Manchester United Football Club kept their unbeaten Premier League record intact, with Jose Mourinho’s men drawing 0-0 away at Anfield.
During any other season, that would have been hailed as a largely positive result. However, for some reason, Manchester United are coming in for heavy criticism for going to Liverpool and playing for a draw.
At this point in the season, I feel a sole point is an excellent result. We’re deluding ourselves if we don’t think Liverpool are a good team and we have to remember it’s still extremely early on in the season. A lot can change in the 30 games remaining, and we’re just two points off the top of the table.
One of the main targets by the media is Romelu Lukaku. The striker has scored eleven goals in eleven outings so far, but for some bizarre reason, he’s coming in for heavy criticism. He’s bound to have an off-day, but personally, I feel blaming him is an easy cop-out. United were never set up for him to score. That much was obvious.
Now, the 24-year-old has responded, and it’s good to see him remaining upbeat and confident.
“I don’t think too much about it. I just move on.” Lukaku said of people accusing him of not being a big-game player, per The Standard.
“I know expectations are really high but that is something I relish.
“When I was at Everton we have a different mindset going into games. Sometimes it was difficult against some teams when you play not to win and you don’t really create chances.
“Now I am in a team who want to win against big teams so I think the situation will change.
“I don’t put pressure on myself. The biggest pressure for me came in the European Super Cup against Real Madrid (in August) as that was the game when everyone was looking at me thinking, ‘Will he do it?’
“That game (in which he scored in a 2-1 defeat) freed me from everything.
“People will say this and that but I am in a situation where the team is performing really well even though there is a lot of work to do.
“The biggest strength is knowing you are going to score and knowing you are going to miss.
“A lot of strikers miss bigger chances than me but with me it is always, ‘Rom did this, Rom did that’.
“That is the standard I’ve set myself. It is something that happens in football and I am relaxed about it.”
When you move to Manchester United, you’ll immediately be under pressure, that’s just the nature of the beast. To this point, he’s been brilliant. The Old Trafford crowd have found their new icon, their talismanic striker, and I’m happy to give him the benefit of the doubt here. The former Everton star will get his opportunities to improve, he’s just too good not to.