Former Manchester United and France striker Louis Saha believes Jose Mourinho is to blame for Romelu Lukaku’s inconsistent debut season at Old Trafford, reports the Mirror.
The Belgian international joined from Everton in the summer and got his United career off to a perfect start with seven goals in his first seven Premier League games. However, Lukaku has struggled to find the back of the net on such a regular basis since, scoring only four times in 16 games that have followed.
Saha believes his manager is to blame, as Mourinho’s defensive style often sees Lukaku isolated in games and being given only scraps to make opportunities from. The 24-year-old has still scored an impressive 17 goals in 33 games in all competitions for United this season, but his inconsistent league form is an issue.
“He started well, we can see that he has got more in him,” said Saha in an interview with Reuters. “We want to see him rip apart some defenders because he can do it.
“Physically he’s so strong. I will say that he can do more but that’s easy to say. Sometimes Lukaku might not be helped with Mourinho’s style of play. I wish next season maybe, with one year under his belt, he’ll be even more consistent.”
Lukaku signed for £75m in the summer. The club showed a lot of faith in him, and he was initially repaying it before hitting a slump between the start of October and mid-December, which suggests he can overcome his woes in the league.
The Belgian has scored 98 Premier League goals in just over 200 games for West Brom, Everton and United. It’s easy to forget how young he still is too.