For anyone who has watched Manchester United recently, they’ll know that Romelu Lukaku has been majorly struggling.
The 25-year-old forward has looked slow, tired, and low on confidence. Finally, Jose Mourinho took the decision to sit the Belgian striker on the bench as his former club, Everton, visited Old Trafford.
It meant an opportunity for Marcus Rashford through the middle. His pace and quickness was on display from the first minute. Although the 20-year-old didn’t have the best of afternoons himself, the team as a whole just looked far better with United’s #10 playing as the striker.
Before the match, manager Mourinho tried to explain his thought-process behind sitting Lukaku down, and his argument makes perfect sense.
“The reason is that he’s playing lots of matches and lately, not just not scoring goals but mentally, he is not showing lots of confidence.” Mourinho told Sky Sports, per Goal.
“Sometimes we decide that the best thing for the player is not to be on the pitch, is to be protected and away from the initial pressure.”
“If later he comes into the game, probably he can come with a positive feeling of trying to make a difference and be back to normality because normality with Romelu is to score a lot of goals.”
Like he says, it’s just a poor spell from Lukaku. I think he’s a brilliant striker, you cannot deny his goal-tally from last season was excellent. No doubt it’ll be more of the same in future, but right now, he’s just having a poor spell. That’s normal.
I feel like sitting him down for a week or two will only be a good thing. It allows Lukaku to rediscover that hunger in his belly, and now he’ll be working harder than ever to force his way back into the team. You can bet that, as soon as he gets his opportunity, he’ll score a goal or two and immediately be reinstated back into the line-up on a more permanent basis.