The Manchester United striker has not scored for the club in seven games, but it is working hard to build an understanding with club mates
Things have not quite clicked for Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United yet, the striker has suggested.
For Belgium, he is a prolific goal scorer, having struck up and understanding with Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens, but it has been harder at club level alongside equally talented players like Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Since joining from Everton in a £75m transfer in 2017, Lukaku has scored 20 Premier League goals for the club, with 31 in 63 overall. However, his last goals for the club came in the 2-1 win at Watford on 15 September.
The 25-year-old is his country’s top scoring player with 45 goals in 79 games and, when asked why he scores more frequently with his national side, he said: “I don’t know. With Belgium I’ve been playing for 10 years, since I was 16. Players know me much more.
“Here I still think my teamwork between myself and my team-mates can improve and be much better. It’s something that we’re working on.
“The players need to know me and know my movement. When that starts clicking I think the results I have with Belgium will also come here.”
United host Juventus, but will do so without Sanchez, who misses through injury, along with Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones, Scott McTominay and Diogo Dalot, all of whom missed training on Monday.
For Juventus, Emre Can will not feature and striker Mario Mandzukic has not travelled.
Lukaku recently talked up his Champions League opponents, who lead Group H with six points to United’s four.
“Juve have a great project in place and they just keep going. Every year they try to get stronger,” Lukaku told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Without doubt, Juve are one of the two-three best teams in Europe. They’ve got a great Coach on the bench and extraordinary players in every area of the team.
“Cristiano Ronaldo stands out, but watch out for the others too. Paulo Dybala is already impressive and getting stronger, while I love Douglas Costa. He’s an exceptional signing and his career shows he always makes the difference.”