Romelu Lukaku must have left Old Trafford on Tuesday night wondering how much Jose Mourinho really trusts him following the bizarre penalty incident in the second half of Manchester United’s Champions League clash against Benfica.
The Belgian striker was ready to end his five-game goal drought by scoring from the spot after Marcus Rashford was brought down inside the box in the 78th minute.
However, he stepped aside when Ander Herrera came up and had a quiet word in his ear.
Incredibly, that wasn’t the end of the drama, as Herrera was then forced to step aside when Daley Blind had a quiet word in *his* ear.
It was all very odd. Watch the incident in full HERE.
Scholes and Berbatov were disappointed with Lukaku
Paul Scholes and Dimitar Berbatov reacted to the incident inside the BT Sport studio after the match.
Both former United players were disappointed with Lukaku’s reaction and felt he should have demanded the spot-kick in order to end his long wait for a goal.
Lukaku hasn’t scored since the 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace on September 30.
“He has to demand it himself,” Scholes said. “I don't know if he's short on confidence... I don't know, but six games [without a goal], he gets that ball he pushes everybody out of the way 'I'm taking this and I'm getting on the score-sheet.”
Berbatov added: “You have to say... Ok, I'm not going to say it [on live TV] but take the ball, push them away; 'This is my goal, I need to score. I need this because I need the confidence back'.
“Then afterwards you can see he was a bit lost for confidence the way he was jogging towards the penalty box, not sprinting, he was jogging, losing that will to score because this was his moment and something happened.
“I don't know if the manager chose who was going to take the penalty-kick, but still.”
Video: Scholes and Berbatov discuss the incident
Watch Scholes and Berbatov discuss the incident here…
Lukaku couldn't go against his manager's instructions
However, there might have been severe repercussions for Lukaku had he gone against Jose Mourinho’s instructions.
The Portuguese coach admitted he didn’t want the former Everton star taking the spot-kick - and he explained why in a fascinating post-match interview which you can watch here…