Manchester United legend Andy Cole believes Romelu Lukaku should start the FA Cup final against Chelsea this weekend regardless of his overall fitness.
The Belgium international picked up an ankle knock during the 2-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford last month and he has since been receiving treatment on the problem.
Despite this, Lukaku has travelled with the squad to London, but there are still doubts over whether he would command a starting spot in the Wembley showpiece.
Regardless of this, Cole feels the Belgian should take the risk of starting the game as he has the opportunity of winning his first title with the Red Devils on Saturday.
“I’ve watched him all season, like everybody else. I think he looks fantastic. It’s not nice when you’ve got that little bit of rhythm and pick up an injury. You know you’ve got a massive game coming up and are a bit touch and go or whatever,” he said.
“So it may be difficult for him but, hopefully, he’ll be passed fit and do the best he can. It’s not every year you’re going to get to the FA Cup final. There are no doubts that, if he’s even 90, 80 or 70 per cent fit, he’ll give it a go.”
Lukaku has been crucial towards United’s goalscoring this campaign and he has contributed 29 goals across all competitions – including five in the FA Cup.
As such, there has been the talk of him potentially playing through the pain barrier with injections, though it may pose a minor risk with the World Cup on the horizon.