Lukaku Opens Account For United In 2-1 Victory Over Salt Lake

Manchester United’s new signing Romelu Lukaku opened his account by scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory, during the friendly against Real Salt Lake in Utah early Tuesday morning.

Jose Mourinho made several changes to the side that beat LA Galaxy 5-2 on Sunday, recalling Paul Pogba to his starting XI as well as handing a first start to Lukaku and fellow new-signing Victor Lindelof.

Mourinho decided on a conventional defence in a 4-3-3 shape for this game, this followed the trio of centre-backs system that were sent out against LA Galaxy, but the squad’s performance was not as smooth as the last, the second half particularly disjointed.

As in the previous game the Portuguese changed his whole eleven for the second period, but eventually found his side down to 10 players after captain Antonio Valencia got himself sent off, for an overly aggressive tackle on Sebastian Saucedo after the break.

Real Salt Lake scored the opener in the 23rd minute as Jefferson Savarino slid in Joao Plato who held off Phil Jones and clipped the ball past Joel Pereira.

United equalised 6 minutes later through Henrikh Mkhitaryan with Lukaku involved in the build up, finding Lingard who played to Mkhitaryan who then took a step to his left before firing past Rimando from 25 yards into the far bottom corner.

United’s £75m signing scored the decider in the 38th minute after he round two defenders before doing the same to goalkeeper Rimando and shooting into an empty net. The 24-year-old didn’t get another chance as Mourinho bought on Marcus Rashford in his place.

Lukaku slammed in 25 goals in 37 top flight appearances for Everton last term and Mourinho will be hoping his new signing can replicate his ice-cool finish against Real Salt Lake in the Premier League next season.