MANCHESTER UNITED fans should get behind Romelu Lukaku — because he is “an unbelievable striker” and a “great person”.
That is the view of his Belgium team-mate and Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.
The 25-year-old has endured a tricky campaign, scoring nine times, but is yet to make a Premier League start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Lukaku did play the full 90 minutes in the FA Cup third round win over Reading on Saturday but is expected to be relegated to the bench again when United travel to Spurs this weekend.
But having netted 27 goals in his maiden season at Old Trafford after his £75million move from Everton, Alderweireld feels Lukaku’s efforts have been too quickly overlooked.
He said: “He scores so many goals all the time that people get used to it.
“If for a period he does not score or things do not go his way, of course, he plays for a big team in the Premier League so everybody expects a lot of him. But he is coming back to form.
“He is an unbelievable striker.
“I have played with him in the national team for a couple of years and he is a great person, too.”
The former Everton and West Brom forward was the central pillar of a Belgium side which finished third at the World Cup.
Though Lukaku might be forced into a watching brief on Sunday, Alderweireld’s side will run into a renewed United side who have won five in a row since the departure of Jose Mourinho.
Interim boss Solskjaer has installed new belief within the United squad and Spurs have been warned the 20-time English champions will pose a genuine threat to their title aspirations.
Alderweireld, whose side recorded a 3-0 win over United in their first league meeting added: “Of course we know they will be in a better moment than they were before.
“We know they have very good players and a very good team. Quality, with some special players.
“So we have to be tough to beat them. But we can be confident and prepare ourselves the best we can to be ready for them.”