The £75m striker has targeted goals and trophies with United, just like Ronaldo, once of United, has enjoyed his whole career
ROMELU LUKAKU admits he will not be a true striking great until he proves himself in the Champions League.
The Manchester United hitman, 24, will lead their attack in Europe’s premier competition next season after signing from Everton this summer for an initial £75million.
But, despite the big-money price tag, Belgium ace Lukaku admits he has a long way to go before he can be considered as one of the continent’s top talents.
Asked if he can one day match the likes of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Lukaku said: “Of course — but it’s about winning trophies at the end of the day.
“I’m a goalscorer, I’ve always scored goals throughout my career.
“Now the Champions League is the next stage where I have to prove myself and the club also wants to do well.
“I’m far from that level. It’s what I want to aim for. But it’s all about the team and winning trophies.
“There is always room to improve. I just want to become the best player I can be — I’ll never say that I’m good enough.
“I’m 24, I can’t say I’m the complete package. I can’t say I’m in my prime.
“There is a lot of work to be done and I’m delighted there is still work to be done. That means I can become even better than I am.
“I’m not a guy who is satisfied quickly. It’s a pressure I put on myself. When you play for United, you have to perform every week.”
Lukaku is a major piece in Jose Mourinho’s jigsaw as United bid to claim their first Premier League title since 2013.
Four successive pre-season wins over LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Real Madrid have increased optimism in the Old Trafford squad — with Lukaku already scoring twice.
And the former Chelsea and West Brom star believes the Special One, now preparing for a clash with Barcelona in Maryland at 12.30am on Thursday morning, has a strategy to bring the glory days back to United.
Lukaku, who also played under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, added: “I have improved a lot since then. He sees it as well.
“He is a manager who has always had a lot of belief in me. I also believe in his methods. It’s going to be good to work together again.
“It was the conversation I had with the manager that convinced me the most, his plans and how he wanted to rebuild the club — he wanted me to be part of it.
“I am grateful for the chance. The manager has a masterplan and we are following his plan. We are preparing really well for the new season ahead.
“Everybody is well prepared. We are working really hard, we are delighted to be here and we just need to keep going.
“It feels great to be a United player. It is something I have always wanted — to play for a club of this stature.
“Now I am here, I want to take my chance and try to deliver as much as I can for the club.
“For me, it’s all about winning. Now I’m also at a club where winning is the most important thing and aiming for trophies.
“It’s something inside of me. I want to help my team-mates deliver more wins this season.
“It’s always been like that with me. I’ve been working to be a pro since I was 11 years old.
“My goal is to win as many trophies as I can. And to play for a club like United is something I’ve always wanted.
“I need to grab this opportunity now. Hopefully we can do what we want to do this season.”
Lukaku’s style has been compared to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba but he said: “I’m different. Drogba was a hold-up player, a target man.
“I prefer to have the ball to feet and run in behind.
“We have physical similarities — but we’re totally different players.
“I’m Romelu Lukaku, I want to create my own history. I’m at United, he was at Chelsea.”
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