Romelu Lukaku claims gestures towards Everton fans were ‘just banter’

Romelu Lukaku says his strike for Manchester United against former club Everton was just “another goal”, and says his gestures towards Toffees fans was “banter”.

Lukaku, who joined Manchester United from Everton in the summer, said he had meant no disrespect to the Everton fans in cupping his hand to his ear when he scored, and shushing the travelling fans when he set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal.

 

United won 4-0 at Old Trafford, thanks to goals from Antonio Valencia, Lukaku, Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s another goal, really, but I’m happy with the win and staying near the top of the league.

“It’s just a bit of banter, with the free-kick I missed, they booed me. It’s just football. “

United now have 13 points from a possible 15 in the Premier League this season, and the Belgian striker says he had to remain patient on Sunday but knew his chance would come.

“Years after years I know I have to stay patient, keep planning and believing the ball will fall my way, keeping the same focus. And luckily it did fall my way.

We could have scored more I think in the first half. We weren’t clinical enough, but then Everton created a lot of problems in midfield.

“Second half Everton had a lot of control, but in the end with the quality we had we made the difference.

“We don’t really look at the opponents, we just try to look at ourselves. We just try to improve game after game.”

Xavier

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