Incredible Lukaku can score 25 goals for Man Utd, says Man City star De Bruyne

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The striker impressed with a goal against his new side's rivals on Thursday and earned praise from De Bruyne, who expects great things of him

Manchester United's new signing Romelu Lukaku has been named one of the world's best strikers by Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, who expects him to score around 25 goals per season at Old Trafford.

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The 24-year-old striker reunited with Jose Mourinho in a £75 million move from Everton after scoring 25 goals in 37 Premier League games for the Toffees last term.

A lot is expected of Lukaku at United, and he gave a taste of what is to come when he scored in their 2-0 win over City in the International Champions Cup on Thursday.

And De Bruyne is sure his Belgium team-mate will live up to the hype after his big move, insisting he "can be awesome" for his club rivals.

“I think he’ll do very well,” De Bruyne told reporters. “Everyone knows what his qualities are and he will do what he has to do.

“There’s a lot said about these big transfers, people mock him and other players on social media. You know it’s there, but you just can’t care about that. You just have to do your job and I think he’ll score 20 to 25 goals for United a season and that will speak for itself.

“If you see his ratio of goals, it’s incredible. He’s one of the best in the world and what is he, 24? You can say that about him at that age.

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“Obviously he has his way of playing‚ don’t compare him to a Lionel Messi. He’s a big, physical guy and can be awesome."

After making the move to Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011, Lukaku has netted 85 goals in the Premier League and made 28 assists in 186 appearances across spells at the Blues, West Bromwich Albion and Everton.

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