The problem with Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku struggled at both ends of the pitch in Manchester United’s 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester City on Super Sunday. The Belgian striker’s record in the big games remains a concern for Jose Mourinho’s team, writes Adam Bate.

“I have been there,” Thierry Henry told Sky Sports. “You are waiting for that opportunity. That clear-cut opportunity. Stay focused, stay on it. As much as it was a great save, he has to hit the back of the net. He has to hit the back of the net and he didn’t. I feel sorry for him because that is what people are going to talk about tomorrow if the game stays like this.”

Unfortunately for Romelu Lukaku, the Manchester derby did stay that way – his United side beaten 2-1 at home by rivals Manchester City as Pep Guardiola’s team extended their lead at the top to 11 points. Not only did Lukaku fail to find a way past Ederson from point-blank range but he was culpable defensively for both of City’s goals. It was his nightmare day.




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