Impressing a club legend is no easy feat, but Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku has done just that with Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Lukaku arrived from Everton in a £75 million deal this summer and has already proven to be productive, scoring three times in as many Premier League games.
Lukaku scored a goal in the UEFA Super Cup loss to Real Madrid.
“He’s done great,” Van Nistelrooy said to Sky Sports.
“To score in your first games here after you have been transferred for a lot of money, it is nice to get that pressure out of the way and get your first goals in.
“He has done well. Not only scoring but also providing, making his runs and doing his work. So it looks good for the season.
“There’s always pressure to score here [at United] — but that also makes it interesting, dealing with that. The goals are expected and if you don’t score there is a lot of talk about you not scoring. Then there’s pressure on the next game.”
Van Nistelrooy is looking forward to seeing what the club can achieve this season.
“They had a great preseason and continued that at the start of the league,” Van Nistelrooy said.
“The only team with nine points, 10 goals and none against. They have had a wonderful start.
“The Champions League will start now so I’m very excited to see how they will do there. They look impressive at the moment and they can challenge this season for the big ones.”