Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata Heaps Praise on Hitman Lukaku for His Goal Tally

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Mata Heaps Praise on Hitman Lukaku for His Goal Tally

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ROMELU Lukaku is setting the pace in the race for the Golden Boot - and the United hitman is being inspired by the challenge.

United's £75m summer buy leads the striker's battle with seven Premier League goals.

Breathing down his neck is City's Sergio Aguero, Tottenham's Harry Kane and Chelsea's Alvaro Morata.

Reds midfielder Juan Mata believes the fight to be top marksman is bringing out the best in Lukaku, but he admits he's surprised by the Belgian's 11-goal storming opening to his Old Trafford career.

"It's a lot of goals, especially when you come to a new environment. I knew he would score a lot but I didn't know he would do it so quick, that's true," said Mata.

"He gives a lot more to the team, too, but for a striker it's important to score, especially when you see other strikers are scoring and I believe that is what he feels. …

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