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Romelu Lukaku ended Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign with a hat-trick in a game where Michael Carrick was captain – the Chelsea star could now return to haunt the former manager who made him a ‘better player’ and end a record terrible against Man United


Michael Carrick could come up against a familiar face in what will likely be his last game as interim Manchester United boss.

The former midfielder will lead the Red Devils against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon where they will face the enormous challenge of facing one of the fittest teams in Europe.

Michael Carrick to face a familiar face at Stamford Bridge

However, if Carrick is to collect valuable three points, he will need to silence a player who has the potential to come back and haunt him.

Romelu Lukaku is set to come back from injury this weekend and looks certain to play against his former employers at Stamford Bridge.

It’s safe to say that the Belgian striker has made a huge impression on Carrick during his career so far, but where did it all start? We will have to go back to 2013 for this one…

Romelu Lukaku ended Sir Alex Ferguson's reign with a hat-trick in a game where Michael Carrick was captain - the Chelsea star could now return to haunt the former manager who made him a 'better player' and end a record terrible against Man United
Romelu Lukaku made big statement with hat-trick against United in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game

Hat trick hero

It was May 19, 2013 and a day that will be remembered for one of the craziest football matches in Premier League history.

Sir Alex Ferguson was leading Manchester United in his last game as club manager when they traveled to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion.

Leading the line for the Baggies was a fresh-faced young forward by the name of Romelu Lukaku who nearly ruined Fergie’s final hurray by scoring a hat-trick against the Red Devils in a game that would end with a staggering 5- 5.

The Manchester United captain in Ferguson’s last clash as manager? None other than current interim boss Michael Carrick.

Lukaku’s performance for West Brom earned him a first loan at Everton the following season, but it wouldn’t be long before Carrick played a much more practical role in the forward’s development.

Romelu Lukaku ended Sir Alex Ferguson's reign with a hat-trick in a game where Michael Carrick was captain - the Chelsea star could now return to haunt the former manager who made him a 'better player' and end a record terrible against Man United
Carrick and Lukaku have experienced several battles over the years

“Your sense of detail has really helped me a lot”

The summer of 2017 saw Romelu Lukaku move for £ 75million to Old Trafford where he would become a teammate with Michael Carrick.

The two would only spend one season together as players, with the midfielder accepting an offer to join the coaching staff in the summer of 2018.

With Carrick’s playing days over, he decided to help United’s first team players improve on the training ground, something Lukaku was extremely grateful for as he shared an open letter with the club’s website.

He wrote: “Michael – first of all I want to say a big thank you for what you have done for me since January.

“I mean not a lot of people will know that now we do video sessions after every game to prepare for the next game and like I said sometimes you think those video sessions don’t help me move on. before, but they do it because I’ve become a better player and become a better version of myself.

Romelu Lukaku ended Sir Alex Ferguson's reign with a hat-trick in a game where Michael Carrick was captain - the Chelsea star could now return to haunt the former manager who made him a 'better player' and end a record terrible against Man United
Romelu Lukaku and Michael Carrick were teammates for one season at Old Trafford

“I think it also starts in training when we do the extra bits and the extra drills to become a better player. Your attention to detail has really helped me a lot more. I have had a lot of mentors in my young career and you are definitely one of them.

“I hope you can continue this process next season. It will be a pleasure to work with you in the staff next season. Hope I can improve the things you want me to improve.

“Good luck with your career and I hope to see you in the preseason so we can start a new chapter in the work we do.”

This mutual respect and professional relationship would continue into the 2018-19 season before Lukaku decided to join Inter Milan, where he truly announced himself as one of the deadliest strikers in world football.

Romelu Lukaku ended Sir Alex Ferguson's reign with a hat-trick in a game where Michael Carrick was captain - the Chelsea star could now return to haunt the former manager who made him a 'better player' and end a record terrible against Man United
Michael Carrick was a key figure in Romelu Lukaku’s development at Old Trafford

“We are well aware of what it brings”

After two hugely successful seasons with Inter Milan, Lukaku completed his move to Chelsea over the summer in response to their attacking problems.

After a turbulent start to the season, the Belgian striker suffered an ankle injury which has kept him away in recent weeks.

However, he could now make his long-awaited Premier League return on Sunday afternoon against his former employers Manchester United.

Lukaku has only scored in one of his 11 Premier League games with United – the 5-5 draw in his West Brom days – but it would be typical for the powerful striker to rack up more misery on the Red Devils after a few tough weeks in their season.

Romelu Lukaku ended Sir Alex Ferguson's reign with a hat-trick in a game where Michael Carrick was captain - the Chelsea star could now return to haunt the former manager who made him a 'better player' and end a record terrible against Man United
Lukaku set to feature after long absence with ankle injury

Of course, Michael Carrick will lead United on Sunday and found the time to discuss his long history with Lukaku, saying: “It’s like it was a long time ago!

“Lukaku went to Italy and did very well, then went to Chelsea. It will be good to see Rom again.

“He is a great footballer, scoring goals wherever he is. If Rom plays, we are well aware of what he brings.

Whether the 28-year-old will be in good shape to start the game at Stamford Bridge remains to be seen, but when he enters the fray Carrick will be hopeful that his playing history with and against the forward will serve them well. well in a crucial Premier League clash.

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