Manchester United recorded an excellent victory at home to Fulham on Saturday, with Jose Mourinho’s team scoring four goals for the first time this season.
The Red Devils were by far the better outfit from the get-go, with Marcus Rashford the star-of-the-show from an attacking standpoint.
Romelu Lukaku also netted against The Cottagers, his second strike in the last three, as he looks to work himself back into form.
It has been widely documented (and correctly so) that Lukaku has been struggling this term. He has looked toothless in attack, and Mourinho, at one point, took the decision to bench the Belgian.
Now, Match of the Day pundit, Martin Keown, has weighed in on the situation, labelling Lukaku a ‘pussycat’ for his play during the season.
“He’s played like a pussycat for most of this season,” Keown said, per the Daily Mirror.
“If you get that tiger in the eye, and he’s fired up, I wouldn’t want to play against him.”
“That’s the challenge. Can he play like that every week?”
Honestly, I think it’s a fair comment. I tend to do my best to disprove anything Keown says because he talks absolute rubbish most of the time, but he’s on the money with this one.
Football, at the elite level, is more about confidence than anything else. The talent-margin is often so small and performances come from the mental side.
When you’re feeling good, you can look unbeatable, but when you are in the wrong place mentally, it can be tough to battle through.
We’ve seen from his performances last season that Lukaku has it in his locker to play at a top level consistently, and I’m fully backing him to rediscover that form over the hectic winter schedule.