Lukaku will score 30 goals for United this season, predicts Yorke

Former Manchester United forward Dwight Yorke believes Romelu Lukaku will continue to develop during his time at the club.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.   -  Getty Images

Romelu Lukaku will score 30 goals in all competitions for Manchester United this season and justify his large price tag, according to Dwight Yorke.

United paid a reported £75million to sign the Belgium international from Everton last July and he has so far struck 17 times in his first campaign for the club.

Lukaku has hit the net in successive appearances to start 2018 in fine form and Yorke — who won three Premier League titles and the Champions League at Old Trafford — believes criticism of the 24-year-old's performances has been unfair.

"I think he has done really well," Yorke told Omnisport. "Sometimes people can be unfair in terms of the numbers and the consistency but that is often enough when you go for a huge price tag and play for the likes of Manchester United — you are under certain scrutiny at certain times and you have got to be consistent. 

"I think that for me looking at him I always felt he was the right buy for us and he has already scored double figures — 16 or 17 goals already and we are only at the halfway mark.

"If he continues in that vein then he is going to get close to 30-plus goals and I think that is a pretty good return. At the end of the day, being a striker in that position you are always going to be judged on the number of goals and I am sure he is on course to do that, although people still point the finger at whether he is good enough or not. 

"But I have no doubt, he is still a young man and is developing and will get better as the years go by and with the expectation of being at Manchester United."

Lukaku's 11 Premier League goals leave the striker well off the rapid pace set by Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who has hit 20 goals in 22 league games as he chases a third successive Golden Boot.

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