Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has been on a goal-scoring spree this season, the Belgian has netted 7 times in his 8 appearances this season. United went to Anfield today to face Liverpool in what was being termed as their first real test of the season and managed to earn a hard-fought point after a goalless draw. The battle between two of the best attacks in the Premier League was largely dominated by Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Lukaku’s effectiveness on the pitch was questioned by former Manchester United defender and football pundit Gary Neville who thought that the striker failed to cope up with the pressure of a game at Anfield. Romelu Lukaku kept tussling with the Liverpool backline but failed to get a breakthrough for United.
Giving his verdict on the Sky Sports after the heavyweight clash, Neville said he was disappointed with Lukaku. According to him, this was his day to come up and show the rivals that he has got in him what it takes to be a Manchester United striker, but in large part of the 90 minutes, football Lukaku remained blunt.
He came close to scoring the opener but his shot went directly into the hands of Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.
“He’s a Manchester United centre-forward, there are high expectations of what you’ve got to do in games, big games, win games. “He’s done that already this season and he’s taken all the praise, he’s had a brilliant start to his Manchester United career. But, on a game like today, that’s a game where you really are judged.”
“I didn’t think his influence was good enough,” said Gary Neville in the post-match analysis.
On a day when Manchester United’s talented trio of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku failed to find the back of the net, Liverpool had a few bright moments on the pitch but failed to convert any of those. United adopted a defensive route in the late stages of the game as Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini’s presence in the midfield was largely missed. Either one of them could have made it easier for United today.
Talking a bit more about Romelu Lukaku’s performance Gary Neville went on to add that it should be understood that coming after the international duty and playing at Anfield in your first game is not at all an easy task but these are the games which will make you a Manchester United hero.
“It’s a tough place to come, it’s a really tough place to come. But it’s the big matches that will define him as a Manchester United striker, not the matches where he sort of bullies teams.”