Carrick warns Lukaku of ‘massive jump’ (from 7th to 6th)

Date published: Monday 17th July 2017 10:55

Michael Carrick says that Romelu Lukaku faces a “massive jump” from Everton to Manchester United.

Lukaku joined United in a £75million deal last week, having been courted by Chelsea for most of the summer.

The Belgian scored 24 goals last season for Everton, and has scored 85 goals in 186 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, West Brom and the Toffees.

Carrick, who underwent a similar move when he left Tottenham for Old Trafford in 2006, can empathise with his new teammate.

“The jump is massive,” Carrick told The Guardian. “I found that myself coming from Tottenham. It’s a massive jump. You can’t really explain to people until they’ve gone through it.

“I’m sure he’ll find the same. But having Premier League experience is a massive bonus. He’ll know how things work week to week. It’s just about dealing with the pressure.

“It’s early days. It’s one week’s training and 45 minutes against Galaxy so you can’t come to any conclusions.

“We know what he is all about, there are no surprises. We all know exactly what he brings and that is why he is here. He is not going to change his game because he has come here.

“He does what he does best and obviously he’s been brought here to score goals. I am pretty certain he will do that this season.

“When I came it was Roy Keane who came up [in comparison] but I’m my own man. Whoever comes in, you’re always your own man.

“He’ll be judged like anyone else: on what he does through the season and I’m sure he’s ready for that. The scrutiny will go up a level from what he’s used to. I’m sure he’s prepared for that and I’m sure he will do well.”

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