Ruud van Nistelrooy: Why new Man United signing reminds me of Harry Kane

The Manchester United legend likens Romelu Lukaku with Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku Photo: Romelu Lukaku/Instagram

Ruud van Nistelrooy has likened Manchester United signing Romelu Lukaku to Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.

The Belgium international became Manchester United’s second signing of the summer transfer window after the Red Devils agreed a £75m transfer fee with Merseyside rivals Everton.

Lukaku will be tasked with replacing the void left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney in the Manchester United side next term.

The 24-year-old scored 24 times in 36 games in the Premier League last season but finished behind Kane in the race to win the golden boot.

Van Nistelrooy is widely recognised as one of Manchester United’s greatest strikers of the Premier League era after a sensational return of 150 goals in 219 appearances in all competitions.

And the retired striker explained why he considers Lukaku to be the same type of goal-scorer as Tottenham rival Kane.

“Physically, he’s unbelievably strong and, with the pace he has, he often puts away the chances he gets,” Van Nistelrooy told Manchester United’s website.

“I think he’s one of the true number nines, like Harry Kane at Tottenham – they’re strong centre-forwards who are also a reference point during the build-up play.

“Romelu is strong on the ball but also when making runs and finishing chances.”

Kane finished as the Premier League’s top goal-scorer last term after a return of 29 goals in 33 appearances in the top flight.

Manchester United have also signed Swedish defender Victor Lindelof in a £30.7m deal from Portuguese champions Benfica this summer.

The Red Devils won the EFL Cup and the Europa League in their first season under Mourinho.

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