Sep 17, 2017 at 4pm UK at ​Old Trafford
Attendance: 75,042
Man UtdManchester United
Valencia (4'), Mkhitaryan (84'), Lukaku (89'), Martial (92' pen.)
Bailly (82')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Williams (63')

Phil Jagielka: 'Stopping Romelu Lukaku will be tough'

Jagielka: 'Stopping Lukaku will be tough'
© Offside
Everton defender Phil Jagielka believes that Manchester United have a complete centre-forward on their hands after signing Romelu Lukaku in the summer.

Phil Jagielka has admitted that Everton have a real task on their hands preventing Romelu Lukaku from continuing his hot scoring streak for new club Manchester United.

The 24-year-old comes up against his former employers, where he spent four year of his career, for the first time on Sunday afternoon when the Toffees visit Old Trafford.

Jagielka knows all about Lukaku's goalscoring prowess, seeing him net 87 times in his 166 games for Everton, and the Englishman insists that replacing his goals in the side was never going to be straightforward.

"You normally get somebody who is physical but can't shift - but once Rom gets going there is no catching him," he told ESPN. "He is still a young man, but he is just about coming to the part of his career when you expect him to kick on. Hopefully that's not the case at Old Trafford on Sunday, but we expect him to be one of their key players. We knew Rom was going to go on to great things, and he has started his career at United fantastically well.

"He is a difficult player [to mark]. We have trained against him for quite a few years and played alongside him and, at the moment, we are obviously missing his goals. But the way football is, and the crazy way the market is, Rom left us. It's the way it goes, but when you have played with and alongside somebody for a while, there is a friendship there and a battle to want to come out on top. The only way we can do that is stopping him scoring. It's obviously vice-versa for him.

"How do we replace him? That's the million-dollar question. As soon as we knew that Rom would be on his way - and Ross [Barkley] has also not figured this season, so we have lost a few goals - we had to spread goals around the team and it's all about everyone else now. Gylfi [Sigurdsson] has come in, and hopefully if he can't score goals he can assist a high number.

"It's for the other boys now. Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] has come into the team after his great summer, Sandro has come in but not hit the ground running as far as goals go, but hopefully once we get through this tough period we will find some more fluidity further up the pitch."

Lukaku has scored six goals in six games for United since arriving in a £75m deal, including in three of his four Premier League outings.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring the second during the Premier League game between Manchester United and West Ham United on August 13, 2017
Read Next:
Mourinho: 'Lukaku joined at perfect time'
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Premier League
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Scottish League Two
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Premier League 2 - Div 2
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Australian A-League
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Russian Premier League
Turkish Super Lig
1Manchester CityMan City1211104073334
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd128222762126
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs127232091123
8Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton114341111015
10Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12435817-915
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle124261114-314
12Leicester CityLeicester123451618-213
15Stoke CityStoke113351322-912
17West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom12246918-910
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham112361123-129
19Swansea CitySwansea12228715-88
20Crystal Palace12129624-185