Manchester United hadn’t won in their three previous outings, with Jose Mourinho’s team dropping further off the Premier League pace. However, the Red Devils returned to winning ways against Everton, with Romelu Lukaku missing the clash against his former team due to a head injury.
The 24-year-old Belgium international suffered the blow in United’s previous game against Southampton, and at the time, it looked rather serious. Following the win against Everton, Mourinho has eased fans’ fears about Lukaku, which is great news for us, as we enter the second half of the season.
Thankfully, the self-proclaimed Special One confirmed that there is ‘not a problem’ for the striker, who actually wanted to play against Everton, but Mourinho chose not to risk his star.
“Romelu is not a problem,” Mourinho told reporters, including Team Talk.
“Maybe Romelu can play (against Derby). It was precaution by the doctor, it was following the rules to protect the situation but Romelu was in the dressing room, never lost memory, he knew what happened.”
“He didn’t come today to follow the protocol but he wanted to play. We had to stop him to play because he was saying, ‘I feel amazing, I should go and play’ but to follow the protocol and also to protect the player, we decided not to play (him).
“Probably Romelu (is) back (against Derby).”
Now that we’ve a few days break before we take on Derby County, this is the perfect opportunity for Lukaku to heal up and get himself back to 100%. To be brutally honest, I’d be surprised if we risked him against the Championship side. Personally, I’d like to see him given an extra week off, so that he can fully prepare for United’s next Premier League game against Stoke City.
The rest will not only allow him to heal, but give him some time to work out what has gone wrong while playing recently. The big man has been in a slight slump and his form has to change if we’ve any chance at winning silverware this term.