Romelu Lukaku is grilled on his first touch and physicality in honest interview [Bleacher Report]

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Manchester United's recent struggles have often been blamed on two people in particular - Jose Mourinho and Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian's hefty price tag of £75 million along with his polarising style of play has meant that the 25-year-old has had to carry the majority of Man United's criticism on his shoulders.

The big striker has only netted four times in 12 games in the league this season, with the last coming against Watford in September.

Lukaku has often been ridiculed for lacking a competent first touch and in recent months concerns over his change in physique have emerged.

Mourinho eventually dropped the out-of-form striker for four games in what was a shocking yet inevitable move. 

Lukaku disagrees with 'poor physique' claim

Lukaku's exemption seemed to free up fellow forward Anthony Martial - who is out of contract in the summer - with the Frenchman currently United's top scorer with six.

In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Lukaku addressed the on-going criticism from fans and pundits alike. 

"First touch? You improve on it every day.

"Negativity about my physique? That’s some BS. I’m one of the strongest players in the league. I never get injured.

"Lack of goals? Yeah, that’s something that bothers me.”

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Despite criticism surrounding his manager, Lukaku has underlined how strong his relationship is with Mourinho.

"I will go through a brick wall for him and he knows it.

He will be honest with you and tell you how it is, If you can’t deal with that, that’s a big problem."

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The Belgian has an opportunity to end his recent drought this evening as Manchester United take on Young Boys in the Champions League.

If results go United's way, a win for the Red Devils will see them safely into the Round of 16 with a game to spare.

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