What happened when Chris Smalling marked Romelu Lukaku in 2015


Romelu Lukaku has made a pretty incredible start to life at Manchester United, hasn’t he?

The Belgian striker has scored 11 goals in 10 appearances in all competitions since his move from Everton in the summer. In fact, Lukaku has been so good that the £75 million the Red Devils spent on him is already looking like a bargain.

Football fans shouldn’t be too surprised by Lukaku’s goal-haul at Old Trafford, though.

After all, during his four seasons at Everton - one on loan before three as a permanent player - he scored an impressive 87 goals.

It’s for that reason Jose Mourinho decided to spend such a large amount of money on him.

However, despite all of his goals, he didn’t have a particularly good record against United themselves before joining them.

He has played 12 times against his current club and only managed three goals. Incredibly, these all came in one match for West Brom as they drew 5-5 on Sir Alex Ferguson’s final match in charge.

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That means, Lukaku played eight matches for Everton against United without scoring.

What happened?

Well, when Everton took on Louis van Gaal’s United back in October 2015, there was one reason he failed to find the scoresheet during the 3-0 defeat - Chris Smalling.

We’ve discovered a YouTube video that shows how Smalling completely bullied Lukaku as goals from Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney saw the away side record a very convincing victory.

Watch: Smalling bullied Lukaku

Take a look:

What is also very interesting is the comments that some United fans have left.

“Absolute back pocket,” wrote one supporter.


Meanwhile, another suggests that Lukaku isn't actually very good.

“Lukaku is a rather overrated player, he’s huge but he doesn’t have the best first touch.

“He also isn’t very agile so he can’t turn very well probably due to his bulk. If he does turn, he has decent ability on the ball but if you don’t let him turn he can’t hurt you. Smalling did well and so did the analysts who prepared him.”



How times have changed in two years.

Lukaku is now banging in the goals for United while Smalling is failing to play regular first-team football at the club.

We wonder what happens in training between the two...

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