Kingdom - Romelu
Lukaku will look at Manchester United's next three
Premier League games as a good opportunity to strengthen his prospects of being
this season's top scorer in the competition.
Wolves visit Old Trafford on
Saturday, before a trip to West Ham and a home fixture against Newcastle, by
which time Lukaku could be the clear leader in the race for the Golden Boot.
Lukaku goes into this weekend
with four Premier League goals, one behind Chelsea's Eden Hazard at the top of
the standings but has not had an entirely smooth start.
The Belgium striker has scored in
each of United's past two league matches, with both goals in a 2-0 win at
Burnley on September 2 and another in last weekend's 2-1 victory at Watford.
Yet he continues to face
accusations that he is a 'flat-track bully' because of his disappointing record
against the rest of England's big six teams.
Of the 20 Premier League goals
Lukaku has scored for United since arriving from Everton in July 2017, only one
has come against the teams who made up last season's final top six - when
Chelsea were defeated at Old Trafford in February.
Perhaps, then, a run of fixtures
against opponents lower down the table will offer a chance to bolster his goal
He may also be helped by the fact
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Tottenham's Harry Kane have not, so far, reached
the high standards they set last season, while Sergio Aguero, who has three
league goals to date, is likely to be rotated with Gabriel Jesus at Manchester
"You always compete every
year against Aguero and Kane, and Salah this year. You always think about (the
Golden Boot), being a striker," Lukaku said.
"But then, while I want to
score as much as I can, I want to win championships. That's why I signed for
Last season, Lukaku was the
sixth-highest scorer in the Premier League with 16 goals, half the total that
Salah achieved to win the Golden Boot.
There is an argument, though,
that the Belgian was still adjusting to life as a United player last term.
His all-round game has improved
since his days at Everton, something that Mourinho noted after the win at
Mourinho was quick to credit
Lukaku, not for his goal, but for running back half of the length of the pitch
late in the game to make a sliding tackle as United held on to their lead.
According to Mourinho, that
represents the spirit of the team.
United appear to be in good
spirits at present, having won three successive matches for the first time
The victory at Watford was
followed on Wednesday by a 3-0 defeat of Swiss side Young Boys in the Champions
League, and Mourinho's recent grumbles about a lack of adequate close-season
transfer market activity have quietened.
A consistent goalscoring run from
Lukaku over the next fortnight will further improve both the mood and the
league position; costly defeats by Brighton and Tottenham during August mean
that United go into the weekend lying eighth, six points behind leaders
Chelsea.If Lukaku can keep on
scoring regularly beyond that - with a league trip to pace-setters Chelsea to
come later in October - then he may have a genuine chance of winning the league
titles he craves.