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Romelu Lukaku could be even better than Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Manchester United – five things we learnt from win over Manchester City

MANCHESTER UNITED beat cross-town rivals Man City in Houston on Thursday night.

New signing Romelu Lukaku was on the score sheet for Jose Mourinho’s men as they won the first ever Manchester derby to be played outside the UK.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates after giving Manchester United the lead in Houston
Romelu Lukaku celebrates after giving Manchester United the lead in Houston
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Romelu Lukaku slotted home from a tight angle to give United the lead
Romelu Lukaku slotted home from a tight angle to give United the lead
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Marcus Rashford also netted in a comfortable win for the Red Devils.

Here are five things we learnt from NRG Stadium in Houston.

Early signs Luk good

ROMELU LUKAKU produced another clinical finish to score again in a Manchester United shirt.

The £75m Belgian looks to be in fine form in front of goal and has another dimension that Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn’t have.

Lukaku was able to spin in behind defenders using his pace and will be a real handful for anyone he comes up against this season.

Romelu Lukaku was a constant threat to the Man City defence in another impressive display
Romelu Lukaku was a constant threat to the Man City defence in another impressive display
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Man United's main man last season, and Romelu Lukaku could be even better than he was
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Man United’s main man last season, and Romelu Lukaku could be even better than he was
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Devilish duo

LUKAKU was a menace up front, but Rashford could be the perfect compliment with his pace from the flank.

Rashford had a real battle with City’s new right back Kyle Walker in the first half, and his goal came from the other side.

That, much like Lukaku’s, was another clinical finish.

Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford celebrate after both scoring in Houston
Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford celebrate after both scoring in Houston
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Ed case

EDERSON looked solid enough in the Man City goal, apart from one Claudio Bravo-esque rush of blood.

The 23-year-old was caught in no man’s land by Lukaku for Man United’s opening goal as he charged off his line.

City really need a goalkeeper they can trust, like Joe Hart a few years back, especially after Bravo’s performances last season.

Man City goalkeeper Ederson was caught in no man's land for Romelu Lukaku's opening goal
Man City goalkeeper Ederson was caught in no man’s land for Romelu Lukaku’s opening goal
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No pep in their step

UNITED have already played two games on their tour of the US and looked to be sharper, fitter and fresher than Pep Guardiola’s men.

This was Man City’s first of only four pre-season fixtures and Guardiola has a task on his hand getting his side ready for the opening game of the season against Brighton on August 12.

For both first-half goals, City were carved apart all too easily with their United counterparts half a yard quicker.

Pep Guardiola issues instructions to his Man City team
Pep Guardiola issues instructions to his Man City team
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Paul Pogba tests the defensive skills of new Manchester United signing Victor Lindelof during TABLE TENNIS battle!

TV battle

MANCHESTER UNITED still rule the town in a commercial sense.

This derby was only available to UK viewers through United's club channel MUTV.

The Red Devils station have exclusive rights to all United pre-season friendlies, meaning City fans wanting to watch the game had to subscribe to their rivals' channel.

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