Romelu Lukaku’s second season at Manchester United has been extremely disappointing so far.
The £75 million forward, who scored 27 goals in 51 games for the Red Devils last season, has struggled with form and confidence this term - despite impressing for Belgium at the 2018 World Cup finals in the summer.
Lukaku has only managed to find the net six times in 21 matches this season; a poor return for a striker of his calibre, leading the line at one of the world’s biggest clubs.
His goal against Southampton earlier this month ended a run of 12 games and 981 minutes without scoring for United in all competitions.
His goal against Fulham at the weekend, meanwhile, was his first at Old Trafford since March.
Lukaku’s confidence has looked shot to pieces at times in recent weeks, with his first touch suffering as a result.
In every match he’s played in recent weeks, there have been examples of Lukaku failing to control the ball, tripping over the ball, and even injuring himself after miscontrolling the ball.
His suspect technique was one of the big talking points when United signed Lukaku in the summer of 2017 - but now it’s becoming a real problem.
The 25-year-old was handed a 3/10 rating by the Manchester Evening News for his performance in the 2-1 defeat away at Valencia on Wednesday night.
The MEN’s Samuel Luckhurst added: “His heavy first touch denied United an early goalscoring chance and things did not improve for Lukaku, who may have played his way out of the Liverpool side.”
Meanwhile, a compilation video showing Lukaku’s touches from the match at the Mestalla has been posted on social media - and it’s both eye-opening and damning.
Watch it here…
You wouldn’t expect some of those touches from a Sunday League striker, never mind a Premier League forward on £250,000 a week.
We all know Lukaku is much better than this, so it has to be a confidence issue.
But unless he sorts himself out, United fans will continue to get on his back.
It’ll soon get to the point where Mourinho himself will wonder whether United require a new number nine going forwards.
The powerful Belgian is now playing for his future at Old Trafford.
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