Romelu Lukaka scores against Huddersfield but could he play against the big boys?

Romelu Lukaku

 

Romelu Lukaku played against Huddersfield Town and it looks like he used his brute strength to score against them.

Huddersfield could not just stop him. But despite his good performance on Saturday, some are still questioning his talent as he has only been able to score against teams that are in the bottom half.

Manchester United transfer him from Everton for £75 million but it looks like he still has no big moments until now.

While he also was able to muster four shots on target against big teams but it is not the goals that are lacking but performances.

Romelu Lukaku

 

So far, Lukaku has not made devastating counter attacks against bigger teams that prevented them from challenging Manchester City for the title.

It can be seen that he has the confidence to do so and he has the attributes of a great player, but he still does not have the killer instinct like what Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane possess.

If Lukaku cannot make the goals that matter, he may not be able to have fans remember him in ten years’ time.

For now, fans can celebrate the two goals he made against Huddersfield.

 

 

 

Romelu Lukaku failed to score during Manchester derby

Romelu Lukaku

 

Romelu Lukaku has been struggling in Manchester United as he has only scored two goals in his past 14 games in all competitions. He also failed to score during their game against Manchester City where Manchester United got defeated 2-1.

Former Manchester United captain and full-back Gary Neville see Lukaku as struggling with his team and he is concerned over the £75 million striker.

“You look at him today and he struggled,” Neville said.

“I’m not just talking about struggling in terms of missing a chance, he struggled with being in the game and being confident in the game.

“He’s got to get over that quickly as he’s Manchester United’s centre-forward.

“He’s a young lad but he needs to get to the point where he believes he should be out there – it’s like he doesn’t believe it in this period.”

The Belgium international striker failed to clear the ball as both David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi scored for City. He was also denied a goal by City goalkeeper Ederson from close range.

Could Ibrahimovic bring the best out of Romelu Lukaku?

Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

 

The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United could bring the best out of Romelu Lukaku that is according to Andy Cole.

Jose Mourinho has already handed the No. 9 shirt of Ibrahimovic to Lukaku over the summer.

“I’m excited,” Cole said.

“I was fortunate to be in that position at United, having other players after your place and that competition brings the best out of you.

Andy Cole

 

“I have no doubts it will bring the best out of Lukaku. He expected Zlatan to get fit at some stage.

“He started the season very well. He has found it difficult in a few games because the team didn’t create a lot of chances, and the team didn’t play as well as it could have, but I think he will be okay. I definitely think Zlatan will bring the best out of him.”

Lukaku made an impressive start at United but was halted with a seven-game drought. However, he was able to recover as part of a 4-1 win over Newcastle United.

Ibrahimovic also had a short appearance during the Newcastle game and was his first appearance after his injury in April.

Could Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku play together?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku

 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back and while he only did a cameo during their win over Newcastle, most are asking if Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku could play together.

Most know that Ibrahimovic’s ego is really big and he can really positively affect those around him. With Lukaku’s drought finally ended as he gave the final goal in the 4-1 win, this could give the Belgian confidence to hold his own against Ibrahimovic’s personality.

Former Liverpool and England defender Carragher said: “Lukaku’s goal could be the most important in that 4-1 victory, because, if we are talking about Zlatan and the effect he is going to have on Manchester United – and it is brilliant for United to have a player of that quality – but when he comes on, it’s hilarious, he tells Lukaku to get on the right wing and Lukaku does it. Zlatan is not going to do that job, and Lukaku doesn’t want to do that either.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

 

“The goal, the confidence it will give Lukaku having not scored in a while, and the big man’s back calling himself a lion. I don’t know if he (Zlatan) will have too much mentally and if it will effect Lukaku.

“You can imagine Zlatan in training, telling Lukaku to get on the right wing. Sooner or later, Lukaku is going to have to tell him, no you get on the right wing, I’m the £90m centre-forward. I don’t think they can play together.”

Ex-Premier League striker Craig Bellamy also thinks the same as Carragher and suggests that United should delicately balance how to keep their strikers happy.

“The concern with Zlatan is that he always has been the main man wherever he has been. I imagine Lukaku really looks up to him.

“The energy Zlatan creates, it will be all about him, he’s always known it that way. You can talk about the team, but forwards have to be different, you have to be that little bit selfish in what you do for the team, it needs to be about you because that is where you get your confidence, you win games.

Romelu Lukaku

 

“Lukaku can’t play anywhere else apart from up front. There are going to be a lot of games, they are both going to get a lot of game time, the problem is when the big games arrive, later stages of Champions League, who is going to play in those”.

Romelu Lukaku’s goals have dried up against big Premier League opponents

Romelu Lukaku

 

Romelu Lukaku still has to answer his ability to thrive in Manchester United’s biggest games according to Kevin Kilbane.

United signed Lukaku for £75 million from Everton and was able score seven times in seven games in the Premier League as his way of showing a great start at Old Trafford.

However, Lukaku’s goals have now dried up and could not connect to the net in recent weeks.

The expensive summer signing has without a goal in five outings after last weekend’s 1-0 loss to defending champions Chelsea.

The 24-year-old has also failed to find the net against teams like Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Former Everton defender thinks Lukaku is now facing serious questions about his big- game temperament following a series of disappointing performances.

Kevin Kilbane

 

“Lukaku had 24 touches but only one touch in the area. That’s another big game that has bypassed Lukaku.

“The question about him performing in bigger games will always be hanging over his head.”

Former England striker Alan Shearer, on the other hand, urged Lukaku to become more selfish when it comes to his goalscoring.

Romelu Lukaku

 

Jose Mourinho has refused to criticise Lukaku and asked fans to get behind the striker after signs of frustrations began for the Belgium international.

“When you’re on a barren spell, forget everything about going out wide, about coming deep, thinking I’m not getting a touch of the ball,” Shearer said on the BBC’s Match of the Day.

“It’s time to be selfish. Width of the 18-yard box, that’s what he’s got to think about. He isn’t going to score by running into corners.

“Let the people create the chances for you. He’s a goal-scorer and he’s getting judged on scoring goals.”

 

Dejan Lovren accuses Romelu Lukaku of intentionally kicking him in the head

Dejan Lovren

 

It is not yet over between Dejan Lovren and Romelu Lukaku after the latter flicked a boot into Lovren’s face.

The Liverpool defender spoke regarding the incident and insisted that Lukaku did it intentionally.

Shortly before half-time, the Croatia international and the Manchester United striker clashed with resulted for Lovren to roll around the floor holding his face.

Referee Martin Atkinson did not punish the Belgium international, and the FA confirmed on Monday that Lukaku would not face retrospective action after reviewing the incident. The panel agreed with Atkinson despite the centre-back claimed that the former Everton star’s foot had connected with his cheekbone.

“I made a tackle there. I just felt he was over me and he could move away but, to be honest, my point of view is that he did it on purpose,” said Lovren ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League match in Maribor.

“Even if he did it normally he would apologise after that but I saw he was nervous during the game so maybe that was also the reason.”

When asked if he was disappointed that Lukaku did not get any further punishment, he said: “That happened on the pitch and it is over.

“I cannot change it and no-one can change it so that is what I am thinking about.

“This is not my decision. I cannot say I am disappointed but it is what it is. We need to move on. That is football, part of the game.”

Liverpool fans mad with Romelu Lukaku for stamping on Dejan Lovren

Romelu Lukaku and Dejan Lovren

Liverpool fans are mad with Romelu Lukaku after not receiving a ban for his alleged stamp on Dejan Lovren in the Red’s draw with Manchester United.

Lukaku appeared to catch the centre-back in the face with his boot during their game but avoided a booking.

Lovren was feeling the pain from the incident, rolled around on the ground and held his face.

Dejan Lovren

Lukaku also wiped out Liverpool defender Joe Gomex during the Saturday game which he was lucky enough miss a card again for the reckless challenge.

Both incidents sparked anger from the Anfield crowd and questioned referee Martin Atkinson for declaring the contact as accidental which the FA agreed.

Liverpool fans took to Twitter to their dismay with Lukaku and thought that he should have had the book thrown at him for his recklessness.

 

Romelu Lukaku may not play for World Cup qualifier Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Belgium

Romelu Lukaku

 

Romelu Lukaku may just have to rest for a while as he may not play against Bosnia-Herzegovina for Belgium’s away World Cup qualifier.

Although the Manchester United striker received positive results regarding his ankle injury this week, Belgium boss Roberto Martinez does not want to risk Lukaku.

Belgium are already assured of winning Group H and allowing Lukaku to play may be a greater risk for them if his condition gets worst.

“At the moment, Romelu is working separately,” Martinez told reporters.

“He has not joined the group yet since he arrived. We need to be a little bit patient.

“I would say he is very uncertain for Saturday. We will make a decision probably on Friday, but I would say that it is a little bit difficult for him to be involved on Saturday.

“But we are still hopeful he will be involved on Tuesday [against Cyprus].”

Lukaku will be training and will stay fit for their match in Sarajevo.

“He wants to play. He came with a little bit of a sore ankle. It is important that he gets that fully recovered. It is a period of the season that is really busy.

“We will give it as long as we can to make the final call but he is very uncertain for Saturday.”

Manchester United latest injury update; Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jones still injured?

romelu lukaku in Belgium jersey
Romelu Lukaku in Belgium jersey.

 

Monday was not a good day for Manchester United as some of their top players finished with an injury.

Phil Jones had to miss the training session earlier in the day because of an injury and had to withdraw from playing with the squad on Monday.

The biggest concern most United fans have though is with Romelu Lukaku after seeing that he also sat out Belgium’s training.

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku in training.

 

Good news for Lukaku’s fans is that Belgium has given the star player his medical tests and has now removed any indications that the centre-forward has any serious injuries.

Kristof Terrreur twitted that Lukaku’s scan indicated no ligament damage or fractures in his ankle but it is still unclear on whether he could play against Bosnia or Cyprus as Belgium have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

 

Alvaro Morata vs Romelu Lukaku – who wins?

Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku

 

The question in most minds if Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata and Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku are compared and according to pundit Alejandro Moreno, Morata would win.

Alvaro Morata moved to Chelsea after the club failed to sign Romelu Lukaku and instead decided to move to United.

While Lukaku has already created a lot of buzz after netting eight times in as many games for his new club, Moreno still had no hesitation in choosing Morata over the Belgian international.

Alejandro Moreno

 

“I said all along that I feel Morata has a lot more to his game than Lukaku does,” Moreno said during his interview with ESPN FC.

“That doesn’t mean that Lukaku’s not going to score goals for Manchester United, which I have maintained all along, he will score those goals.

“I just think Morata gives you more than Lukaku does.”

Morata has already made a fast start at Chelsea and has scored six times in six Premier League matches.

Chelsea will go against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday while United will play on the same night at CSKA Moscow.