Lukaku Scores First Man United Goal In Win Over Salt Lake
Romelu Lukaku scored his first Manchester United goal on Monday as Premier League side overcame Real Salt Lake 2-1 in a friendly in Utah.
Lukaku, who joined the Red Devils from Everton in a reported 75 million pound ($98.2 million) transfer last week, fired United ahead on 38 minutes, latching on to a low cross from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The 24-year-old Belgian international striker had also been involved in United’s equaliser scored by Mkhitaryan in the 29th minute after Luis Silva had given Salt Lake a shock early lead.
United then lost Juan Mata to injury and Antonio Valencia to a red card.
“[Lukaku’s goal] is nice for him but not important for me,” said Mourinho.
“I told him I love what he does. He assists, he moves. He holds the ball well. I like everything he does.”
Mata limped off following a heavy challenge from Sebastian Saucedo but is expected to be out of action for a week at most.
Mourinho also fielded a new starting XI for the second half, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line for United.
United again struggled to impose themselves however, and their frustration boiled over when Antonio Valencia was sent off for a reckless lunge on Sebastian Saucedo midway through the second half.
United will face Manchester City in Houston on Thursday in the third game of their US tour.