It may not have been a competitive match, but Romelu Lukaku will take his brace for Belgium in their 3-3 draw against Mexico on Friday.
The 24-year-old hasn’t scored in his past seven matches for Manchester United but he will hope Friday’s performance sparks a turnaround in form, starting when the Red Devils host Newcastle United next Saturday.
It was the perfect way for Lukaku to bounce back from the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea, in which he failed to manage a single touch in the Blues’ area.
In scoring twice against Mexico, Lukaku equalled Paul van Himst and Bernard Voorhoof’s record as Belgium’s all-time leading goalscorers.
"At my young age to have achieved something great like this is really good," he reflected on the achievement.
"But there is a lot of work to be done everyday and I'm just relishing the challenges on a weekly basis."
What Lukaku did after Chelsea loss
Man United fans will be pleased to hear Lukaku sounding happy and motivated to continue scoring goals.
It’s a change from his mood following last weekend’s defeat at Stamford Bridge.
According to The Sun, Lukaku was furious in the dressing room at full-time and let his frustration out on his teammates, bemoaning the lack of service he feels he has received in his seven-game goal drought.
It’s pretty understandable that Lukaku would be angry but ripping his teammates seems harsh given that he was wasteful in possession.
The striker scored 11 goals in his first 10 appearances for the Red Devils following his £75 million move from Everton but he’s gone off the boil since.
And Alan Shearer, who knows a thing or two about putting the ball in the back of the net, believes Lukaku needs to forget about assisting in the build up and focus purely on scoring.
“When you're on a barren spell, forget everything about going out wide, about coming deep, thinking I'm not getting a touch of the ball,” Shearer said on Match of the Day 2.
“It's time to be selfish. Width of the 18-yard box, that's what he's got to think about. Let the people create the chances for you. He's a goal-scorer and he’s getting judged on scoring goals.”
Shearer will regret giving Lukaku advice if he scores against Newcastle next weekend.
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