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Romelu Lukaku: United fans meant well but let's move on from chant

Published in England Premier League
Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:07

Romelu Lukaku knows Manchester United fans "meant well with their songs" but hopes everyone can move on from chanting Kick It Out called "racist".

The 24-year-old has swiftly established himself as a fans' favourite since his big-money summer switch from Everton, thanks in no small part to six goals in as many games.

Lukaku already has a couple of chants in his honour, although one to the tune of the Stone Roses' Made of Stone has caused controversy as it references the size of his penis - a song the striker hopes will stop.
"Great backing since I joined #MUFC," he was quoted as saying on the club's official Twitter account. "Fans have meant well with their songs but let's move on together. #RespectEachOther"

The song, using a stereotype about black men, led anti-discrimination body Kick It Out to call for action against the "racist" chant.

United contacted relevant bodies to see whether the song could be categorised as racism by the letter of the law, while saying in a statement they have a "zero tolerance towards all forms of discrimination".

The club posted on social media ahead of Wednesday's Carabao Cup match against Burton that "action will be taken against any offensive behaviour", reminding supporters of the club's commitment to inclusivity.
Stewards were briefed on the matter before the match and prepared to act where necessary, with United liaising with supporters' groups before kick-off.

Midway through the first half a chant to the tune of Made of Stone was heard at Old Trafford, with a pocket of fans chanting about Lukaku but having appeared to tweak the words.

"We'll sing what we want" would get a heartier rendition on a night where it is understood there were no arrests or complaints to the Greater Manchester Police.

Lukaku was an unused substitute in the 4-1 defeat of Burton, but is set to go back into the starting line-up as United return to Premier League action at Southampton on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku: United fans meant well but let's move on from chant

Published in England Premier League
Friday, 22 September 2017 08:12

Romelu Lukaku knows Manchester United fans "meant well with their songs" but hopes everyone can move on from chanting Kick It Out called "racist".

The 24-year-old has swiftly established himself as a fans' favourite since his big-money summer switch from Everton, thanks in no small part to six goals in as many games.
Lukaku already has a couple of chants in his honour, although one to the tune of the Stone Roses' Made of Stone has caused controversy as it references the size of his penis - a song the striker hopes will stop.
"Great backing since I joined #MUFC," he was quoted as saying on the club's official Twitter account. "Fans have meant well with their songs but let's move on together. #RespectEachOther"

The song, using a stereotype about black men, led anti-discrimination body Kick It Out to call for action against the "racist" chant.

United contacted relevant bodies to see whether the song could be categorised as racism by the letter of the law, while saying in a statement they have a "zero tolerance towards all forms of discrimination".

The club posted on social media ahead of Wednesday's Carabao Cup match against Burton that "action will be taken against any offensive behaviour", reminding supporters of the club's commitment to inclusivity.
Stewards were briefed on the matter before the match and prepared to act where necessary, with United liaising with supporters' groups before kick-off.

Midway through the first half a chant to the tune of Made of Stone was heard at Old Trafford, with a pocket of fans chanting about Lukaku but having appeared to tweak the words.

"We'll sing what we want" would get a heartier rendition on a night where it is understood there were no arrests or complaints to the Greater Manchester Police.

Lukaku was an unused substitute in the 4-1 defeat of Burton, but is set to go back into the starting line-up as United return to Premier League action at Southampton on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku 'perfect' for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, claims Wayne Rooney

Published in England Premier League
Monday, 04 September 2017 08:24

Romelu Lukaku is 'perfect' for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, according to Wayne Rooney.

The big Belgian has been an instant hit at Old Trafford, scoring three goals in his opening three Premier League games.

Some questioned Mourinho when he forked out £75m to bring Lukaku to Manchester from Everton but former Red Devils captain Rooney, who went in the other direction over the summer, has no doubt he will achieve great things.
"He is powerful, quick and strong and he scores goals, so certainly will improve that team."
"Jose came in and last season in the league we struggled and weren't consistent enough.

"Obviously in the cups United did well. I could see where Jose was going with the team and they will be a big success."

Jose Mourinho's vision persuaded Romelu Lukaku to join Manchester United

Published in England Premier League
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 11:57

Romelu Lukaku could not turn down the chance to join Manchester United after hearing Jose Mourinho's plan to "rebuild the club".

Romelu Lukaku could not turn down the chance to join Manchester United after hearing Jose Mourinho's plan to "rebuild the club".

For much of the summer it had appeared that the 24-year-old was bound to leave Everton for Chelsea, only for United to swoop in and gazump his former club.

Mourinho was in charge when Lukaku was given the green light to leave Stamford Bridge, but three years on he now sees the striker as a key piece of the jigsaw at Old Trafford.

United forked out an initial £75million for the Belgium international, whose mind was made up by his manager's plans rather than the persuasive powers of close friend Paul Pogba.
"We were just on holiday together," Lukaku said of the United and France midfielder, who he was away with in Los Angeles as the move was completed.

"At the end of the day I had to make my own choices. It was the conversation I had with the manager that really convinced me the most, the plans and how he wanted to rebuild the club and he wanted me to be part of it.

"I am grateful for the chance."

Lukaku has big boots to fill following the exit of injured top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the club's all-time leading marksman Wayne Rooney.

However, the 24-year-old's impressive ratio for Everton suggests he is ready to step up at Old Trafford - and the striker is clearly raring to go.
"It feels great (to be a United player)," Lukaku said in Washington. "It is something I always wanted.

"I 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 could for the club.

"I don't want to talk about personal ambitions. I just want to work hard on a daily basis and win as many games as I can."

Lukaku has certainly been made to work hard during United's American tour, training with his new team-mates for the first time within an hour of his move being made official.

Mourinho has praised the new boy at nearly every public appearance after a promising start, following up his first goal in a United shirt at Real Salt Lake with a stunning effort in the 2-0 derby win against Manchester City.

"It has gone well for the team," Lukaku said of the build-up to the 2017-18 season. "Everybody is well prepared.

"We are working really hard and delighted to be here and we need to keep going."

Lukaku and Mourinho can work together' - Man Utd transfer talked up by Essien

Published in England Premier League
Saturday, 17 June 2017 10:57

The Red Devils are in the market for added firepower, with the Everton striker reported to be among those on their radar ahead of the summer window

Romelu Lukaku: I know what I want to do

Published in England Premier League
Tuesday, 06 June 2017 08:48

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has said he knows what he wants to do regarding his future.

The forward scored 25 Premier League goals last season as the Toffees finished seventh but he has reportedly told the club he wants to leave in order to play Champions League football.

He has been linked with a return to former club Chelsea as well as a move to Manchester United,
Speaking to Sky Sports after Belgium's 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic in a friendly the forward hinted his mind was made up.

"My agent knows what's going to happen,

"I know what I want to do, and whenever something happens, you guys will know."

Lukaku also discussed the injury to his international team-mate Eden Hazard, who is now expected to miss around three months following a fractured ankle.
"I was next to him when he slipped, it was the last action of the game and we all thought it was just a twisted ankle," Lukaku said.

"He stood up and he was really positive. Then we heard the scan results and we were really disappointed for him, because he's a key player.

"He's had a great season so it's disappointing for a big player like him to get injured but he's got a good mentality and he's a good professional so I hope he comes back really quick."

Romelu Lukaku is better than Diego Costa, insists former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater

Published in England Premier League
Saturday, 29 April 2017 12:24

Romelu Lukaku is better than Diego Costa, according to former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater.

The 47-year-old believes the Belgian, who tops the Premier League goalscoring charts and has been linked with a big-money move away from Everton when his contract expires in 2018, has the edge because of his potential to improve.
Goater, who played for City for five seasons and scored more than 100 goals, believes Costa, who has 19 goals compared with Lukaku's 24, is a top-class striker but has probably already reached the top of his game.

"I'm going to go with Lukaku," he said on Sky Sports when questioned about the two strikers. "He's not as consistent as he should be, but I'll go with Lukaku.

"He's 23, there's a lot more to come from him in the years to come."
Lukaku left Chelsea in 2014 after failing to hold down a regular spot in the team, but is being linked with a move away from Merseyside, and the Stamford Bridge club is being touted as one possible destination. It means that the 23-year-old could eventually replace Spanish striker Costa.

"He's a big target man, he can hold it up, he can give you that relief as a team," added Goater. "He's a decent finisher but he can improve as well.

"Diego Costa is about 28 so he's probably peaking at this time, but he's still a quality striker."

Ronald Koeman wants 'improved' top scorer Romelu Lukaku to stay at Everton

Published in England Premier League
Saturday, 22 April 2017 10:40

Everton's Ronald Koeman wants to keep Romelu Lukaku, saying the Premier League's top scorer has improved significantly since he became the Merseyside club's manager at the start of the season.

British media reported this week that Everton were asking a world record fee of £100million for the 23-year-old Belgian international, who has scored 24 league goals in this campaign.

"He's now a better striker for the team than he was at this time last year," Koeman told a news conference ahead of his team's trip to 13th-placed West Ham, who have landed only one victory in their last nine league games, on Saturday.

"If someone's interested they'll call the board of the club and they'll speak about it but we want to keep him. Every team wants goal scorers because they make points for the team."
Everton have lost only two league games in 2017 and are lying seventh in the league, level on points with sixth-placed Arsenal, although they have played two more games.

Koeman is targeting a top-five finish to secure guaranteed qualification to the Europa League next season and he hopes to remain in contention when Everton visit the Emirates in the last game of the season.
"That's our target [fifth place]...if we're still in the mix when we play Arsenal at the end of the season it will be really nice," the former Southampton boss said, adding that he expects to make several additions to his squad next season should they be playing European football.

“We know that we have to be prepared in the number of players we have. To have a lot of competition and that's a challenge," the Dutchman added.

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