The Man United XI that Romelu Lukaku tore apart

Alex Caple

With Man United spending upwards of £75m on Romelu Lukaku, it’s safe to say he’s left a hell of an impression on them. The 25 goals he hit for Everton last season will have been a huge part of that, let alone the fact that the only players with more Premier League goals by his age are Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney.

The first time he left an impression on United, however, will have been in 2013 when Lukaku came off the bench to score a hat-trick in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge. Many United fans will have left that game hoping to add Lukaku to their side, but they may not have guessed at how few of United’s team that day he’d be joining.

The game finished 5-5 on the day, somehow. United raced into a 3-1 lead at half-time, only for Lukaku to come off the bench and score a hat-trick, netting the equaliser four minutes from time. A lot has changed since then – United have a new manager, as well as not one, but two professional dabbers in their midfield. Lukaku will be hoping to have the staying power of Carrick, rather than Buttner.

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