Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he is still developing as a striker and urged his critics not to judge him too harshly during his current dry spell.
However, since then Lukaku has gone six matches in all competitions without a goal, and manager Jose Mourinho has been on the warpath with the club's supporters after interpreting boos from some of the Old Trafford faithful when he replaced Marcus Rashford with match-winner Anthony Martial during last week's 1-0 win over Tottenham as a lack of support for Lukaku.
The imminent return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is only sure to increase the scrutiny on his performances, but Lukaku says it is important for his critics to realise he still has plenty to learn.
"I think a lot of people are judging me as the finished article," Lukaku told Sky Sports.
"I'm 24 - you can't judge me as the finished article. I'd rather have a year where I improve, improve, improve rather than going straight to the top and then declining.
"I know I have a lot of talent. I can do a lot of stuff, score goals with my left, right and head. But I want to be a creator - I want to have more assists. I want to make sure when my team is having difficulties they can count on me.
"I'm on the perfect stage and the perfect age. I want to be a winner and take my career to the next level."
The 24-year-old comes up against his former side Chelsea on Sunday as the Red Devils visit Stamford Bridge looking for a win to prevent Manchester City from extending their lead at the top of the Premier League.