Former Premier League Striker Expects Goals to Flow for New Man Utd Signing Romelu Lukaku

Wednesday July 19th, 2017

​Former Premier League striker Michael Owen expects Manchester United new boy Romelu Lukaku to be a hit in his first season with the Red Devils.

The furore over the Belgian's move from Everton to Old Trafford and not Stamford Bridge has just about died down, and Lukaku has turned out a couple of times for United in pre-season.

CARSON, CA - JULY 15: Paul Pogba #6 and Romelo Lukaku #9 of Manchester United celebrate a 4-0 lead after a goal from Henrikh Mkhitaryan #22 during the second half at StubHub Center on July 15, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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He recorded his first goal for his new club against Real Salt Lake on Monday, and former United and Liverpool striker own believes he can find the net at least 20 times in the upcoming season.

Speaking to the ​Metro, he said: "Lukaku played at Chelsea before so he knows the club, I don’t know how it turned around but I think it’s a good deal all round.

ALDERSHOT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Michael Owen of Manchester United celebrates scoring to make it 2-0 during the Carling Cup fourth round match between Aldershot Town and Manchester United at the EBB Stadium, Recreation Ground on October 25, 2011 in Aldershot, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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"With United losing Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] and [Wayne] Rooney, they needed a big signing and I think Lukaku is the kind of player Jose Mourinho likes - he has that big presence up front and can carry that position with his size.

"He’ll be playing in a team that will create a lot of chances and he’s a top player so it’s inevitable he’s going to score goals.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Romelu Lukaku of Everton in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on May 21, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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"The only question is how good can he be? Could he become a top United player for years to come? I fully expect him to score more than 20 goals a season so it’s just a matter of how well he can do."

If there's one thing Lukaku has proved in his short Premier League career so far, it's that he can score goals at the top level; the former Anderlecht prospect is part of an exclusive club of five players to have notched 75 top flight goals before turning 24 - Owen, incidentally, is top of that list with 110 before hitting the same age.

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