Man United star: Playing for Mourinho my ‘destiny’, not joining Chelsea

Romelu Lukaku explains why he opted to sign for Manchester United ahead of a return to Chelsea in the summer

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Romelu Lukaku has described playing for Jose Mourinho as his “destiny” after he signed for Manchester United in the summer.

Lukaku put pen to paper on his contract with the Red Devils back in July after he opted to join Manchester United despite being linked with a return to Chelsea.

The Belgian forward had failed to establish himself in the first team at Chelsea under Mourinho before he was eventually sold to Everton back in 2014.

Lukaku has made a strong start to his career at Manchester United, scoring seven goals in his first 10 Premier League appearances.

He will be expecting to start up front when Manchester United take on his former employers Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

And Lukaku admits that he is already feeling very settled at Manchester United following his move from Everton in July.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Lukaku said: “I made a decision in the summer that I felt Old Trafford was the stage for me.

“Playing under Jose Mourinho was my destiny. Since I was 11, I knew when he was manager at Porto, I knew this guy had something.

“I followed his career, the way his teams played, and as a young kid I was already being busy with tactics. I was like this is the guy that might give me something.

“So it was Manchester United, it was Jose Mourinho. I could not say no. I felt it was the best opportunity for me.”

Manchester United head into Sunday’s game in second place in the Premier League table and five points behind leaders Manchester City after 10 matches of the new campaign.

The Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League last season but won both the Europa League and the League Cup in Mourinho’s first campaign in charge.

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