Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Steve Nicol believes Jose Mourinho will not sympathise with Romelu Lukaku, should he failed to overcome his goalscoring drought. The Belgium international scored 11 goals in his first 10 appearances for United, but he has since failed to find the scoresheet in seven outings across all competitions.
Speaking to ESPN FC h/t The Express, Nicol said that Mourinho does not have much confidence in Lukaku at the moment after he allowed Anthony Martial to take the penalty in the Champions League triumph over Benfica last month.
The 55-year-old added that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could get the nod over Lukaku, should the Belgian continue his goalless streak in the United shirt, he said: “Listen, if he’s not going to let him take a penalty after spending £80million on him, and he’s not scoring goals, you think he’s going to play him over Ibrahimovic?, I don’t think so.”
Despite the criticism, Lukaku looked unperturbed on Friday night as he netted a brace for Belgium in a 3-3 friendly draw versus Mexico. The 24-year-old also contributed a vital assist for Anthony Martial in the 1-0 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur last month and his lean streak could be attributed to the form of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has been one of United’s average performers of late.
Ibrahimovic is likely to make his injury comeback between December and the start of 2018, but his involvement in the starting lineup could largely be dependent on whether he can replicate the work rate displayed during his maiden campaign at Old Trafford.