Despite not scoring a goal in his first mach for Manchester United, Romelu Lukaku earned praise as his side defeated LA Galaxy 5-2 on Saturday. The Belgian striker, who has recently been signed from Everton, was praised by manager Jose Mourinho on his debut.
Mourinho said that Lukaku is an unselfish team player. “He is a team player. He is not selfish and not obsessed with goals,” Mourinho said. “He was not worried about himself, he was worried about the improvement of the team. So that’s all good.”
As Lukaku came to the Old Trafford side, former captain Wayne Rooney left for his boyhood club Everton after 13-years with the club. “Comparing Rooney with Lukaku is comparing the incomparable,” Mourinho said.
The match, that took place in Los Angeles, also saw Mourinho hand a debut to Swedish defender Victor Lindelof as a second half substitute. He rested several of the United players and made 11 changes in the first match of the pre-season, which saw two goals in the first 20 minutes from Marcus Rashford.
The other three goals were scored by Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Matrial, before Giovani dos Santos and Dave Romney scored for Galaxy towards the end.
United will now play against Real Salt Lake in Utah on Monday, followed by friendlies against Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona before leaving back for Europe.