Martin Keown names Man United star who will decide where the title goes
The Arsenal legend believes Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku will be the decisive figure in the title race
Martin Keown believes Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku will decide where the Premier League title goes this season.
The Red Devils signed the Belgium international in a £75m deal from Premier League rivals Everton in the summer transfer window.
Lukaku had the option to move to defending champions Chelsea but the 24-year-old opted to complete a switch to Old Trafford back in July.
The Manchester United signing has scored six times in six games in the Premier League to help the Red Devils keep pace with Manchester City.
Lukaku has also netted three goals in two outings in the Champions League to quash doubts about his ability to perform at the highest level.
The former Anderlecht striker looks on course to surpass his 25-goal haul in the 2016-17 season for Everton.
Ex Arsenal defender Keown believes Lukaku will be the decisive figure in the Premier League title race this season.
“I said at the start of the season that Lukaku is the player who determines where the title goes,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“He has already had a big impact at Manchester United — and I don’t think many predicted how adversely his departure would affect Everton.
“It always perturbed me that Ronald Koeman and Roberto Martinez had to keep cajoling Lukaku to keep him on track.
“The sheer fact that he is now playing for a big club is inspiring him to give great performances.
“I think it will be difficult for anyone to stop him winning the Golden Boot but let’s wait and see.
“Morata and Aguero have also scored six Premier League goals!”
Manchester United ended up in sixth place in the Premier League last season.
The Red Devils signed Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in the summer transfer window.
Mourinho’s side have collected 16 points from their opening six games thanks in part to Lukaku’s return of six goals.