Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has admitted he feels his goal scoring record deserves more respect.
The 24-year-old has often been criticised for his inability to find the net against top-six opposition, although he did score and provide an assist during his sides crucial 2-1 victory against his former club Chelsea yesterday at Old Trafford.
After finally getting the monkey of scoring in a ”big game,” off his back the Belgium international revealed that he thinks a lot of the criticism aimed his way is a bit harsh, and people forget that despite being only 24, he has already scored a huge amount of goals in his career to date.
‘Yeah, because I’ve been in the game for so long.
‘I started playing when I was 16. Year in, year out people expect 20 goals from me.
‘I’ve been doing it for 10 years straight, so I think I’ve proved myself.
‘You expect a bit more respect but it’s the situation we’re in. I don’t listen to it. I just want to improve and show the people what I can do on the pitch.’ he said.
Lukaku moved to Old Trafford during the summer for £75 million, and has gone on to find the net 22 times in 40 appearances for the Red Devils.
The talented striker moved to England to join Chelsea from boyhood club Anderlecht in 2011. However, he failed to ever really make his mark at Stamford Bridge. He spent loans spell with West Brom and Everton, before moving to Goodison Park in a permanent deal in 2014.
In total Lukaku has made 203 Premier League appearances and scored 98 goals, which to be fair, is a more than decent return for a 24-year-old striker.