Man United signing reminds Mourinho of Chelsea legend, claims pundit

Spurs legend Garth Crooks reveals why Jose Mourinho signed Romelu Lukaku for Manchester United

Manchester United signing Romelu Lukaku Photo: Romelu Lukaku/Instagram

Jose Mourinho signed Romelu Lukaku because the Manchester United striker reminds him of Didier Drogba, according to Garth Crooks.

The Red Devils managed to swoop to sign the Belgium international in a £75m deal from Premier League champions Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

Lukaku opened his Manchester United account with a consolation goal in a 2-1 loss to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup last week.

The 24-year-old made his Old Trafford debut on Sunday afternoon and the Manchester United summer signing scored either side of half-time.

Lukaku’s goals helped the Red Devils to ease to a 4-0 win against West Ham United at Old Trafford to hoist themselves to the top of the Premier League table.

Former Spurs forward Crooks believes Mourinho has found the new Drogba following Lukaku’s memorable debut against the Hammers at Old Trafford.

“This was quite a performance by Romelu Lukaku on his Premier League debut for Manchester United,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“If you were an Everton fan, it must have been a difficult watch seeing your former hero putting the finishing touches to an impressive team performance for the Red Devils. However, I can’t help feeling it was the right move for all concerned.

“Everton got the money (and his goals) while United got their man. The Belgian’s game reminds me of Didier Drogba the more I see him, and that was precisely why Jose Mourinho bought him. Who knows the value of a player with Drogba’s potential better than Mourinho?”

Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last term to finish one spot above Lukaku’s former club Everton.

The Belgian forward scored 25 times in 36 games in the Premier League last season.

Lukaku was one of three summer signings at Manchester United after the Red Devils snapped up Swedish defender Victor Lindelof and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic.

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