Manchester United Football Club are struggling at the moment. Perhaps the one player who epitomises that the most is Romelu Lukaku.
The superstar Belgian enjoyed a stellar season at Old Trafford, scoring goals for fun, while making a real name for himself. He became Mourinho’s general, the go-to striker for the big games. More often than not, he delivered.
After an excellent summer at the World Cup, many expected him to come back an even more well-rounded footballer. However, his start to the season has been massively disappointing. It was summed up by another below-par display against Juventus. Sure, he was going up against some of the best centre-halves in the world last night, but you do expect better.
Following the 1-0 loss to the Old Lady, Mourinho tried to explain why Lukaku is struggling at this point…
‘Yeah. No critics at all, a complete understanding the player is a fantastic professional that wants to give everything for the team but I have to agree his moment is not sweet.” Mourinho told reporters, including the Daily Mail.
‘Not just with the goals that he is not scoring but also in his confidence, in his movement, in his touch, he is not linking the game well with the team. But he’s our striker and a good striker and a striker we believe in.
‘Could I play [Marcus] Rashford there? But then I don’t have a winger because in this moment we are in this difficult situation.
‘He [Lukaku] is a hard-working guy, is a good professional, but one day the goal will arrive and the confidence will be back.’
I guess the main way to get Lukaku out of the slump is to try and let him play through it. Now, that’s easier said than done because he has become extremely frustrating to watch.
Personally, I’d like to see the striker benched for a game or two. Give Alexis Sanchez or Marcus Rashford their shot through the middle. To be blunt, they can’t do any worse than Lukaku is right now. Plus, it’d give Lukaku something extra to work for as he tries to force his way back into the team.