Manchester United supporters were encouraged by the showing of Romelu Lukaku during Saturday’s 2-2 Premier League draw versus Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. The Belgium international has been one of United’s standout performers of late, but his efforts came to no avail versus the Foxes as his teammates failed to pounce on goal-scoring opportunities.
Lukaku produced one of his best games in the United shirt as he was excellent with his link-up and hold-up play, but the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford Jesse Lingard failed to pounce on clear-cut chances which should have put the Red Devils out of sight.
Feel sorry for Lukaku. His best game since arriving at Manchester United. Created countless chances and comes away empty handed. Cruel.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) December 23, 2017
The only two players that should bet let off the hook are Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata. Both were superb tonight. Not their fault Manchester United have dropped points. #FullTimeLiam
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) December 23, 2017
Romelu Lukaku was absolutely superb tonight. Created two clear chances and had virtually no service for himself all night.
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) December 23, 2017
Lukaku had one of his finest matches in a Manchester United shirt, this time his teammates let him down. Shouldn’t be scapegoated.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) December 23, 2017
Imagine if Lukaku missed just one of those chances Lingard, Rashford or Martial missed. Just one of them. His blood will be all over Twitter.
— Babanla (@biolakazeem) December 23, 2017
Despite the draw, there were lot of positives over the performance of Lukaku, who has significantly upped his game since his individual mistakes which cost United in the derby defeat to Manchester City.
Aside from Lukaku, Juan Mata is another who has regained his scoring touch, and he will feel hard done by after his goals in either half were not sufficient to lead United to the victory they craved for.
Manchester United return to Premier League action against high-flying Burnley on Boxing Day, and Mourinho is certain to make at least a solitary change with Chris Smalling having sustained a groin injury in the tail-end of the Foxes game.