Manchester United wing-back Antonio Valencia has no doubts about the potential impact of Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku scored on his competitive debut for United in their European Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.
“Lukaku has done a great job with the clubs that he has been at,” Valencia said.
“I am a kid next to Romelu! [Laughs] He truly is strong. I have seen him work on the field and in the gym. It’s truly incredible to see his strength, power and the intelligence he possesses. We hope it is a good year for him and the team.”
Having faced Lukaku many times in the Premier League before, and trained with him for the last six weeks, Valencia is certain in his response when asked if Romelu is a defender’s worst nightmare.
“Definitely,” the 31-year-old explains with a knowing smile. “He is strong, but he also has good movement around the field and if I am playing as a defender then I would not like to play against him!”
The big question, of course, is not about winning football matches or trophies, but who would win in an arm wrestle between Valencia and Lukaku!
“I think he would,” Antonio concedes. “He is too strong!”