Romelu Lukaku does not fear competition. He welcomes it. He embraces it. That’s what the Manchester United forward told reporters after hitting a hat-trick in Belgium’s 9-0 win over Gibraltar in World Cup qualifying.
When Lukaku joined United, it appeared as though he was being recruited as a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, the Swedish forward rejoined the Red Devils late in the transfer window. Lukaku wasn’t fazed.
Having taken Ibrahimovic’s number 9 shirt, the veteran forward will take number 10 vacated by Wayne Rooney.
Lukaku was quoted by the Mirror saying: “I said to Zlatan that I hoped he would be back at Man United. We need his personality. And I knew for a while he would sign a new contract. We know there are big rivals for the title – City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham. But things are going really well for me at United.”
The dynamic duo?
Could Lukaku and Ibrahimovic play together? It’s a terrifying prospect for defenders.
With three goals in his opening three Premier League games for United, Lukaku is off to a terrific start. Ibrahimovic was one of the players of last season, hitting 28 goals in all competitions after arriving on a free transfer.