Manchester United supporters were critical over the performance of Romelu Lukaku following Sunday’s 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester City. The Belgium international had not scored against any of the top-six coming into the game, and he struggled to find the cutting edge to his play once more.
Lukaku linked up play with the likes of Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard during the course of the first-half, but he mostly struggled in the second period, until he received a sitter from three yards. City goalkeeper Ederson made a great effort blocking the shot, but the Belgian should have scored with the goal at his mercy.
Here are some of the reactions over his performance…
Lukaku has become so useless to the Manchester United squad that De Gea can’t even save his dying form ??? pic.twitter.com/MuqErc9kgH
— 9jaWitches ?♀️?? (@badgalmaddie_) December 10, 2017
1) Not mourinhos Fault for constantly losing the ball.
2) we had the right line up to cause city problems
3) city weren’t actually great.
4) Lukaku deserves criticism today, Higuain/Lewa/Kane/Morata/Icardi Finish that chance easily.
5) The difference Pogba makes…
— All For United (@allforunited) December 10, 2017
Lukaku needs the Mkhitaryan treatment. Start Martial or Zlatan up front next few games.
— SCHOLES (@iamscholes) December 10, 2017
Lukaku cost us the title today. I like the guy but two assists for City and a missed sitter in a game of that magnitude. It's a long way back for that and Jose needs to learn to take him off#MUFC
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) December 10, 2017
For today's game
Lukaku = Waste
You can say '' Don't Lukaku my time'' and it will make sense ?
— Enekem ? (@EnekemGreg) December 10, 2017
Lukaku in man utd is like the P in Psychology….useless!
— Gaa (@gaajohnpaul7) December 10, 2017
Lukaku started the season in fine fashion with 11 goals in just 10 matches, but his form has since been alarming with just two goals in the next 14 appearances. To make things worse, the Belgian was potentially at fault for both of City’s goals with the latter involving a poor right-footed clearance which allowed Nicolas Otamendi an easy sight on goal for the winner.
With Bournemouth coming up next, Mourinho should stick with the Belgian, but another poor performance could potentially see him offer an opportunity to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been a regular from the substitutes’ bench.