Eric Bailly has named the "untouchable" Romelu Lukaku as the man he believes to be the major factor behind Manchester United's revitalisation this term.
The striker joined the Red Devils from Everton in a £75m transfer in the summer and has already hit the ground running with 11 goals in all competitions for his new club.
Lukaku has failed to net in his last five appearances for United but, in quotes attributed to Bailly by the Daily Mirror, the centre-back explained how the 24-year-old's goals have helped Jose Mourinho's men begin the season in fine fettle.
He said: "Playing football for a striker is not just about scoring goals. So he is untouchable in my team and also in the support and respect he deserves from the fans.
"He is an excellent player. I've played against him and now I am fortunate to play with him. Every player knows what kind of player he is and he's playing well and scoring goals.
"The most important thing is he carries on doing his job like a good centre forward."
Three goals in as many Champions League games for Lukaku has aided United's push to claim top spot in group A in this year's continental competition.
Up next for the second-placed Premier League outfit is a home clash with Portuguese giants Benfica, where a fourth successive victory would grant passage to the last-16 with two matches still to play.
Cameroon internationnal Bailly is therefore targeting all three points at Old Trafford and believes successfully hitting that goal will boost United's improving confidence even further.
He added: "Tomorrow’s game will be very important for us, because we have won the first three games and we feel that with the fourth one we can basically qualify for the next phase. If we do that, it will give us a lot of confidence."