Despite having a spectacular start to his Manchester United career, Romelu Lukaku is currently the subject of criticism for his recent performances after failing to find the net in his past six games.
Eleven goals in eleven games for his new club earned Manchester United supporters to hail their new striker singing songs to their new star.
Things have changed in recent weeks with manager Jose Mourinho calling on supporters at Old Trafford not to be critical of the Belgian and even claimed the 24-year-old should be untouchable.
Speaking to Sky Sports as reported in the Irish Independent, ahead of the massive clash with Chelsea on Sunday, the £75 million striker has called on his fans to give him time and that he still has improving to do.
“I think a lot of people are judging me as the finished article,”
“I’m 24 – you can’t judge me as the finished article. I’d rather have a year where I improve, improve, improve rather than going straight to the top and then declining.
“I know I have a lot of talent. I can do a lot of stuff, score goals with my left, right and head. But I want to be a creator – I want to have more assists. I want to make sure when my team is having difficulties they can count on me.
“I’m on the perfect stage and the perfect age. I want to be a winner and take my career to the next level.”
Manchester United visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday with Antonio Conte’s Chelsea currently in a period of indifferent form following their Champions League defeat in Rome in midweek with speculation mounting that the Italian could soon follow the same fate Jose Mourinho suffered in 2015 when he was sacked after winning the Premier league only months previous.
Lukaku has received criticism for his performances in the so-called bigger games where he was starved of support at Anfield and had another poor showing last time out at Old Trafford where he did, however, provide the assist as an Anthony Martial late strike claimed all three points against a poor Tottenham side.
The Belgian will be hoping a return to familiar ground this Sunday will help him rediscover his goalscoring boots.