Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku believes he deserves ‘a bit more respect’ for his consistent goalscoring record throughout his career.
The 24-year old Belgian international has scored 27 times in 43 appearances for club and country this season, with his goal on Sunday against Chelsea coming as his 22nd in 40 games for United.
“I started playing when I was 16,” Lukaku said. “Year in, year out people expect 20 goals from me. I’ve been doing it for 10 years straight so I think I’ve proved myself.”
“You expect a bit more respect but it’s the situation we’re in. I don’t listen to it. I just want to improve and show the people what I can do on the pitch.”
Asked how he might receive more respect, Lukaku said: “If I win. I want to win [trophies]. As long as I win and lead my team to winning that’s when I will be really satisfied.”
Lukaku might have joined Chelsea in the summer instead of United when leaving Everton but he has since claimed that he has no regrets over his switch to United.
“When I make a choice it’s with my head and my heart,” he added. “I made the right choice for me. As you can see, I’m in a good situation. I’m with a manager and players who push me every day. The challenge is there to win and it’s something I wanted.”
“I can still improve everything about my game. I’m 24 and I think I have a lot of years ahead of me before my prime, so I’m never satisfied. I always want to improve and it’s a nice challenge.”
“We are still in the fight in two competitions. It’s not going to be easy but it’s a nice challenge.”