Lukaku returns to former club Chelsea today after failing to score in six matches but Mata insists he has his team-mates’ backing.
The Belgian became the most expensive striker in United’s history at £75million and struck 11 times in his first 10 games. But his goals have dried up at the same time as Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has stopped scoring and Mata thinks both will find the net again before too long.
United midfielder Mata said: “It’s only a matter of time when he scores. It is the same with Morata. He was scoring a lot and now he isn’t. Strikers have different moments… It will not affect him.
“Obviously he wants to score and strikers are happy when they score. It helps their confidence. This kind of person doesn’t get angry, even when he doesn’t score, if the team wins.
“He has been playing at a very high level since he was very, very young. When we played together at Chelsea he was 18 or 19. He had been scoring a lot of goals in Belgium, so I think he is used to that and it is not a problem for him. He is a positive character and I think that helps him.”
United snatched Lukaku from Everton when Antonio Conte wanted to take him back to Stamford Bridge.
He never scored in 15 games for Chelsea and returns to Stamford Bridge as one of Manchester United’s former Blues, along with Mata, Nemanja Matic and boss Jose Mourinho.
“They will cope with it,” Mata said. “Once you are on the pitch you try to forget and do your best.
“I believe Romelu and Nemanja will manage to focus on the important thing, which is the game.”
Mata was a Champions League winner at Chelsea and has also lifted the Europa League, FA Cup and the League Cup, but he said his dream is to become a champion of England.
He added: “I would love to win a Premier League here. The reaction from the fans when we won the FA Cup and Europa League was incredible, so to imagine them celebrating winning the Premier League gives me goosebumps.”
Published at Sat, 04 Nov 2017 22:30:00 +0000