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Romelu Lukaku scores his first Man United goal as Antonio Valencia is sent off in bizarre circumstances

Belgian target man coolly rounded the keeper after a superb pass from Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Forget all those first touch montages you’ve seen.

Last night Romelu Lukaku reminded everyone why Man United paid for £75million for him — he scores goals.

The Belgian target man opened his Man United account in Utah with a composed finish after Henrikh Mkhitaryan had put him in with delicious pass.

Lukaku took his goal well and was understandably delighted

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Lukaku took his goal well

United fans will be hoping the winner was the first of many as Lukaku showed signs of comfort in Jose Mourinho’s system as the Premier League side beat Salt Lake City 2-1.

Take a look at the 24-year-old’s first United goal here…

Having missed two good chances in the first game of the tour, Lukaku may have been feeling a bit of pressure to open his account.

Especially after the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Mo Salah and Wayne Rooney all scored in their first games for their respective Premier League clubs.


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Juan Mata was taken off injured

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Juan Mata was taken off injured

United came from behind to lead at the break here against another opponent from the MLS.

They did not have it all their own way, as against LA Galaxy in their first match, and even had Antonio Valencia sent off in strange circumstances in the second-half.

Sebastian Saucedo left the stadium on crutches after Valencia’s tackle

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Sebastian Saucedo left the stadium on crutches after Valencia’s tackle

Real Salt Lake took the lead in the 23rd minute as Jefferson Savarino slid in Joao Plato who held off Phil Jones and clipped the ball past Joel Pereira.

It took just six minutes before United were on level terms with Lukaku involved in the build up finding Lingard who put Mkhitaryan in.

Unmarked he finished with a left foot shot into the far bottom corner.

As in the first game Jose Mourinho changed his whole eleven for the second period, Salt Lake changed all their’s after just half an hour.

Mkhitaryan equalised before Lukaku’s winner

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Mkhitaryan equalised before Lukaku’s winner

Mourinho was having to make another change, however, just short of the hour when Juan Mata was clattered and limped off, with Demetri Mitchell coming on.

He couldn’t replace Antonio Valencia when he came off after 68 minutes.

The athletic right-back had gone in hard on Sebastian Saucedo and got an immediate talking too from referee Allen Chapman.

There was then a good two minutes in which the ref went over to talk to Mourinho and apparently gave him the option of subbing Valencia.

When the Special One refused, the ref showed Valencia a red card.

The whole thing reeked of a pre-season tour friendly.

Romelu Lukaku grew into his role as the game went on

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Romelu Lukaku grew into his role as the game went on

United now head to Houston where they will face local rivals Man City.


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