After helping Manchester United to reclaim second place in the Premier League, after their 2-1 victory over Chelsea on Sunday, Romelu Lukaku has requested more respect after he says he has proved himself.
Following the Belgian’s £75 million move from Everton in the close season, he has scored 22 times in 40 appearances for United.
But Lukaku came under criticism for scoring against the weakest sides only and not direct rivals such as Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City. However United’s marquee summer signing has finally improved his record against a top club after the Red Devils weekend victory.
Now the 24-year-old believes he deserves more respect pointing to his consistent goal scoring record throughout his career.
“I know that I can improve, and I want to improve and really work hard. I want to win trophies. We are still in the fight in two competitions. It’s not going to be easy but it’s a nice challenge,” he told reporters.
When asked if he believes people forget how young he is, the 24-year-old said: “Yeah, because I’ve been in the game for so long.
“I started playing when I was 16. Year in, year out people expect 20 goals from me. I’ve been doing it for 10 years straight, so I think I’ve proved myself.
“You expect a bit more respect but it’s the situation we’re in. I don’t listen to it. I just want to improve and show the people what I can do on the pitch.”
The Belgium striker scored his goal with a composed finish following a fine move involving Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial to cancel out Willian’s driven opener at Old Trafford.
He then provided the assist for Jesse Lingard crossing for the substitute to head home and seal a big three points in the 75th minute.