Manchester United youngster Axel Tuanzebe has paid tribute to Romelu Lukaku for the Belgian’s influence on the team in the early stages of the 2017-18 campaign.
Lukaku joined United from Everton during the summer, with the Red Devils believed to have paid an initial £75m to sign the 24-year-old from Goodison Park.
Lukaku has scored 11 times in 10 appearances in all competitions for his new club this season, including seven Premier League goals in just seven matches.
Tuanzebe, who is yet to feature for Jose Mourinho’s side this season, has claimed that Lukaku’s influence on the whole club has made him such an important figure at Old Trafford.
Tuanzebe told MUTV:
“For us as a team Romelu has been magnificent. He’s been the standout guy as the big man up top. He’s settled in very well. He can speak about seven languages so he can interact with everyone in the squad.
“He’s been a big inspiration to the team and a good role model. He’s a really good guy and off the pitch he talks to everyone and I think that’s a great attribute to have.”
United currently sit second in the Premier League table on 19 points – only behind rivals Manchester City on goal difference after seven matches of the 2017-18 campaign.
Next up for Mourinho’s unbeaten side is a trip to bitter rivals Liverpool after the international break.