Yet more pressure was piled upon Jose Mourinho this week as Manchester United slumped to a painful 0-0 draw with Valencia at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils were lifeless on the night, and failed to greatly test the La Liga outfit – managing just four shots on target throughout the match. Whilst the home side were poor to a man, a few big names stood out for being particularly ineffective.
Romelu Lukaku was chief amongst these underperforming stars. The 25-year-old, who is valued at £90 million by Transfermarkt – roughly the figure, including add-ons, that United paid to sign him in 2017 – was utterly anonymous up front. The Belgium international’s only standout moment in the match was an attempted step-over which resulted in the 6’3” forward stumbling awkwardly over the ball.
After the match, many United fans took to Twitter to criticise the No. 9’s dreadful display. Check out some of the reaction below…
The 3 frauds of Man United.
— Abubakar Yakubu (@Adego4real) 3 October 2018
I’ve seen countless tweets slating Alexis but none about Lukaku?! If Alexis was up top we would score so many more goals due to his ability to drop deep as a false 9 & link the play together, which in turn would create space for others… Lukaku is a footballer! #MUFC
— Elliott Holdsworth (@elliott_h123) 3 October 2018
I was suggesting lukaku should be drop and Fellaini should take place of that 9 position #MUFC
— Ifasco25 (@ifasco25) 3 October 2018
What has happened to Lukaku?
Like seriously…. the guy has forgotten how to play football
— MUFC HASS (@Crazy_MUFC_Hass) 3 October 2018
Jose’s decision to pin his hat to Lukaku for 70 mill is one of his biggest errors. It means we’re one dimensional in attack and reliant on a striker not quite good enough. He looks to have hit his ceiling already. Every time he cuts inside on to his left, I wish he was RVP #MUFC
— Thomas Parsons (@TommyP_10) 3 October 2018
Deadly serious when i say drop Lukaku and give Rashford and Greenwood a run as central striker #MUFC
— Paul Burton (@PaulBurton_15) 3 October 2018
Lukaku used to be a beast. Used to.#mufc
— Keviin Chadee (@keviinchadee4) 3 October 2018
Lukaku might be the only person worse than Jose at united
— J'9 (@Jaiyee) October 2, 2018
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