newcastle
Romelu Lukaku says

"I'm a really bad loser so going into the Newcastle game, I was anxious because I wanted to win. Thank God we won the game."

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