Manchester United’s season completely rests on the FA Cup final against Chelsea. It’s the only chance the Red Devils have at silverware this term, but it’ll be an extremely tricky fixture.
Romelu Lukaku has missed United’s last two games through injury, but early on in his road to recovery, all roads seemingly pointed to him being fit enough to start in the Wembley showpiece.
However, Jose Mourinho met the media today, and it seems as though things aren’t healing as quickly as initially thought. The self-proclaimed Special One admitted that the 24-year-old is currently in Belgium having treatment, but the gaffer didn’t seem to upbeat about his chances at starting the game – and was now suggesting that he may have to come off the substitutes bench…
“We hope he can play in the final,” Mourinho said, per ManUtd.com. “He is in Belgium, having his treatment with communication between the doctors in Belgium and our medical department. We are just waiting to see if it’s possible for him to be involved in the final. If not starting, then at least on the bench.”
In my opinion, the last two games have highlighted just how important Lukaku is to this Manchester United side. It’s not just his goals either, the all-round play has been mightily impressive. He enjoys bringing other teammates into the game, and the physicality is hugely important, particularly when it comes to winning the aerial duels.
If he doesn’t start the final then we’ll be at an immediate disadvantage. I’m just not sure who else we can entrust to lead the line. Yes, both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are brilliant footballers, but they’re lacking in the experience that is needed in a huge game like this.
Right now, I’m praying for some sort of miraculous recovery from Lukaku, we’re certainly going to need him.