Romelu Lukaku has revealed that Roberto Martinez instructed him to watch three strikers in order to improve his overall game.

The Manchester United striker is set to take to the field in a friendly against Japan tonight and is hoping to build in his two-goal haul against Mexico on Friday.

Prior to that double, Lukaku had a barren spell in front of goal. Having moved to Old Trafford in the summer for £75 million, the former Chelsea man started like a house on fire, scoring 12 goals in his first 11 games.

However, he then went seven games without a goal in all competitions and drew plenty of criticism.

The Anderlecht youth product acknowledges that at 24, despite already having 156 club goals to his name, there is plenty of room to improvement for him.

And he revealed that when at Everton, playing under Martinez, who is now his national team boss, he was told to study three strikers and their movement - the trio being Real Madrid legend Hugo Sanchez, PSG's prolific marksman Edinson Cavani and West Ham striker Javier Hernandez.

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"I've improved my movement, especially in the box," he told Belgian outlet DH, via The Mirror.

"Two years ago, at Everton, Roberto Martinez made me watch videos of my own movement, but also those of other strikers like Hugo Sanchez, Edinson Cavani and Chicharito.

"You need to sit down and watch the Uruguayan's movement inside the box. It's incredible. On top of that, I worked three times a week on my runs inside the box with my coaches."

Clearly Lukaku is well aware that he's not the finished article and said that people still stop judging him as if he is.

"I think a lot of people are judging me as the finished article," he said during an interview with Thierry Henry for Sky Sports.

"I'm 24. You can't judge me as the finished article. I'd rather have a career where year after year I improve rather than going to the top and decline.

"I know I have a lot of talent, I know I can do a lot of stuff. I can score goals with my left, with my right, with the head but I want to be a creator, I want to have more assists, I want to make sure that when my team is in difficulties that they can count on me.

"I want to be a winner. It's not about me as an individual, I want to win, and I think here I'm at the perfect stage and at the perfect age where I can take my career to the next level."

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